Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Reporting ethical problems, part of Business Ethics.
- Seeing or being subject to unethical behavior…can be distressing.…Actually reporting the incident that has occurred…can be even more traumatic.…There can be concerns about a lack of confidentiality…and potential repercussions.…A complete and just ethical framework…will include a documented approach…where your staff can confidentially report…ethics concerns.…Reporting is vastly important.…Awareness of issues alone won't help…your organization reduce the impact…of unethical behavior on decision-making…and business results.…
In turn, reporting alone won't prevent…the unethical few from continuing…their unethical behavior.…Reporting needs to be encouraged and supported.…And it needs to be followed up with action…that addresses any underlying ethical issues.…Multiple reporting paths need to exist.…One when general personnel are witnessed…committing questionable acts,…and another when a person's manager…is the potential violator.…Reporting an ethics violation performed by…a member of your managerial chain of command…can be very tricky.…
Bob also discusses ethics in relationship to specific business scenarios: working with suppliers and vendors, organizational decision making, and doing business internationally. He addresses how to handle business ethics violations and provides a checklist of items for staff to evaluate if something is ethical.
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- Define the purpose and intent of business ethics.
- Describe why particular situations might be considered ethical or unethical.
- Determine how to approach and report unethical behavior.
- Identify how to message ethical policies to your staff.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior by leading by example.
- List options and best practices for escalating problems in your department.