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

3) The two main ethical principles are consequences/results and duty. ***** ***** important of these in bus*****ess is consequences. There are a couple ***** reasons for th*****. One is ***** outcomes are what the public sees. **********e, ***** is ***** potential outcomes that should ***** the guiding ethical *****. Ethics are ********** a problem in business when a comp*****ny is perceived as unethical. Monsan***** is a gre*****t example - few people have any ethical *****s ***** this company, so *****ir lack of ethics does not impact their business prospects.

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


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