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1-Day Online Trends in Ethical Behavior and Social Responsibility


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The goal of this workshop is to create awareness and advance knowledge about issues in business ethics and supply chain social responsibility. Through readings, discussions, mini-cases and exercises, participants will learn about a broad range of social responsibility factors, such as ethics, environmental concerns and “fair trade.” Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their own organisational social responsibility policy.

About this workshop:

This two-day workshop will acquaint you with facets of ethics in business, and expose you to international ethical issues and standards. The workshop will allow you to improve your own ethical problem-solving skills in a highly interactive learning environment. The workshop outlines the various stakeholders with interests in the ethical conduct of a given organisation. Business ethics is linked to the broader concept of corporate social responsibility, which will be examined in detail throughout the workshop. Topics in this workshop include: the tradition of ethics and ethical orientation, ethics and organisational stakeholders, social responsibility policy, environmental sustainability, sustainable supply chains, sustainable development, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, social issues and the organisation, free trade vs. fair trade, and the community and the organisation.

Workshop objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Describe the different perspectives on ethics and social responsibility.
  • Explain the relationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Critique an organisational ethics statement.
  • Identify the various stakeholders with interests in ethical issues.
  • Discuss the rationale and potential benefits of sustainable supply chains.
  • Identify opportunities for your organisation to create a greener supply chain.
  • Evaluate your organisation’s policy on discrimination and harassment.
  • Create a social responsibility policy for your organisation.

Workshop topics
• Introduction to Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
• Environmental Sustainability
• Discrimination and Harassment: International Law
• Social Issues
• Community Involvement
• Sustainable Development
• Social Responsibility

Course outline:

1. Introduction to Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
a. Ethics: Definition and Tradition Define business ethics and describe different perspectives on ethics. Critique and organisational ethics statement.
b. Regulatory Codes of Ethics
c. Stakeholders Identify various stakeholders with interests in ethical issues in the context of their organisations.
d. Social Responsibility Explain the relationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
e. Ethical Orientation
f. The Polluter’s Dilemma

2. Environmental Sustainability
a. Sustainable Supply Chains Discuss the rationale and potential benefits of sustainable supply chains.
b. Carbon Footprint Identify opportunities for your organisation to create a greener supply chain. Calculate the carbon footprints.
c. ISO 14000 Evaluate the potential of ISO 14000 for their organisation and supply chain.

3. Discrimination and Harassment: The Law
a. Defining Discrimination and Harassment Know the federal and provincial laws covering discrimination and harassment.
b. Organizational Policy Comment on your organisation’s policy on discrimination and harassment.
c. Sexual Harassment Mini-case Discuss the impact of discrimination on organisational productivity.

4. Social Issues
a. International Labour Organization (ILO) Standards To explain the ILO standards
b. ISM Principles To identify safety and security issues within your organisation, and among key members of your supply chain
c. Free Trade versus Fair Trade Be familiar with distinctions between free trade and fair trade, and determine your organisation’s view on free versus fair trade.
d. Kraft and Rainforest Alliance

5. Community Involvement
a. Community and the Organisation
b. Examples of Community Involvement Identify opportunities for their organisations to become more involved in the local community.

6. Social Responsibility Presentations
a.Propose a statement of social responsibility to a group of their peers.
b. Question and or Comment on such a statement delivered by someone else.

7. Social Responsibility Report and Workshop Wrap Up
a. Begin preparation of their workshop final report.
b. Discuss the key concepts covered during the session.
c. Discuss how they would apply the concepts in their organisation.
d. Prepare a final report.

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Delphie Williams
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