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Question 1) You have been asked by your CEO to recruit for a new position: corporate ethics officer. Prepare a job description for this new position. In the job description, make sure to discuss the role the ethics officer will play in the company as well as the qualifications this individual must hold.

Question 2) What is whistle blowing, and why is it important to the study of business ethics? Provide details. Discuss the reasons why an employee would refrain from reporting potentially unethical behavior within his/her organization? Should a corporation establish an ethics hotline? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having one.

Question 3) You are a high level manager for a corporation that has recently expanded into the global market. You have been asked to manage an interdepartmental team that will help you to create a global ethics training program. Imagine that your team has very little, if any, experience with ethics training or international management. Create a memorandum to your team that explains the need for an ethics training program, the benefits of an ethics training program, and how the program will be implemented. Make sure to explain the key elements in a global ethics training program and the global cultural dimensions in detail.

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Question 1) You have been asked by your CEO to recruit for a new position: corporate ethics officer. Prepare a job description for this new position. In the job description, make sure to discuss the role the ethics officer will play in the company as well as the qualifications this individual must hold.

Job Description: Corporate Ethics Officer

Job Summary:

The Corporate Ethics Officer will be responsible for the oversight of the Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, ensuring all corporate policies and Federal and State laws are being adhered to across the organization. Manage and implement policies and procedures that ensure employees across the workforce have a clearly defined and documented understanding of their ethical responsibility as a condition of their employment.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

Manage the company's integration of ethical behavior and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations by practicing the following:

- Providing direct oversight of the Ethics Department Managers and all associated key divisions and personnel.
- Use your intimate familiarity with Sarbanes-Oxley laws to help mitigate organizational risks and work with internal and external auditors on all related SOX issues (Kincaid, 2009).
- Remain current on all aspects and trends effecting new ethics laws and regulations.

Requirements:

Must have a college degree, MBA preferred and at least 8 years experience in a similar role.

Specialized Skills:

Candidate must have excellent verbal and communication skills. Must demonstrate a calming presence when dealing with sensitive ethical issues. Must maintain confidentiality and demonstrate leadership characteristics at all times. Must build trust in the organization and be dedicated to the audit process and its effectiveness when corrective actions are implemented accordingly (Kincaid, 2009).

Question 2) What is whistle blowing, and why is it important to the study of business ethics? Provide details. Discuss the reasons why an employee would refrain from reporting potentially unethical behavior within his/her organization? Should a corporation establish an ethics hotline? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having one.

Whistle blowing occurs when an employee is confronted with confirmed knowledge that an unethical or illegal action has or is taking place between other employees in their organization and decides ...

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The solution gives 1516 words, made up of a job posting for an Ethics Officer, a discussion on how to facilitate and manage whistle-blowing and the key components of an ethics training program for employees. 3 references included.

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