Principles of Business Ethics

"Principles of Business Ethics" is a basic education whose goal is to introduce participants to business ethics as part of the ethics and compliance programme in the company. It provides basic understanding of ethics, decision making and moral judgement. It explains how business ethics is applied in companies through different aspects of ethics and compliance programme, defines practical tools and strategies for the creation of effective programme and emphasises the importance and influence of business ethics on the entire business success.

Education is intended for:

  • Everyone responsible for development and implementation of policies and ethics and compliance programme
  • Board members, top and middle management who want to understand the importance of business ethics
  • Everyone who wishes to find out more about business ethics

Creation and Implementation of Code of Conduct

When it comes to ethics and compliance programme of a company, code of conduct is a key element that determines acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, and its goal is to increase awareness of company values as fundamental guidelines of integrative organisational behaviours. The goal of the programme is to offer detailed demonstration of an effective code of conduct creation in line with company values and the implementation of the code in the business operations system. This education explains what a code of conduct is, what types of codes exist, their importance and how it is implemented in public and private companies.

Education is intended for:

  • everyone responsible for development and implementation of codes of conduct, ethical policies and compliance programmes
  • board members, top and middle management who want to understand the importance of code of conduct
  • everyone who wishes to find out more about codes of conduct

As an enhancement, this education will be especially beneficial for participants who attended Principles of Business Ethics.


Creation of Effective Ethics Programme

Education covering the creation of effective ethics programme is an exstension of the introductory education on Principles of Business Ethics and offers analytical tools for the optimisation of existing or creation of a new programme that encourages creation of integrative organisational culture where there is no resistance to change and new ideas with maximal recognition of individual employee abilities and strengthening of organisational strong points based on company values.

Education is intended for:

  • everyone responsible for development and implementation of ethical and compliance programmes
  • board members, top and middle management who want to understand the importance of code of conduct
  • everyone who wishes to find out more about business ethics programmes

As an enhancement, this education will be especially beneficial for participants who attended Principles of business ethics.


Conducting Enquiries and Reporting about Unethical Behaviour

Most employees, even in large companies which have sophisticated tools for reporting irregularities, often decide not to report them because of procedures and the way of conducting enquiries. The goal of this education is to learn practical skills on how to conduct an inquiry or to document charges for indecent employee behaviour, fraud, harassment, discrimination, theft or other violations of code of conduct, balance rights of the person reporting and the person charged, whilst at the same time protect company interests, decrease administrative load and create easily understandable reports. By using real examples from practice and interactive exercises, this education will introduce participants to the effective conducting of enquiries and final reporting.

Education is intended for:

  • Ethics officers
  • Compliance Managers
  • HR managers or employees within HR department who are in charge of conducting inquiries on unethical employee behaviours
  • Internal auditors
  • Fraud investigators
  • Lawyers who conduct inquiries in the company

Ethics and Compliance Programme Management

In todays business environment, risk assessment is evermore complex and requires proactive approach to compliance and integrativeness. Person in charge of compliance knows all legal regulations and promotes organisational integrativeness through implementation of effective ethics and compliance programme. Education in this dynamic and fast growing area can help mitigate potential ethics and compliance risks that occur in everyday business activities.

Education is intended for:

  • everyone responsible for development and implementation of ethics and compliance programme
  • board members, top and middle management who touch upon ethics and compliance programme in their work
  • everyone who wishes to find out more about implementation and management of ethics and compliance programme in the company

Making ethical decisions and moral reasoning

How do people actually make decisions? How do they know that a decision is ethical, if there is no moral philosophy which would satisfy all people to the same extent? Why do people make unethical decisions despite knowing they are unethical? Every day, we face these and similar issues, both in privately and in business surroundings. Even when people make ethically right decisions, those decisions may sometimes seem difficult to be realized because of various types of pressures coming from those who surround us. Moral reasoning focuses on what is right – however, not necessarily on doing what is right. In various circumstances, individuals behave unpredictably and differently, and in the end they often justify their behaviour with the consequences that provide them personal feeling of fulfilment and value.

Education is intended for:

  • everyone responsible for development and implementation of codes of conduct, ethical policies and compliance programmes
  • ethical officers and HR managers
  • board members, top and middle management
  • project managers and team leaders
  • everyone who wishes to communicate assertively and integratively
  • everyone who wishes to work on personal branding
  • everyone who wishes to find out more about ethical decision-making and moral reasoning