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Harassment free workplaces, matters of social justice, and the need to account for political polarity while also taking a corporate position on social matters is all relatively new terrain for many of today’s corporate executives. Browse a selection of resources, events, articles, cases, and commentary from Ethics Center faculty, staff, and students. 

Featured Social Resources
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Six methods for leading an organization to achieve ethical outcomes by making decisions with the consideration of others, meaning various stakeholders, in mind.

How to build healthy organizations

Direction for the development of the workplace virtue known as cultural humility, defining employee experience, and identifying competencies that can be used to cultivate skills in the workforce with suggestions about how these can be woven into the intentional management and integration of corporate culture.

Rises in the gap between c-suite executive and frontline worker pay have grown exponentially, while the rest of the world is suffering through a pandemic.

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We, as individuals, require humility, kindness, and action to achieve any semblance of solidarity with those facing hate.

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Businesses that serve consumers and other businesses simultaneously often involve conflicted interests, and require regulation to reconcile these conflicts.

Ethics by design : An organizational approach to responsible use of technology

Along with WEF and Deloitte, the center contributed to the report, “Ethics by Design” – An Organizational Approach to Responsible Use of Technology.

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Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” tries to sound the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking.

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The Partnership on AI, in collaboration with Markkula Center for Applied Ethics staff, has published a paper offering a framework for workforce well-being in the age of artificial intelligence.

Insights on developing a diverse and inclusive workplace from the Diversity Dialogues series at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

mini scales of justice

Leadership from all of us can move us forward now when traditional leadership is failing us.

Toxic Workplace

Shareholders must ensure that management builds employee morale and a company’s value.

Compass Pointing to Leadership

As start-up companies gain traction, it’s important that their leadership has guardrails in place to ensure they grow responsibly.

Woman speaking to a crowd in front of an american flag

The role of American leaders responding to mass shootings.

CEOs need to consider who they’re representing prior to commenting on political or social issues.

Hands reaching out

Men can play an important role in supporting women in today’s post-#Metoo workplace.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

What did Urban Meyer know and when did he know it?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick told CBS he’ll stand during the national anthem if given chance to play football in NFL again. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Subtleties in institutional and personal leadership choices.

Ethics is fundamental to genuine leaders -- the ones we want to follow, as opposed to those who are paid the most.

How leaders should deal with conflicts of interest.

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These 6 questions reveal a company’s true character.

Data galaxy

This stand-alone, plug and play ethics module for data science courses includes a reading, assignments, case studies, and exercises.

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Executives and employees need to be on the same page about a company’s ethics and image.

Corporate leaders must provide incentives and model ethical behavior.

Wells Fargo Automated Tellers (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

What should business leaders take away from the disaster?

Dan Rooney  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Influence of Steelers chairman reached beyond sports

2 Skills You Can't Leave Home Without

Ethics and inquiry are skills people need at work and in the world.

Board Meeting

A broader set of stakeholder rights matter.

Apple iPhone

Business & government struggle over encryption’s proper place.