Study used by both large and small businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws and sustainability goals, with an emphasis on companies doing business in the United States. Students learn about regulatory processes that have emerged in the last decade based on environmental and economic disasters caused by business failures. Students learn the value of environmental auditing as a means of identifying compliance and sustainability issues in ongoing business operations and for securing a competitive advantage in a marketplace increasingly populated by sustainability-conscious consumers.
Specifically, students study of ethical decision-making in a business and the regulatory context. Emphasis is placed on theory and practice in the identification, evaluation, and achievement of ethical standards for interacting with co-workers, management of employees, and development and implementation of business strategy. The impact of the external regulatory environment on ethical-decision making is also considered.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Categorize the major frameworks/theoretical approaches to business ethics
- Compare/Contrast legal and ethical behavior
- Explain social responsibility and the role of cultural differences in business ethics
- Analyze the role of ethics in strategic planning
- Evaluate ethical conduct by applying frameworks/ethical approaches (including Ethical Cycle) to business ethics in different business situations