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Business Ethics

The Center explores ethical issues in corporate governance, global business, leadership, executive compensation, and other areas of business ethics.


What is Business Ethics?

Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, discusses the role of business ethics in determining how we act as individuals in business and how we structure our business organizations.

Trends in Business Ethics

Ann Skeet, director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, discusses human rights concerns, representation of diverse stakeholders, and metrics for a business' environment, sustainability, and governance practices.

Commentary on Business Ethics

    New Case Study

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)Image link to full article

    Google's Handling of the "Echo Chamber Manifesto"

    Should Google CEO Sundar Pichai have terminated the author of a memo critical of "a politically correct monoculture"?

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      Business Ethics Programs

      Workplace Diversity Dialogues

      The problems women and minorities face in Silicon Valley can be solvable if the issues are considered as ethical dilemmas. We will explore the issues both philosophically and practically in this dialogue series during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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      Partners in Business Ethics

      Executives and scholars come together in a forum designed to increase the members’ knowledge about effectively managing ethics in business organizations.

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      Business Ethics Internships

      Santa Clara University students are placed in ethics and compliance positions at major companies in Silicon Valley, including Adobe, Cisco Systems, Intel, NetApp, and XCEO.

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      Ethical Culture Assessment

      This leadership and governance tool provides companies with objective data concerning the degree to which their organizations have ethical cultures, and then identifies needed steps to correct any shortcomings.

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