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Ethics & Policy Community Resources

Community! A key aspect of the evolving concepts of organizational integrity and the learning organization. This page is a first step toward developing a global community of ethics and policy inquiry and practice.

Principles of Corporate Self-governance

The sites that follow reflect the developing sense that norms of corporate governance are at the very heart of organizational ethics/integrity.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has launched a major effort at developing international norms for corporate self-governance. See the OECD Corporate Affairs homepage and the OECD Principles of Self-governance. Other OECD-identified self-governance links.

Essential Social Responsibility of Business

For an excellent, extremely well-conceived and executed resource about corporate social responsibility see the resource center at Business for Social Responsibility.

See also the Isenberg School of Management: Business Links Ethics and Social Responsibility

See the following sites for resources about socially responsible investing: Wharton School Links to Socially Responsible Investing; Arizona State University Library Links to Social Responsibility and Ecology

For a multi-stakeholder approach to assessing social responsibility see the global reporting initiative.

Essential Social Responsibility of Government:

An excellent resource for US law and judicial decisions can be found at: www.findlaw.com.

An excellent source for US federal government ethics regulations is maintained by the Office of Governmental Ethics.

See the Hoover Institute Report on Judicial Corruption in developing countries for detailed treatment of the social cost of judicial corruption.

See also the Corruption Perceptions Index report and Source Book of Transparency International.

See also an excellent set of links to Native American resources online.

Global Ethics Resources:

Heritage Foundation, Wall Street Journal, The 2001 Index of Economic Freedom Interactive Edition

The Organization for Economical Co-operation and Development (OECD) has an extensive "International Regulation Database" about its member countries' business regulation.

An extensive directory of resources complied by the US Environmental Protection Agency: Resources for Promoting Global Business Principles and Best Practices A Directory of People, Organizations and Web Sites Version.

See also some intriguing research into globalization and culture out of UNESCO: World Culture Report

Organizational Ethics:

A detailed analysis of the organizational aspects of the Los Angeles Police Department. Points to organizational dynamics of individual ethics. http://www.LAPD.com/html/leaguereport.html

An excellent source of articles and online resources on organizational sentencing from the United States Sentencing Commission can be found at http://www.ussc.gov/training/educat.htm. Look under: Sentencing of Organizations. See also an excellent article explaining the value of the FSGO approach for foreign organizations. European Institute for Business Ethics

An excellent source for the current compliance requirements in health care and other organizational ethics approaches to organizational ethics can be found at Home Page for HHS Compliance. Because the federal government's involvement in health care is so ubiquitous, and because health care is a substantial part of the U.S. economy, compliance models developed here may serve as models for other industries over time.

Compliance programs are a growth industry: compare and contrast Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations with the Model Compliance Plan for Clinical Libraries (see also the Health Care Financing Administration's clarification letter); Model Compliance Program Guidance for Hospitals; Model Compliance Plan for Hospices,and Nursing Facilities, (See also letter urging self-disclosure).

A source of articles and links about ethics, including organizational ethics. See also the Ethics Resource Center and the website for the newsletter: Ethical Management, which has sample articles from the newsletter and links.

An industry-wide approach to effective ethics programs is the Defense Industry Initiative to be found at http://www.dii.org/. See also, its links to sites of interest. http://www.dii.org/links/links.html.

For an excellent discussion of director liability and best practices, see the statement of Kathleen Gibson, Chairman, Corporate Practices Committee American Society of Corporate Secretaries, December 9, 1998. http://www.ascs.org/flash16c.html.

An interesting series of articles on organizational ethics in health care can be found at: http://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/topic8/intro.htm

For an excellent source of information on the issues of electronic privacy, see the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

See also the Toronto Stock Exchange on Corporate Governance.

For an e-mailed copy of the Report of the ERC Fellows Program Subcommittee on Employee Confidentiality, contact us.

For an excellent resource for organizational values statements and ethics codes, see the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions: Codes of Ethics Online Project. One of the most intriguing such statements is the 1947 Prospectus for Sony, which is discussed in Collins & Porras' work, Built to Last.

Another excellent resource is the Minnesota Center for Corporate Responsibility.

For ethics & policy news from around the world, go to our perspectives page.

Environmental Ethics:

For an interesting discussion of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" and its implications, see the article by Laura Westra.

Global Anti-Corruption Efforts Click here for anti-corruption resources

Applied Ethics Resources:

An excellent listing of the major sites for applied ethics maintained by the University of British Columbia. http://www.ethics.ubc.ca/

A source dedicated to issues of electronic privacy. http://www.EPIC.org/

A source dedicated to the ethics of journalism can be found at: http://www.spj.org/ethics/news.htm

For an excellent gateway to broader philosophical sites, see: http://www.erraticimpact.com/

For regularly updated ethics and policy news from around the world, see our Perspectives Page.

General reference; Refdesk; Britannica; see also Study Web below

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