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Ethically Speaking

Ethically Speaking is a podcast produced by the Institute for Enterprise Ethics and moderated by the Institute's Director, Dan Sweeney, It features members of the Daniels College of Business faculty. The production offers unique insights on the issues facing businesses and business people through a lens of integrity and fair play.

Click here to listen to the most recent episode, "Disruptive


2015 IEE Annual Report

2015 Institute For Enterprise Ethics Annual Report
It has been an exciting and productive time at the Institute for Enterprise Ethics. The 2015 Annual Report contains fiscal year 2014-15 highlights such as Elevate Ethics, the launch of Quarterly Ethics Review and numerous informative events.

We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters alike for another year of being on the vanguard of bringing the discussion of ethics and corporate responsibility to the forefront of business in America.

Click here to access the 2015 Annual Report.

Open Letter to Volkswagen

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | VW Diesel Fraud

Dear VW: 

You will not regain the trust of your customers by offering to sell them another new VW with a couple of hundred dollar discount.  They can get that anywhere.

You will establish your integrity only by compensating them for the loss in value of their vehicle due to the fraud you perpetrated on them, by selling them an automobile you knew was not what they thought they were buying – about $1,700 per vehicle according to Kelley Blue Book. Cash will be preferred.


What's New

“Commerce should have a conscience."

Warren Buffet | Conscience

“Commerce should have a conscience. Profit should have a purpose.”

This headline is from the home page of i(x) Investments, a permanently capitalized operating company modeled after co-founder Howard Warren Buffet’s grandfather’s company Berkshire Hathaway, but devoted to finding early stage and undervalued investment opportunities that bring about positive social change and address some of the world’s greatest human needs.

Click here to read more.

What is CSR Business Strategy?

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | David Chandler

Professor David Chandler, Associate Professor at Colorado University at Denver was interviewed recently on this topic by Marc de Sousa-Shields who runs the CSR consultancy, ES Global Consulting for the blog The Sustainable Century.

Dr. Chandler will lead a roundtable discussion for the Institute on March 10, 2016 on “The Sustainability of an Economically Unbalanced Society” on. This podcast will give you an idea of what to expect in March.

Institutional Vs. Individual Ethics

Institutional Vs. Individual Ethics

The typical perception of power and unethical behavior is the powerful person forcing his or her wishes on the powerless minions against their will. Recent research by Professor Jessica Kennedy of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate school of Management and reported in Strategy+Business suggests that it may in fact be just the opposite.

Her research and the research of others have found that high ranking individuals tend to identify more strongly with the group and are therefore more likely to go along with the group’s recommendation even if that recommendation suggest actions that are unethical. It may not be “tone at the top” but “tone at the middle” that actually carries the day.

Hooray for Gary Pinkel

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | Coach Pinkel

Coach Pinkel, Mizzou Football Coach, made the right decision when he stood tall with his players refusing to play football or even practice until the president of the university resigned in support of a student rebellion due to unresolved racial issues on campus.

The coach took this stand in direct opposition to his bosses: the Athletic Director, the University President and the University Chancellor, all of whom have resigned. He clearly and courageously declared his loyalty to his players and not to those who paid his salary. Hooray for him!

What? FIFA has an Ethics Committee?

Institute for Enterprise Ethics | FIFA

Who woulda thought?  And what have they been doing for the past couple of decades? Nevertheless, the New York Times reports that this committee has been hard at work imposing new sanctions on Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, FIFA’s President and head of soccer’s European confederation respectively. 

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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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