Understanding Business Ethics

To provide the learner with an introduction to business ethics and how they are used by businesses to plan and manage their business goals, objectives and activities.

Awarding Body



25 Hours

Start Date

All Year Around

Study Mode

Classroom Workshop

By the end of this programme, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand different ethical perspectives in business
  • Understand business objectives from an ethical perspective
  • Understand ethics in workplace relationships
  • Be able to assess a current ethical issue in a business
  1. Understand different ethical perspectives in business
  • The history and development of ethics
    • Modern ethics: teleological, deontological, utilitarianism and pragmatic ethics
    • Applied ethics: How ethical problems are resolved in the context of the business or corporate and individual conduct
    • Normative and descriptive business ethics
    • Institutions and frameworks: The Society of Ethics, the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)
  • Absolute v. relative ethics
    • Public morality and ethical codes
    • Absolute v. relative
    • Contextual ethics
  • Ethical issue in business operations
    • Values in business activities
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Trade
    • Workplace and human rights
    • Environmentalism and sustainability
    • Professional conduct and standards
    • Individual responsibility and conduct
    • Corporate Governance
    • Legal and regulatory compliance
  1. Understand business objectives from an ethical perspective
  • Business objectives and ethics
    • Business objectives such as shareholder value, profit, meeting customer and employee expectations, increasing market share etc.
    • How these objectives are affected by ethical considerations such as compliance, environment, CSR, human rights, sustainability ethical treatment of suppliers, workers, investors and other stakeholders
  • Implications for business and its stakeholders
    • Stakeholders such as employees, customers, owners, suppliers, wider population
  • Implications
    • Designing ethical processes and relationships;
    • Responding to ethical pressures
    • Ethical policy
    • Ethics and responsibility reporting
    • Reputation
    • Ethical trade
    • Compliance with legislation and codes of practice.
  1. Understand ethics in workplace relationships
  • The business as moral agent
    • Stakeholder/business responsibilities, obligations and duties
    • Moral obligations
    • Psychological contract
    • Transparency and accountability
  • Mechanisms for employee involvement and empowerment
    • Employer/employee relations
    • Workers councils, employee ownership e.g. John Lewis, unionisation and employer
    • Accountability
    • Discrimination and human resource policies e.g. equal opportunities
    • Individual ethical rights, behaviours and responsibilities
  1. Be able to assess a current ethical issue in a business
  • Research
    • Ethical Issues such as globalization, labour issues, outsourcing, fair trade, sustainability, environmentalism, global warming, energy security, access to resources, e.g. water, timber, bio-fuels, community relations, intellectual property, social networking and personal information
    • Report on ways to improve such as whistleblowing policies, contribution to the community, ethics in sales and marketing, ethics in IP
    • Design of ethical code including ethical auditing for example supply chain; ethical environmental and social reporting; business processes and design; ethical practices, standards and codes of conduct
  • Entry Level Managers

How many students are there in a classroom?

It depends on how many would enroll per intake. Even if the number of students are just 1, we still continue with the training as planned. The maximum number of students we will have in a classroom is 10.

Can I request a date that is convenient for me?

Absolutely! We will arrange the training that is convenient for you. The training date is completely customizable.

Can I change the course content?

Yes, if the contents of the course needs to be changed, please let us know. We will communicate with you and get a course outline that works for you finalized.

Does it matter which industry I work at?

It really doesn’t. We take cases and discuss them to cover your industry. If you need the course to be customized and tailored to your industry, we can also do that. You’d have to let us know in advance by filling out the form below.

(The fees include coffee breaks, study materials and working lunches daily)

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