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Elevate Ethics

The 2015 edition of Elevate Ethics exceeded the Institute's expectations. Despite challenging weather conditions, we more than doubled our in-person event attendance, as well as doubling our audience on the web.

Our panelists shared their unique insights and the audience followed up with thoughtful questions. Thank you to our attendees, panelists and our moderator. We plan to publish a complete summary of the event, as well as the video from the evening very soon.


Should Corporations Have Explicit Human Rights Policies?

Human Rights Discussion

On Thursday, March 12, The Institute for Enterprise Ethics and Level 3 Communications hosted a roundtable discussion on this question for a group of 23 participants. Here is a very brief summary of the resulting lively and passionate discussion. The discussion was led by Professor Jack Donnelly, the Andrew Mellon Professor and John Evans Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. During the discussion, many additional questions were brought up and discussed with passion and enthusiasm.

Click here to read a complete summary.

Two More Examples of Business and Social Progress Coming Together

Socail Responsibity in Business

Recently, the Gates Foundation started using a traditional business approach to guiding the development of important vaccines by small poorly funded pharmaceutical companies by making direct equity investments rather than providing research grants. Also KKR Founder George Roberts is funding a not-for-profit enterprise that provides training and entry level jobs for the chronically unemployed


What's New

Trends in Corporate Governance

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | Governance
On Thursday, May 14, the Institute for Enterprise Ethics hosted an executive breakfast for 20+ executives and independent directors on the most important recent developments in corporate governance. The discussion was led by Professor John Holcomb of the Daniels College of Business and produced a lively and robust conversation on issues including corporate political activities, shareholder activism and cybersecurity.

To view Professor Holcomb’s slide presentation on these topics, please 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.
Can Bankers (Be Made to) Behave?
Business Ethics | Can Bankers Behave?

William D. Cohan, author of House Cards and Money and Power and contributor to many major periodicals on topics of finance and Wall Street wrote a powerful piece in the May 2015 edition of The Atlantic magazine addressing just this question – “Can bankers Behave?” His answer appears to be yes, but it’s not likely. Cohan asks if “Wall Street’s deepest flaws (might) be cultural, promulgated over generations by leaders who have chosen to reward those who cut corners, stab colleagues in the back and engage in otherwise unethical behavior?”.

To read more click here.

Strategic Partners

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.

Strategic Partners

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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