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Improving the Ethical Culture: A worthwhile investment

Scott Dahl (scottsdahl@gmail.com) is the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. He taught ethics as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for 22 years.

Recent corporate scandals involving Volkswagen, Takata, Wells Fargo, and others demonstrate that unethical conduct is ultimately bad for business. News articles and court records about several of these scandals reveal corporate cultures that allowed improper conduct to persist unabated for years. This article focuses on what management can do to improve and sustain an ethical culture and thereby reduce the risk of such a scandal emerging and harming the organization. A strong ethical culture can also have a positive impact on business and even provide marketing opportunities.

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