Ethical Issues in Business

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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:
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 (i.e., as can be found in an employee handbook or employee guidelines)(suggested length of 5–7 pages) for the given company in which you do the following:
A. Develop an applicable standards and procedures section that includes four elements of acceptable or unacceptable behavior found in a code of ethics.
B. Develop a section that identifies at least three specific elements for an ethics training program.
C. Develop a section that explains the processes for each of the following:
1. Monitoring employee misconduct
2. Auditing employee misconduct
3. Reporting employee misconduct
D. Develop a section that explains your plan to do the following:
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of the ethics program after implementation.
2. Provide suggestions to improve the ethics program after implementation.
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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EST 310.2.1-08
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value: 1.00 value: 2.00 value: 3.00 value: 4.00 Score/Level
Articulation of Response (clarity, organization)
There is no evidence of response to the prompts. The articulation of the response is weak. The articulation of the response is adequate. The articulation of the response is skillful.
Accuracy of Mechanics (grammar, punctuation, spelling)
The work includes several major errors that disrupt the meaning or flow of the response. The work includes a few major errors and/or many minor errors that interfere with the clarity of the response. The work includes a few minor errors but no readily detectable major errors. The work includes no readily detectable major or minor errors.
A. Standards and Procedures
The candidate does not develop an applicable standards and procedures section that includes 4 elements of acceptable or unacceptable behavior found in a code of ethics. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops an applicable standards and procedures section that includes 4 elements of acceptable or unacceptable behavior found in a code of ethics.
B. Ethics Training Plan
The candidate does not develop a section that identifies at least 3 specific elements for an ethics training program. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops a section that identifies 3 or more specific elements for an ethics training program.
C1. Monitoring Misconduct
The candidate does not develop a section that explains the process for monitoring employee misconduct. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops a section that explains the process for monitoring employee misconduct.
C2. Auditing Misconduct
The candidate does not develop a section that explains the process for auditing employee misconduct. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops a section that explains the process for auditing employee misconduct.
C3. Reporting Misconduct
The candidate does not develop a section that explains the process for reporting employee misconduct. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops a section that explains the process for reporting employee misconduct.
D1. Evaluate
The candidate does not develop a section that explains the candidate’s plan to evaluate the current effectiveness of the ethics program. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops a section that explains the candidate’s plan to evaluate the current effectiveness of the ethics program.
D2. Improve
The candidate does not develop a section that explains the candidate’s plan to provide suggestions to improve the current ethics program. Not applicable. Not applicable. The candidate develops a section that explains the candidate’s plan to provide suggestions to improve the current ethics program.
E. Sources
When the candidate uses sources, the candidate does not provide in-text citations and references for each source used. When the candidate uses sources, the candidate provides appropriate in-text citations and references with major deviations from APA style. When the candidate uses sources, the candidate provides appropriate in-text citations and references with minor deviations from APA style. When the candidate uses sources, the candidate provides appropriate in-text citations and references with no readily detectable deviations from APA style, OR the candidate does not use sources.
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