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Unformatted text preview: r at Work 4-6 3 2/16/2014 Five Key Reasons Business
Should Be Ethical
1. To meet demands of business stakeholders About three-fourths of employees surveyed in 2007 believe their
firms are considering the environment, employee well-being,
and the interests of society and the community.
Meeting demands of stakeholders is good business 2. To enhance business performance Research shows linkage between ethically responsible
behavior and favorable corporate financial performance
Imparts trust, promoting positive alliances among
4-7 Five Key Reasons Business
Should Be Ethical
3. To comply with legal requirements Two legal requirements provide direction for companies
interested in being more ethical in their business operations U.S. Corporate Sentencing Guidelines Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Although they apply only to U.S.-based firms, these legal
requirements also provide a model for firms that operate outside
the United States 4-8 4 2/16/2014 U.S. Corporate Sentencing Guidelines Establish standards and procedures to reduce criminal
conduct Assign high-level officer(s) responsibility for compliance Not assign discretionary authority to “risky” individuals Effectively communicate standards and procedures through
training Take reasonable steps to ensure compliance—monitor and
audit systems, maintain and publicize reporting systems Enforce standards and procedures through disciplinary
mechanisms Following detection of offense, respond appropriately and
4-9 Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Born from the ethics scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco Seeks to ensure that firms maintain high ethical standards
in how they conduct and monitor business operations Requires executives to vouch fo...
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- Spring '14