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October 2016

The Ethics of Posting Financial Results on Social Media

SEC May Not Be Protecting the Public Interest A recent Conference Board study examines the use of social media by S&P 1500 Index companies to disseminate financial information and the response from investors and traditional media. The findings show that companies use social media to overcome a perceived lack of... Read more →

Is it Ethical to ‘Kill the Messenger’?

Closing our Eyes to the True Meaning of the Message “Shooting the messenger” is a metaphoric phrase used to describe the act of blaming the bearer of bad news. Wells Fargo During a recent Congressional investigation, we learned that six former Wells Fargo workers were retaliated against for calling the... Read more →

The Role of the Media in Politics

Responsible Behavior Shoved Aside for Biased Reporting The media has been referred to as “The Fourth Estate” with the important function of being the news media – “the press” – and serving as the eyes and ears of the public. The traditional print and media reporting has been viewed over... Read more →

Civility Run Among in American Politics

Private versus Public Positions of Candidates Raise Questions About Their Commitment to Honesty and Transparency I have criticized Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for their lack of character. Both seem to have only a passing acquaintance with the truth and integrity. They seem to have a different public persona than... Read more →

Why Character Counts in the Next President

Trump and Clinton have discarded their Moral Compass -- if they ever had one I can’t recall a presidential election when the two candidates fell so short of being an ethical person. On the one hand we have Donald Trump who has made crude remarks about others and seemingly has... Read more →

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Unethical Behavior at Wells Fargo

Message From John Stumpf, CEO of Wells: Do What I Say, Not What I Do Wells Fargo is the poster child of an unethical company. We now know its employees opened more than two million unauthorized bank and credit card accounts to meet sales projections. It cost customers almost $2.5... Read more →

Is Trump’s 1995 $916 million Net Operating Loss Deduction Legal? Ethical?

Debunking Trump’s Claim that Using the Tax Code to His Advantage Makes Him the Only Person to Reform It Donald Trump reported a $916 million “net operating loss” on his 1995 taxes that allows him to deduct those losses against future taxable income for 15 years. This means through 2010... Read more →

The Role of Management in Establishing an Ethical Culture

Why Ethical Issues Arise in the Workplace and How to Deal with Them The 2013 National Business Ethics Survey reported by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative found that 47% of employees observed misconduct at their organizations while 63% reported it. A weak ethical culture was blamed for 34% of the... Read more →