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Briefing on the Ethical Issues Related to Voting Rights During the 2022 U.S. Elections

John Pelissero, Ph.D., senior scholar in government ethics, discussed the growing ethical issues related to voting rights and election administration in the United States. Pelissero explained the ethical implications of new state legislation that is intended to restrict voting rights and other legislation that would interfere with fair election administration and security. These issues could potentially impact the outcome of the 2022 elections. 

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Featured Ethics Spotlights

The U.S. Flag and Constitution, semi-automatic guns, a shooter with AR-15, and a human hand held in the air to block or stop the action.

The gun debate has again reached a fever pitch in the shadow of several horrific mass shootings. Ethics Center staff and faculty interrogate the moral and ethical issues associated with gun use and regulation.

Laura Sanchez, right, holds her 2-month-old son, Lizandro, while receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a registered nurse, Noleen Nobleza at a vaccine clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 that more than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in CA

While vaccines provide protection for individuals and communities against severe disease and death, this fight is far from over as we see infection rates climb, especially among children who cannot be vaccinated. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the critical questions in this Ethics Spotlight.

Racism and hate are not new to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, but the onset and spread of COVID-19 has led to massive increases in both. Ethics Center staff and scholars unpack some of the many related ethical dilemmas in this Ethics Spotlight.

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    ESG Resource Center

    Ethics Helps Companies Operationalize ESG Reporting

    Companies are under extreme pressure from customers, investors, and the government to begin accounting for how they are performing in these non-financial matters, and this new set of resources will help them more efficiently operationalize ESG reporting.

    Explore the Ethics and ESG Resource Center

    Space Ethics Webinar

    In this webinar, "Space Ethics" Author, Brian Patrick Green addresses the many ethical viewpoints on space exploration and travel, providing insight into both the future and the present of the human race to space. View the recording, or follow the Markkula Center on social media for information on future events!

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    All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center

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    Following case studies on Microsoft and IBM, the World Economic Forum’s Responsible Use of Technology project community worked with Salesforce to dive deep into its journey towards more intentional innovation.

    History shows laws will end up as weapons deployed in discriminatory ways to curtail freedom.

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen interferes with the states’ right to create new constitutional limits to enforce sensible gun control regulations.

      A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

      Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable gifts, but often lack guidance on how to navigate gifts from controversial donors. This guide offers practical and ethical considerations for nonprofit organizations that face increasing scrutiny for gift acceptance decisions.

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      Ethical Giving Guide

      Materials to Support Donors with Gifting Decisions

      Designed to help individual donors and family foundations think through their nonprofit giving decisions and to do it ethically, this guide outlines the steps to take with related ethical considerations and helps donors define their personal mission.

      Find Your Personal Mission

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      Cathy Benko, Ethics Center Advisory Board Member

      Accomplished business professional, Cathy Benko, shares her leadership expertise in her capacity as a member of the Ethics Center's Advisory Board.

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      An intensive day-time program, evening program and one-day conference on technology ethics from both philosophical and practical perspectives.

      Ethical Issues in Voting Rights During the 2022 U.S. General Elections. Presentation by John Pelissero, PhD, senior scholar, government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

      Senior Scholar in Government Ethics, John Pelissero, discusses the impact of ethical issues on voting rights and the administration and security of U.S. elections, particularly after the 2020 national election.

        Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

        This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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        Evaluating Culture for Ethics

        Our Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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        John Pelissero, senior scholar in government ethics, quoted by Reader's Digest.

        Rep. Mark Finchem, of Arizona, speaks during an election rally in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 13, 2021.  AP Photo, Steve Helber, File

        John Pelissero, senior scholar in government ethics, quoted by The Arizona Republic.

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        Margaret McLean, senior scholar, quoted by Medscape.

          Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

          ...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

          The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

          As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

          Learn About Our Framework

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