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Business Ethics in the 21st Century (MAN-BETC-01)


Course Description

This course deals with business ethics, the consideration of questions of moral right versus wrong in the context of business practice. Individual business leaders are increasingly being held responsible and accountable for their ethical behavior. Organizations have learned that the costs of unethical actions can be high, both legally, and from the perspective of brand image and reputation.
This course reviews how organizations can establish and encourage an ethical culture while monitoring for compliance.
This course offers 10 HRCI re-certification credits for individuals holding a HR Certification Institute certification.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

Describe the major ethical frameworks used in developing business ethics
Explain the three components of the Ethical Triangle: Individual Ethics, Leadership Ethics, and Governance and Control
Discuss key ethical challenges in the workplace
Describe the use of organizational ethics codes
Outline the ethical issues involved in the employer-employee relationship including Employment at Will, due process and fairness
Discuss the use of ethics training
Explain how organizations monitor ethical performance
Describe the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethics
Outline issues involving corporate governance
Explain how sustainability is an ethical concern
Discuss ethics and the regulatory environment (Sarbanes-Oxley Act; U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)
Explain the issues around whistleblowing
Describe the role of leadership in establishing an ethical culture


3 months




This course is designed for adult learners interested in gaining an overview of business ethics.






This course has a "Mentor Expert" helpdesk feature. Learners have the ability to submit questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying.


This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

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