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*****) The best practices for improving an organization's ethical climate are having ethics programs and officers; having realistic objectives; having ethical decision making processes; having codes of conduct; disciplining violators; ***** oversight from board ***** directors; conducting ***** audits ***** risk assessments; communicating effectively; engaging in ethics training; having corporate transp*****ncy; and installing whistle-blowing mechanisms. Of these, the most important is oversight from the Board of Directors. Ethical management begins with commitment from the top, and the ***** will ensure that the CEO is fully committed. From there, ***** ethics programs and officers is important, both for its symbolism and ***** the practical work they will do ***** respect to many of ***** other best practices. The next few are all around the same with respect to level of priority - training, communication, audits and codes of conduct. *****se four ***** contribute at different stages ***** the ethical decision ***** process. Lastly, ***** reinforcement systems must be in place. They are not as ***** ***** *****ing it right the first time, but ********** ***** necessary nonetheless. This refers ***** whistle*****blowing ***** and discipline of violators.

3) The two main ethical principles are consequences/results and duty. ***** most important of these in business is consequences. There are a couple ***** reasons for this. One is that outcomes are what the public sees. Therefore, ***** is the potential outcomes ***** should ***** the guiding ethical principles. Ethics are mainly a problem in business when a company is perceived as un*****. Monsanto is a great example - ***** people have any ethical *****s ***** this company, so *****ir lack of ethics does not impact their business prospects.

The other reason why outcomes ***** be the guiding principle is *****cause one of the ***** significant sources of ethical problems for companies ***** front-line managers. These low-level managers face strong pressure ***** above, but are generally not the firm's ***** *****-makers. As a result, they make poor decisions in response to pressure. If these managers were guided by ***** as their main ethical principle, they would respond to ***** ***** doing whatever they feel senior management wants them to do. As a *****, poor ethic*****l decisions are made. If ***** ***** the ***** principle, *****y ***** be better equipped to resist the pressure, knowing ***** outcomes ***** their actions would be negative and that this supercedes

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