You may feel that your workplace has nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter movement. But business leaders recognize that outside issues can impact the workplace. “Credible leaders aren’t neutral about George Floyd, racism or inequality,” says Terina Allen writing for Forbes. Her piece, 5 Conversations Credible Leaders Must Have in This Moment (Forbes.com…

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Several recent news items analyze the ethics of face mask use during the pandemic. Wearing a face mask becomes lightning rod issue in Covid-19 era (Las Vegas Review-Journal) The Ethics of Wearing (or Not Wearing) a Face Mask During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Time) New businesses requiring face masks to combat the spread of Covid-19 (WTMJ…

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Most people understand the importance of “flattening the curve” to keep medical resources available to those who become ill with COVID-19. But in areas where new cases outrun resources, how will doctors decide who receives care? Speaking in the Columbus Dispatch (March 23, 2020), ethicist Nancy Berlinger described an ethics guide she created for such…

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The Office of Civil Rights clarified the relaxation of HIPAA requirements for telemedicine providers responding to COVID-19. In a move to facilitate remote medical assistance, the OCR announced it would not penalize telemedicine providers using platforms that are not completely compliant with HIPAA regulations. Health & Human Services has also waived select HIPAA penalties. Read…

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The Business Roundtable issued a Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation. The Statement commits to leadership for the benefit of all stakeholders, representing a shift away from BR’s traditional focus on shareholder value. Over 180 CEOs signed the Statement. To read the full piece, please visit the Business Roundtable online.

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For the safety of attendees and speakers, the Twin Cities Ethics Conference scheduled for March 26 has been cancelled. We hope to have our keynote speaker, John Taft, Vice Chairman of Baird, former President & CEO of RBC, join us at a later date. John was to address Challenges for the 21st Century: Principled Leadership &…

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The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputational setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller businesses can take a proactive approach to ethics. USA Today,…

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With support from U.S. Bank, the Center for Ethics in Practice at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is launching the Business Ethics Resource Center. July 15, 2019

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A recent Salesforce survey confirmed what consumers inherently know: Ethics is good for business. Now, thanks to a new website from the Center for Ethics in Practice in the Opus College of Business, small to midsize businesses can rest easier knowing that ethics and compliance resources are at their fingertips. The website, Business Ethics Resource Center, is at berc.centerforethicsinpractice.org. U.S.…

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