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Business Ethics

Business Ethics


A sobering case study in unethical behaviour at the heart of the auto industry.

  • Corporate Ethics
  • The Car Industry
  • Cars and Pollution
  • Diesel Technology

  • 'Dieselgate' is the scandal that made world headlines when, in the USA in 2015, Volkswagen were discovered to have installed defeat devices in the pollution control software of their diesel cars. Although the cars conformed to emission standards in laboratory tests, on the road, in actual driving conditions, emissions were off the chart. VW were forced to buy back vehicles from American customers - resulting in 'VW graveyards' of new cars across the US. Compensation and fines amounted to over $20 billion.

    But the scandal has far more important ramifications outside the USA, where less than 2% of vehicles are diesel-powered. Diesel is a technology originating in Europe, where there are millions of cars - and the implications for air pollution are far more serious. As one campaigner says: 'People don't see the victims, but they're there.'

    And the fault, it seems, is not just with Volkswagen. French manufacturers PSA Group (owners of the Peugeot and Citroen brands) and Renault are also in the spotlight.

    Dieselgate is a sobering case study in the way corporations will cynically look to use any trick - at the expense of its customers and public health - to maintain profits and market share.

    DVD / 2018 / 28 minutes

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    Casey stalks a customer and Barney bribes Carlos for information.

    DON'T trawl client details
    INSTEAD: Respect privacy

    DON'T accept privacy transgressions
    INSTEAD: Model and enforce standards

    DON'T disclose confidential information
    INSTEAD: Keep company information secure

    DON'T do the wrong thing
    INSTEAD: Be ethical and abide by rules

    DVD / 2016 / 9 minutes

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    Ethics are important in all types of businesses. This presentation provides the definition of ethics, discusses current ethical issues in today's business world, explains social responsibilities of businesses and provides guidelines for making ethical decisions. Experts from various organizations share real-world experience and provide advice to conduct business ethically.

    DVD / 2013 / 35 minutes

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    Ethics Made Simple is a short but comprehensive workplace ethics training program that covers virtually every major workplace ethics topic in 8 and a half minutes. Make sure your employees are armed with the facts about what behaviors are unacceptable in your workplace.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / 8 minutes

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    This film looks at three famous companies in the world of media and technology and explores the ethics of their approach to business.

    APPLE has amazing products, but they're made by people in China who work long hours for small wages. Some workers have even killed themselves: the "Foxconn Suicides". Apple now monitors its suppliers for compliance with its standards - but is this enough?

    NEWS CORP is a global media empire with famous brands like the Sun and Fox News. Founder Rupert Murdoch was once praised for taking on the print unions and he wielded huge power over society and politicians. But his papers have been criticised for promoting racism and homophobia. Now the hacking scandal has shaken his empire to the core. Is there an alternative to big companies controlling our media?

    GOOGLE: Launched in a dorm room by two students, Google is now a massive global success story. But has it been TOO successful? Does it have too much of our personal information? And how do we know what they're going to do with it? Britain's Information Commission Officer explains his concerns.

    DVD / 2012 / 25 minutes

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    Multinational BAE Systems make everything from aircraft to missiles and big profits.They make big profits,create skilled jobs and use cutting edge technology. But is it in an immoral business?

    Originally formed from a merger of British aviation companies in the 1970s, BAE was originally called British Aerospace. Now it's ditched the British title and goes for global sales. 47% of its business comes from the US and 29% from the UK. The key objection critics make against BAE is that they're arming over 100 countries around the world. And in countries like Bahrain BAE's weapons are used to subdue pro-democracy demonstrations.

    It's also been accused of corruption in its business dealings. In 2004 the UK's Serious Fraud Office started investigating BAE for paying bribes to win contracts in Saudia Arabia. But the prime minister at the time Tony Blair closed the investigation down, saying Britain's "strategic interest" came first. In Tanzania, too, BAE was involved in a corruption scandal and even tried to withhold compensation payments it was ordered to pay to the country.

    BAE is praised for creating jobs - but critics claim the British tax payer is subsidising those jobs. Much of the money spent on research and development which benefits the arms industry comes from the public purse, too. Some say the money would be better spent on other areas, such as green technology. BAE has also been accused of being too close to the UK government, with former civil servants and ex-ministers regularly coming to work for them: the "revolving door syndrome". BAE's supporters say we need an arms industry to defend ourselves. Critics say making arms is immoral.

    DVD / 2012 / 22 minutes

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    This film looks at the ethics of three internationally known corporations. How responsible are they in terms of the environment, of our health and the way they treat the people who work for them?

    Primark is one of the most well known shops on our high streets. They sell cheap, fast fashion at low prices. But what does this mean for the people in poor countries who make the clothes? The pressure to be fast and cheap means low wages, overtime and even, it's been alleged, child labour. But, following protests and controversy, the company now claims it's cleaning up its act and taking ethics seriously.

    Big drug companies like Pfizer make products essential for the health of the world - and huge profits. But how ethical is their approach to business? The film tells stories of doctors being bribed, botched drug trials in developing world countries and the over-pricing of drugs people badly need but can't afford to buy.

    Since it almost went bust in 2008 the Royal Bank of Scotland has been mostly owned by the British government. But we have no say in the projects it finances. Many of these are environmentally controversial. They involve large scale fossil fuel operations, including get coal by mountaintop removal and drilling for oil in the Canadian tar sands. RBS has met objections and campaigns with "green wash" and refuses to change its ways.

    DVD / 2012 / 25 minutes

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    This program suggests that there is no absolute or definitive statement on what constitutes ethical behavior and that an individual's sense of ethics is determined by a number of social, cultural, and religious factors and influences. Viewers will hear how the role of ethics in management practices, global marketing, and corporate ethics and social responsibility differs from culture to culture

    DVD / 2011 / 20 minutes

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    Do the right thing! You'll learn with the Biz Kids as they examine several aspects of ethics in business. You'll also see the downside of not following ethical business practices. In this episode you will discover what it means for management to lead by example, and how employees must take responsibility for their behavior. Meet several entrepreneurs who are successful on all levels.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Intermediate, High School) / 28 minutes

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    Buy a bar of fair trade chocolate and help people in the developing world, too. This is the unique selling point of Divine Chocolate - but is it too good to be true?

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Divine was set up a co-op of cocoa farmers in Ghana to give them a share in the profits from their cocoa beans. Divine is a social enterprise and claims its ethical motivation shapes everything it does. But it's had to fight a major marketing battle to find a place in the cutthroat confectionery market.

    MARKETING MIX: The big chocolate companies spend millions promoting their brands - by comparison Divine can spend almost nothing. Instead it makes creative use of the internet, public relations and its ethical back story. Divine's had to work hard to get onto the supermarket shelves and now wants to get its product to the other outlets people buy their chocolate.

    BUT IS IT ENOUGH? As well as more money, fair trade has brought real benefits to the African farmers who own Divine. Women get a better deal. Villages get badly needed facilities like wells. But fair trade has its limitations. What about people working in poor conditions in the developing world who aren't in the fair trade loop?

    DVD / 2010 / 30 minutes

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    Multinational companies are aggressively marketing cigarettes to young people in developing countries - with devastating social costs.

    This film visits Indonesia where low taxes and lax laws have turned the country into the third largest market for tobacco products in the world. Targeted by the industry's relentless marketing, Indonesians start young and die young.

    "If I'd known I'd get this disease I would have quit a long time ago." Ujang has terminal lung cancer. At 45, he is the victim of a habit, which is killing millions in his country. Most Indonesians don't believe that smoking is bad for their health and the industry shamelessly cashes in on their ignorance.

    The marketing strategies of cigarette companies play a major role in a massive national habit. Among men, almost 70% light up every day. That's about 80 million smokers.

    The behaviour of giant tobacco companies like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco are attacked as blatant breaches of corporate social responsibility.

    Sampoerna, one of Indonesia's big three tobacco giants, was bought in 2005 by the world's largest tobacco corporation, Philip Morris International, creators of Marlboro and the Marlboro Man.

    Over the years, Sampoerna's products could be credited with millions of premature deaths.

    "Indonesia is a rogue state when it comes to tobacco control", claims David Stanford of Indonesia's Consumers Federation. ""Philip Morris is one of the most brilliant marketers in the world.

    In a place like Indonesia what they're doing is they're making tobacco use a form of Western independence and growth."

    Internal Philip Morris documents reveal the company's strategy. They want to entice young Indonesians to sample their deadly wares - and get them hooked.

    DVD / 2010 / 23 minutes

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    What is ethical behaviour and does it really matter in today's workplace? Can unethical behaviour actually affect the performance of a business? In answering some common questions about ethics, Psychologists Eve Ash and Peter Quarry tackle this sometimes sensitive subject with clarity and precision.

    DVD / 2009 / 13 minutes

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    Featuring Newman's Own Organics

    Newman's Own Organics is a unique company in many ways. Co-founded in 1993 by Nell Newman, President, and Peter Meehan, CEO, it was established as a division of movie star Paul Newman's company, Newman's Own. In the year 2000, it became a separate company, selling a wide variety of organic products. Part of its mission is to generate income for Paul Newman's charitable activities, as he gives away all his royalties after taxes from Newman's Own Organics to charities worldwide.

    DVD / 2007 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / Approx. 4 minutes

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    Ford created the world's first hybrid SUV, the Ford Escape. This is a flag-ship vehicle for the company that shows what the future may look like and what the company is striving for. It is a cutting-edge vehicle that meets consumers demand for SUV's while also being fuel efficient. Ford involved over 20 different areas of the company for the product launch since it was a new type of product-they wanted to create new markets to have greater market share going forward.

    DVD / 2007 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / Approx. 7 minutes

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    Featuring: Organic Valley

    Paul Deutch bought some land and young calves to start a sustainable farm, then became a milk producer for Organic Valley Family of Farms, a cooperative of 1,398 like-minded farm families across America that produce simple, organic foods. Paul experienced a steep learning curve at the beginning, and takes great care to isolate his crops and animals from chemicals of any sort. He works hard to keep both his land and his animals pure in health.

    DVD / 2007 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / Approx. 10 minutes

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    Find out why companies are concerned about ethics and what they are doing.

    Learn how to handle an ethical dilemma if confronted with one.

    What are Ethics?
  • A system that tells us what's right and what's wrong

  • Why are Business Ethics Important?
  • Government regulations
  • Technological change
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Become more successful
  • More efficient

  • Where are Business Ethics Relevant?
  • Low Level Ethical Issues
  • Breaking promises
  • Breaching confidentiality
  • Stealing supplies
  • Lying to make a sale
  • Sharing credit for jobs done

  • High Level Ethical Issues:
  • Paying/Accepting bribes
  • Buying from suppliers who break environmental rules
  • Not paying bills on time

  • Ethical Dilemmas:
  • Loyalty vs Honesty

  • What is the Right Thing to Do?
  • Laws or organisational procedures
  • Would you be happy if your actions were open to public scrutiny . If no then probably shouldn't be doing it
  • How would my family feel if they knew what I was doing?
  • What would my hero do in this situation?
  • Does it match the values and principles you talk about?
  • Self evaluation

  • What if Someone Else is Doing The Wrong Thing?
  • Talk to them about it - don't accuse
  • Propose alternative action
  • Ask the person to help you
  • Report situation
  • Whistle blow - go to the press

  • What are Organisations Doing?
  • Code of ethics

  • DVD / 2007 / 19 minutes

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    Narrated by AMY GOODMAN, host of Democracy Now!

    Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the advertising tactics of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose how it uses, manipulates, and sometimes creates illness in the pursuit of profit. With the help of health professionals and media scholars, the film dissects some of the most striking pharmaceutical ads on television, in the end revealing how the industry exploits people's emotions to promote the use of prescription drugs.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2006 / 45 minutes

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    Enron, MCI, and Tyco have become household words, not because of their products or services, but rather because of their unethical conduct. setting new records in the annals of business. Enron, the 7th largest company, goes bankrupt. It is one of the largest bankruptcies ever recorded, devastating their employees, shareholders and community. MCI sets the record for the largest fraud in U.S. history, $11 Billion dollars, sending the CEO to jail. Tyco gets first prize for the biggest, most lavish birthday party paid for with company money. A distinguished panel of experts will help you understand the ethics of business. Guests are Chuck La Bella, attorney at law, and April Riel, a CPA and certified fraud examiner.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2005 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / Approx. 28 minutes

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    With the fastest growing economy in the history of the world, China is the workshop of globalisation. But are workers paying the price for a manufacturing revolution? This unique fly-on-the-wall documentary uncovers the hard realities of working conditions in a Chinese factory.

    The film focuses on a German-owned company in Shenzhen, China, which makes the chargers for Nokia's mobile phones. Nokia sends in a two-woman team to carry out an "ethical audit" on its working practices.

    The inspection reveals people are working 12 hour shifts, also problems of noise, smells and hazardous chemicals stored near drinking cups. Worst of all, the factory is ignoring local laws on minimum wages. Some workers are being paid the equivalent of óG14 pounds a month.

    Workers live eight people per room in a huge dormitory near the factory. Living conditions are basic. State-controlled birth control is compulsory. Workers speak candidly about their working life. Hours are long and tiring. There are bullying supervisors and the food is bad.

    DVD / 2005 / 33 minutes

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    This DVD presents us with 8 dramatized scenarios. These stories represent familiar ethical issues most of us will face at some time. By discussing these situations and applying the 3 Steps process in each case, employees gain valuable practice and reinforcement.

    DVD / 32 minutes

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    This Microsoft PowerPoint presentation explores the rights and wrongs of common business practices prevalent today. Students will learn the importance of ethical decision making and the affects decisions have on organizations, consumers and em

    CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (36 slides))

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    Program One introduces the process. We hear from a former Enron executive as well as six ethics experts who discuss the pressures people can feel that may lead them to make poor decisions. We explore the importance of being aware of our core values as well as the standards of behavior expected by our organizations and our communities. Most importantly, we learn the 3 steps we can each take when faced with a tough ethical choice to help us make the best possible decision. These are:

  • The Compliance Test
  • The Ripple Effect
  • The Gut Check

  • DVD / 24 minutes

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    Ethics can be a very controversial issue in today's world of electronic media and the Internet. This presentation discusses the do's and don'ts of electronic media and the Internet. Students will understand the laws related to Internet crime and how to report it. Furthermore, students will be able to recommend different security measures they can take to prevent Internet crime.

    CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (47 slides))

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    With Dr. Bruce Weinstein

    Five Principles for Making the Right Decisions Every Time

    In this lively, fun and practical seminar, Dr. Bruce Weinstein shows you how to increase your ethics IQ in every area of your life. Over the years, scandals have challenged the public's perception of business, so now more than ever, it's important that we act with honor and integrity. With that in mind, this seminar will cover five simple principles that will strengthen your relationships, promote positive word-of-mouth, and help you make the right decisions every time, everywhere. Through numerous real-life examples, Dr. Weinstein applies the five principles of ethical intelligence to some of the toughest problems you face with colleagues, clients and other valued people in your life.

    DVD / 60 minutes

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    Ethics are a controversial issue surrounding businesses in today's society. After numerous companies have been faced with ethical misconduct charges, many companies are rethinking their ethics policies. This presentation discusses the importance of ethics in the workplace, especially when it comes to the financial aspect of a business. Ethical practices are discussed in-depth along with how to implement an effective code of ethics in an organization. The presentation also goes into detail about the main issues surrounding ethical financial issues and how to avoid them.

    CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (40 slides))

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    With issues of corporate integrity and accountability in the news daily, perhaps it's time for a refresher course in ethics. This latest training program covers it all - from taking home a few office supplies, to ethnic jokes, to insider trading, and more.

    Narrated by noted ethicist Eric Harvey, co-author of the best-selling "Walk the Talk" book series, these lessons have helped more than 84% of Fortune magazine's "Most Admired Companies" turn values into value-added results.

  • The Three Rs of ethics: respect, responsibility and results
  • How to say 'no' with tact
  • How to manage conflicting rights
  • How to 'walk the (ethics) talk'

  • The program beautifully illustrates the cause-and-effect of corporate and individual responsibility, offering do-able solutions, including how to make decisions that ensure a greater ethical response to business issues.

    Discover what some of the world's most respected public and private sector concerns have learned about long-term organizational viability.

    DVD / 15 minutes

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    Managing Ethics brings managers and supervisors into the same situations from our introductory video, Workplace Ethics, and supplements their ethics training with ethical leadership skills necessary for maintaining an ethical workplace.

    The benefits of working in an ethical company are well known. This managing ethics training video will help your managers and supervisors develop an ethical leadership perspective in order to sustain a culture of integrity among all employees.

    Managing Ethics replays the scenarios portrayed in its companion training video, Workplace Ethics, but this time from the leader's point of view, illustrating essential management skills.

    Your managers and supervisors will learn how to share core values in ways that employees can personally understand, live the values themselves every day, and take appropriate action-by acknowledging positive behavior or promptly correcting ethical lapses.

    Ethics shouldn't be taken for granted. Without constant attention, ethical standards can be weakened by small decisions that add up. This ethics training DVD gives your managers the tools they need to uphold standards and protect the integrity of your organization.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 17 minutes

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    Answer the question "Why be ethical?" and teach all employees, including managers and supervisors, an ethical decision-making process that protects your organization and makes it a better place to work.

    Ethics matter. It's not just the big scandals you see in the news, but the small everyday decisions that add up, too. In fact, that's where you need to draw the line-with the little things-before serious damage is done.

    This employee ethics training video follows four realistic scenarios that demonstrate the importance of basic values such as respect for others, fairness, and honesty. And it teaches a three-part decision-making process that helps employees find their way to a solution even in complex situations where the right answer doesn't come easily.

    Employees will learn to recognize behaviors that may do harm, determine whether they are personally responsible to take action, and compare possible outcomes to select the solution that best repairs the ethical breakdown while protecting the integrity of the organization.

    Employees all share the responsibility to act ethically and to speak up if they see coworkers behaving badly. Use this training DVD to raise awareness, provide a framework for ethical decision making, and help create a company that employees can be proud of.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 16 minutes

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