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A 2,100- to 2,800-word paper in which your Learning Team explains the organization's ethics programs and overall ethical environment. Address the following in your examination:

o Describe current moral and ethical issues faced by the organization.
o Explain how the fictitious company deals with the relationship between ethics, morality, and social issues in the legal environment.
o Evaluate the organization's ethics program based on the code of ethics, training, monitoring, and enforcement.
o Consider the following questions:

Code of Ethics

o Does a formal code of ethics exist?
o What topics are included in the code of ethics?
o How is the code distributed and used?
o Is the code reinforced in reward and decision-making systems?

Training

o Is ethics emphasized to recruits and new employees?
o How are employees and managers oriented to an organization's values?
o Are managers trained in ethical decision-making?
o What ethics training exists for employees?

Monitoring

o How are ethics and integrity measured throughout the organization?
o Are whistle-blowers encouraged? If so, how?
o Does a language exist that allows employees and managers to openly discuss ethical situations?
o What ethical considerations are incorporated into planning and policy-making at the organization?

Enforcement

o How do managers enforce ethics?
o How are ethics enforced by the organization? How is unethical behavior dealt with?

Format your paper according to APA standards.
Create a 7- to 10-slide PowerPoint® presentation summarizing your paper.

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Running Head: ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT IN AN ORGANIZATION

Ethical Environment in an Organization

Introduction
Ethics is a set of principles of right conduct in business. Today, the companies have realized the importance of ethics in business and that it is really important to gain the respect and confidence of the customers to be successful (Posters, 2003). Managing ethical behavior is one of the most persistent problems faced by the business organizations. Employees' decisions to behave ethically or unethically are influenced by innumerable factors individual as well as situational (Velasquez, Andre, Shanks & Meyer, 2008).
It includes our duties and behavior towards others. Ethics plays an important role in every aspects of life and is a crucial part of the civilized society (Malachowski, 2001). Organizational ethics are the right and legal behavior fop the organization towards the employees and society.
For the proper functioning of the organization, it is essential to maintain corporate culture. To properly manage the organization, ethical and legal issues should be given full attention. This corporate culture comprises the legal, moral and social issues, values, opinions, certain business rules and procedures with proper emphasis on human resources and satisfaction (Werther & Chandler, 2005). This paper is associated with the various restrictions related to the ethical and moral issues faced by the organization in the present highly changing and competitive environment and implementation of various programs to deal with these issues in the company (Velasquez, Andre, Shanks & Meyer, 2008).
My organization is a chain of coffee house, which operates in all over the United States and manage a diversified workforce in an ethical manner.
Moral and Ethical Issues Faced by the Organizations
There are various ethical and moral issues that an organization faced to manage the employees in the organization (Malachowski, 2001). The foremost moral and ethical issue in the business organization is related to discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability, color, religion, etc among the employees in the selection, recruitment, performance evaluation, giving work assignments, termination, managing diversity, harassment, appraisal promotion, cash and incentives, etc. (Russell, 2008).
Some of the legal issues involved are professionalism, accountability, environmental protection and right business practices (avoiding bribery, gifts, nepotism etc.). Various ethical issues involved are truth in advertising, civil and human rights, transparency and openness to stakeholders and public, etc. (Svensson, 2007).
Every company should have some legal and ethical provisions regarding its employees as this will help in maintaining proper administration in the company (Ethical Principles in Business Activities, 2008). It is necessary to satisfy the employees if the company wants to gain success and develop its competencies. Some other moral and ethical issues faced by the organizations are based on the code of the ethics (Russell, 2008). At the time of managing employees, it is necessary for the firm to implement a code of ethics and ethical guidelines. The organization also faces issues to follow its responsibilities towards the environment as well as society (Velasquez, Andre, Shanks & Meyer, 2008).
Relationship between Ethics, Morality and Social Issues in the Legal Environment
In today's business world, the values and ethics have lost their importance. Some entrepreneurs think that ethics should be taught while indulging in a business because it would generate good leaders who would be able to decide what is wrong and what is good for the company as well as for the employees (Moment, 2008).
Business ethics determines the right and wrong actions of the business. It can be examined from different perspectives, including the commercial enterprise, the employee, and society as a whole (Ethical Principles in Business Activities, 2008). Corporate Social responsibility takes into account the accountability of the business towards entire society (Werther & Chandler, 2005). In order to deal with the relationship between ethics, morality and social issues, the company has implemented various programs and strategies, to explain the importance of ethics and social ...

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This essay-style solution addresses ethical issues faced by organizations in 2271 words with 14 references and in-text citations. This solution is formatted in an attached Word document and includes an outline in an attached PowerPoint presentation.

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