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Ethical Leadership in American Business — A Dialogue

Elevate EthicsElevate Ethics will feature three senior executives from leading corporations based in the Denver area. The event will be live streamed to allow for National and International participation on May 14, 2014, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. MDT. A small audience will be on-site at the newly renovated Reiman Theater.

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Where was the Board?

Enterprise Ethics | Where was the board?

We have heard this question a lot recently. Every time a company seems to get into trouble due to some apparent malfeasance, everybody asks the same question: “Where was the board?”

Click here for an answer to that question with regard to one company’s board of directors. We are very grateful to the National Association of Corporate Directors for giving us permission to share this video interview with you. Laban Jackson is the Chair of the audit committee for the JPMorgan Chase board of directors. 

He describes and discusses how he, the audit committee and the board dealt with the “London Whale” episode from its inception.

Rethinking Capitalism

Bill George | Rethinking Capitalism

"I don’t subscribe to the notion that companies exist to create value strictly for their shareholders. I think they are there to create value for the customers,"
Bill George, on rethinking capitalism.

For some really good advice on corporate leadership, corporate governance, board-management relations, long-term global corporate strategy, selecting and managing shareholders, and creating value from a genuine expert, Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic and current professor at Harvard Business School, all in less than seven minutes, click here.

What's New

All the Best, Mr. Nadella.

Microsoft’s new CEO, its third in 30 years, comes to the job with two very important tailwinds and two very strong headwinds. How he deals with these winds will determine how he navigates his new office and the dangerous waters of the market place.

Nadella appears to be a compromise candidate plucked from within the bowels of Microsoft with less than unanimous support from the full board. This is a tough way to start a new CEO career.

The Institute wishes him the very best. Click here to see what we think.

What happened to J & J?

Institute for Enterprise EthicsAttorney General Eric Holder, describing the $2.2 billion fine on Johnson and Johnson, was recently quoted as saying: “J&J displayed a reckless indifference to the safety of the American people.” This case follows over a decade of other accusation, indictments and fines on the company once revered as the gold standard for ethical business behavior. How can a company that had operated on such high standards for ethical behavior become so blatantly irresponsible, dishonest, unethical and even criminal in the space of forty years? I think it’s all a matter of effective executive stewardship. Click here to read more.

Top Board Priorities for 2014

Top Board Priorities for 2014

The opening of a new year always suggests new opportunities, challenges and priorities. Daniels’ Professor John Holcomb and Institute Director Dan Sweeney have developed a short list of five top priorities for Boards of Directors for the coming year. Click here to read more.

For a more detailed commentary on a longer list of issues for boards in 2014 from Arthur Kohn, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as posted on the Conference Board Governance Center Blog 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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