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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.

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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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The Big Q Blog

In this podcast students inquire about programs on campus that support diversity, equity and inclusion.

Podcast explores notification to students about student resources at Santa Clara University.

The Big Q: When will Santa Clara University's Recreational Sports Program Reopen?  A discussion with Janice DeMonsi, director of recreation.

In this podcast students inquire about the return of Recreational Sports to campus.

    Featured Ethics Spotlights

    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.

    Medical professional holding a syringe and a vile of covid-19 vaccine

    While advancements in vaccines for the novel coronavirus are pointing to a light at the end of the tunnel, numerous ethical dilemmas lie ahead. Ethics Center staff, scholars, and students analyze these critical issues in this Ethics Spotlight.

      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

      All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center

      The media coverage of Musk’s tweets is disproportionate and counterproductive.

      Ukrainian refugees. Photo by Felipe Dana, Associated Press.

      The U.S.’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are not morally equivalent because Putin’s objectives cannot be reconciled with the Ukrainian people’s right of self-determination.

      Vladimir Putin

      The ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has led many to publicly question whether Russian President, Vladimir Putin is a “madman.” Ethics rules, however, state that psychiatrists should not comment on the mental health of public figures who they have not evaluated or treated in person.

        2020-21 Annual Report

        The Ethics Center spent the 2020-21 academic year reflecting on the challenges faced during those 12 months, helping us recover, and re-imagining how society’s future will look.

        Read our Annual Report to look back at the Ethics Center's work in the 2020-21 academic year.

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        Center News

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        Matthew Gaudet, lecturer, and Brian Green, director of technology ethics, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Moral Theology focusing on artificial intelligence.

        Ethics Center Advisory Board Member Denise Melone

        Denise Melone ’06 serves the Ethics Center Advisory Board and continues a family legacy of furthering ethics ideology at Santa Clara and beyond.

        Los Angeles Skyline as seen from the Catholic Worker Community. Photo by David DeCosse 2021.

        David DeCosse spent the end of last year learning from and gaining valuable insight from unhoused populations in Los Angeles.

          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

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          John Pelissero, senior scholar, quoted by The Orange County Register.

          Don Heider, executive director, interviewed by ABC7 Bay Area.

          Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted on NBC Bay Area.

            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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