Ethical decision-making

What Does it Mean for an Organization to Have an Ethical Culture?

Transcendent Values Must Lead the Way Are organizations ethical? How can we know? One way is to ask key questions such as: What are the values that inform ethical behavior? What is necessary to ethically evaluate whether and how their actions affect stakeholders? Does the organization have an ethical culture... Read more →


Incorporating a Balanced Scorecard Approach into Social Entrepreneurship

The Best Way to Measure Results of Performance in Today’s Organization Social enterprise has been a buzz word for millennials for some time now. A social enterprise is a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose. Social enterprises seek to maximize profits while maximizing benefits... Read more →


A Purpose-Driven Culture in Business is Important for Millennials

Why Ethics Should Take on a Greater Role in Business Decision-Making According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Culture Trends, 71 percent of employees said they would take a pay cut to work for a company whose values they share and 39% would quit if asked to do something unethical by their... Read more →


Corporate Culture Run Amok

Product Safety Scandals Keep On Coming How can we explain the extent of recent corporate wrongdoing that raises the question: Where were the top officials? Just in the past few years we learned of fictitious accounts set up for customers at Wells Fargo and adding costs to the products sold... Read more →


Why Do Businesses Continue to Ignore Their Role as a Moral Agent?

Wells Fargo, VW, Takata Air Bags, and J&J: Failing the Ethical Tests of Moral Agency One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong... Read more →


Office Politics: How to Play the Game – Ethically

Workplace Ethics Advice Yesterday I posted a blog on my Ethics Sage blog site about the nature of office politics and basic ethical considerations. Today I look at how office politics is played and how you can use it to your (ethical) advantage. Socialization Organizations are social places and much... Read more →


What Ever Happened to Johnson & Johnson?

From Ethics Hero to Goat On July 12, 2018, J&J was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The punitive damage part of the award ($4.14 billion) was the... Read more →


Pregnancy Discrimination

Blog by Pepperdine University student Ivy This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog #5. People need to realize that pregnancy... Read more →


Giving Voice to Integrity in the Workplace

Do What You Think is Right Because it is Right I have previously blogged about integrity in the workplace and today’s piece is an extension of those issues. Integrity is an essential ingredient in being an ethical person. Personal integrity is an innate moral conviction to stand against things that... Read more →


Ethics and Compliance: Workplace Values That Strengthen Corporate Culture

Ethics & Compliance Initiative 2018 GBES Survey Results The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) recently issued its 2018 Global Business Ethics Survey (GBES) that reports on the impact that an ethics and compliance (E&C) can have in the workplace with respect building a sound, ethical culture in organizations. A strong... Read more →