Competency 310.2.1: Ethical Issues in Business 

SUBDOMAIN 310.2 – ETHICS

Competency 310.2.1: Ethical Issues in Business – The graduate can determine ethical and socially responsible courses of action in a given business situation.

Objective 310.2.1-05: Evaluate a given situation to determine a company’s attitude toward social responsibility.

Introduction:

Many believe that business entities should have an ethical duty to be socially responsible, to work towards increasing its positive effects on society while decreasing its negative effects. Many organizations look for opportunities to be socially responsible while also creating shareholder wealth.

Given:

Company Q is a small local grocery store chain located in a major metropolitan area. They have recently closed two stores in higher-crime-rate areas of the city because they were consistently losing money. After years of requests from customers, all of their stores have started offering a very limited amount of health-conscious and organic products—all of which are high-margin items. When asked by the area’s food bank for donation of day-old products, management declined deciding instead to throw the food away, citing worries over lost revenues due to possible fraud and stealing by employees who may claim they are donating the food.

Task:

Write a brief essay responding to the given statement (suggested length of 2–3 pages) in which you:

  1.  Evaluate Company Q’s current attitude toward social responsibility.
  2. Determine whether Company Q’s actions, as described in the scenario, are socially responsible or not.
  3. Explain your reasoning as to whether Company Q’s actions are socially responsible or not.

  1.  Recommendthreeactions that Company Q could take to improve the company’s attitude toward social responsibility, based on the information described in the scenario.

  1.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the attached Rubric Terms.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.

 

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SUBDOMAIN 310.2 – ETHICS

Competency 310.2.3: Ethics Programs – The graduate can develop an appropriate and comprehensive ethics program for a given business venture.

Objective 310.2.3-08: Develop an ethics program for a company.

Introduction:

Because of the increased scrutiny on the actions of corporations and those who act on behalf of organizations, there has been increased attention placed on the ethical actions within organizations. Many organizations have responded to this increased scrutiny by establishing formal ethics programs to address what are appropriate actions for those working for the company.

Given Scenario:

You are the ethics officer at a new company, Company X, and you have been charged with the task of creating an ethics program as a part of the new employee handbook. Your program should include a standards and procedures section, an ethics training section, a section regarding employee misconduct, and a plan for evaluating and improving the ethics program after implementation.

Task:

Develop an ethics program, as can be found in an employee handbook or employee guidelines, (suggested length of 57 pages) for the given company in which you do the following:

A.  Develop an applicable standards and procedures section that includes a minimum of four elements of acceptable or unacceptable behavior found in a code of ethics.

 

     Note: This section should clearly describe specific actions, conduct, and/or behaviors that would be acceptable (or unacceptable) for your employees. A dress code policy is a good example of standards and procedures.

 

B.  Describe the type of training program that you will provide for your organization.

1. Develop a section that identifies a minimum of three specific components for an ethics training program.

 

     Note: Components to consider include the frequency of trainings, specific content included in training program (e.g., workplace safety), duration of the training program, who will conduct/facilitate trainings, and how trainings will be delivered or presented to employees.

 

C.  Develop a section that explains the processes for each of the following:

1.  Monitoring employee misconduct

a.  Identify measures or procedures to be used

b.  What type of misconduct will you be looking for and how will you look for it

c.  Who will be doing the monitoring

2.  Reporting employee misconduct

a.  Identify measures or procedures you will use

b.  How might an employee report a co-worker who is violating company policy

 

D.  Develop a section that explains your plan to audit the ethics program after implementation by addressing each of the following:

  • What tools are used to measure the effectiveness of your ethics program?
  • What is the frequency of review?
  • Who will conduct the review?
  • How will improvements be implemented?
  • How will changes be communicated?

E.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the attached Rubric Terms.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.

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