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Building a More Ethical Future

2021-22 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Annual Report

Our 2021-22 Annual Report is available in digital format and highlights some of the programs and resources the Ethics Center implemented during the past academic year helping to build a more ethical future.

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Register Now for Jan 25 Webinar on Technology Development and Equity

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Who is part of technology development, who funds that development, and how we put technology to use all influence the outcomes that are possible. To change those outcomes, we must – all of us – shift our relationship to technology. Join the High Tech Law Institute for a book talk with Afua Bruce, co-author of The Tech That Comes Next and leader in equitable design and use of new technologies – in a conversation centered around how to ask big questions and make change from wherever you are today. 

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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

An Industry Leader in Ethics Consultation

For more than 35 years, the Ethics Center has helped individuals and organizations make better decisions and includes offering fee-for-service options for organizations that want a customized approach to building training programs, case studies, and other materials.

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.

    All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center

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    ESG investing is impacting how businesses operate, however, critics argue that ESG funds financially underperform and do not seem to deliver better ESG performance.

    Algorithms encode individual and societal choices

      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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      Betty Hou, Santa Clara University Class of 2022

      2021-22 Hackworth Fellow Betty Hou ‘22 discusses her experiences at the NeurIPS ML Safety Workshop and reflects on her fellowship with the Ethics Center.

      Advisory Board Member Joyce Viloria

      Ethics Center Advisory Board Member, Joyce Viloria ’03, continues to make an impact on both the SCU and Ethics Center communities.

      Building a More Ethical Future_Annual Report 2021-22

      The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics published its Annual Report for the 2021-22 academic year.

        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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        Media Commentary


        John Pelissero, senior scholar, government ethics, quoted by The Arizona Republic, featured in, USA Today, and Yahoo Sports.

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        Brian Green, director, technology ethics, quoted by FiveThirtyEight.

        Looking at What’s Behind Unethical Behavior

        Sarah Cabral, senior scholar, business ethics, quoted by Communication Intelligence

          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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