You are an experienced ethics officer who has recently been hired by an established company. You have been tasked with analyzing the company’s current code of ethics and identifying areas in need of improvement.
A. Analyze Wal-Mart’s code of ethics by doing the following:
1. Analyze how well the chosen company’s code of ethics covers the topic of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
2. Analyze how well the chosen company’s code of ethics covers the topic of compliance with legal mandates.
a. Describe the ramifications for an organization when it is noncompliant with legal mandates.
b. Describe two legal or ethical safeguards the chosen company has in place or could put in place to prevent illegal or unethical acts.
3. Analyze how well the chosen company’s code of ethics facilitates the development of an ethical culture.
4. Explain how an employee would raise an ethical concern in the chosen company and provide three resources available to employees to use when raising an ethical concern.
a. Discuss which resource(s) you would most likely use to report an ethical concern.
B. Develop a policy that instructs employees on how to address unethical conduct observed at work by doing the following:
1. Discuss personal and organizational factors an employee would need to consider as a last resort before deciding to blow the whistle about unethical conduct observed at work.
2. Describe the internal and external reporting steps an employee should follow if the employee decides to blow the whistle.
C. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of whistle-blowers receiving payment from the government based on one of the following laws:
- False Claims Act
- Dodd–Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act
D. Analyze how the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines have changed the way organizations operate.
1. Discuss three culpability factors that are used to determine fines under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.