Course Details

Course Overview

Wrongdoing by businesses has focused public attention and government involement to encourage more acceptable business conduct. Any business decision may be judged as right or wrong, ethical or unethical, legal or illegal. The acceptability of behaviour in business is determined by customers, competitors, government regulators, interest groups,and the public, as well as each individual's personal moral principles and values.

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • describe the different perspectives on ethics and social responsibility;
  • explain the relationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility;
  • critique an organizational ethics statement;
  • identify the various stakeholders with interests in ethical issues;
  • improve ethical behaviour in business
  • evaluate your organization’s policy on discrimination and harassmenta and;
  • create a social responsibility policy for your organization

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    a. Ethics: Definition and Tradition Define business ethics and describe different perspectives on ethics. Critique and organizational ethics statement.
    b. Regulatory Codes of Ethics
    c. Stakeholders Identify various stakeholders with interests in ethical issues in the context of their organizations.
    d. Social Responsibility Explain the relationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
    e. Ethical Orientation
    f. The Polluter’s Dilemma
  2. Environmental Sustainability
    a. Sustainable Supply Chains Discuss the rationale and potential benefits of sustainable supply chains.
    b. Carbon Footprint Identify opportunities for your organization to create a greener supply chain. Calculate the carbon footprints.
    c. ISO 14000 Evaluate the potential of ISO 14000 for their organization and supply chain.
  3. Discrimination and Harassment: The Law
    a. Defining Discrimination and Harassment Know the federal and provincial laws covering discrimination and harassment.
    b. Organizational Policy Comment on your organization’s policy on discrimination and harassment.
    c. Sexual Harassment Mini-case Discuss the impact of discrimination on organizational productivity.
  4. Social Issues
    a. International Labor Organization (ILO) Standards To explain the ILO standards
    b. ISM Principles To identify safety and security issues within your organization, and among key members of your supply chain
    c. Free Trade versus Fair Trade Be familiar with distinctions between free trade and fair trade, and determine your organization’s view on free versus fair trade.
    d. Kraft and Rainforest Alliance
  5. Community Involvement
    a. Community and the Organization
    b. Examples of Community Involvement Identify opportunities for their organizations to become more involved in the local community.
  6. Social Responsibility Presentations
    a. Propose a statement of social responsibility to a group of their peers.
    b. Question and or Comment on such a statement delivered by someone else.
  7. Social Responsibility Report and Workshop Wrap Up
    a. Begin preparation of their workshop final report.
    b. Discuss the key concepts covered during the session.
    c. Discuss how they would apply the concepts in their organization.
    d. Prepare a final report

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