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Executive Comp and Wealth Disparity

Federal Reserve

On September 18, 2014, the Federal Reserve System reported that household wealth in the US had grown by some $37 trillion since the year 2000. They also reported that 100 percent of these wealth gains had gone to the top 3 percent of income earners. The next 7 percent of wage owners stayed the same in their wealth allocation and the bottom 90 percent of income earners experienced steady declines in their wealth (See Federal Reserve Bulletin). Clearly this does not seem like a fair distribution.

That was the topic of discussion on November 2, 2014 when the Institute for Enterprise Ethics hosted a follow-up discussion to a May discussion on “How the Think about the Ethics of Executive Compensation." The follow-up discussion dealt with the question of the relationship between wealth disparity in the U.S. and corporations’ executive compensation policies. Click here for a summary from that discussion.

Annual Report

2013/2014 Annual Report

The 2013/2014  Institute for Enterprise Ethics Annual Report is now available online. The report highlights our activities and major events throughout the year.  As you will see, the Institute has had a full and successful agenda. We would like to thank all of our supporters and participants who have made it possible for the Institute to make good progress in the pursuit of our mission of helping enterprise leaders weave the principles of ethical leadership into the fabric of their organization.

Click here to view the 2013/2014 Annual Report in PDF format.


What's New

Confidence, Purpose and Leadership

Deliotte | Enterprise Ethics“Our research indicates that focusing on purpose rather than profits builds business confidence and drives investment. This is a critical finding—and underscores the significant impact a ‘culture of purpose’ can play in fostering a thriving business community.”

Punit Renjen
Chairman of the Board, Deloitte.

Deloitte’s third annual core Beliefs and Culture study demonstrated the powerful relationship between a strong sense of purpose for a company and confidence in that company’s performance. However, the study also demonstrated that this relationship is powerful only to the extent that the company’s leaders live that sense of purpose.

Read the report click here.

Leadership, Morality and Accountability

Enterprise Ethics

Two different perspectives on accountability arrived on my screen recently, from two good friends, great colleagues and very keen thinkers. One perspective used accountability as a prime dimension of leadership, arguing becoming an effective leader requires accepting accountability for results well beyond one’s own level of comfort.

The other perspective dealt with the proposition that corporations could be held morally accountable not because they have a soul, but because they have a culture and that culture should drive ethical behavior. It seems to me these two perspectives are very complementary.

Click here and see what you think.
GM and the High Price of Cultural Neglect

Enterprise Ethics | GM ScandalWhy did the problem of a faulty ignition switch languish in some small backwater of the GM bureaucracy for more than a decade?

Well, there appear to be several reasons the company decided to produce and sell a product to that the decision makers knew was defective, did not meet the company’s own specifications and would not consistently operate the way it was supposed to.

To read more click here.

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NetImpact's mission is tNetImpact | University of Denvero cultivate a community of Daniel's College of Business students and professionals dedicated to using business as a platform for creating positive social, environmental, and financial impact.

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National Association of Corporate Directors | Colorado Chapter

The vision of the National Association of Corporate Directors is to develop the best educated directors with a focus on skills, ethics and leadership.  Their mission is to provide real learning and quality networking for directors and board engaged “C” suite officers and to be the voice for the director.


About the Institute

The Institute for Enterprise Ethics was established at the Daniel's College of Business as the vehicle to extend the College’s expertise and resources in business ethics to the practitioner community of executives, officers and directors of commercial and social enterprises in the region.

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