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Unformatted text preview: The responsibility for promoting, developing and maintaining a culture of ethical integrity within an organization lies with the organiza- tion and its leadership team. Its a responsibility that should be taken seriously as there is much to be gained or lost. While this perspective might ring true or seem obvious, it conflicts with some recently pub- lished opinions. For example, an op-ed article published in The Boston Globe in June, The Business of Business Ethics, suggests that the emergence of business ethics is a result of the Wall Street scan- dals of the 80s, and that companies simply put ethicists on staff because it looks good and shows compliance with legal standards. The ethicists primary responsibility, the author opines, is to diminish the tendency toward greed. Our thoughts on ethics programs, as well as on who might be responsible for what, are quite different. A good ethics program or ethics training in a company is about all employees sharing responsibility and agreeing on a shared purpose values, vision and goals as well as a decision- making process that incorporates shared values. In addition, effective ethics work must address the inter-relationship between moral courage, ethics and leadership. If an organization embraces this kind of approach or training and accepts the associated responsibilities, then fewer instances of unethi- cal decision-making will occur....
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