Resource Guide

Resources for Your Next Ethics Course or Training

Istock 1135308247

SUCCESS → Foster Ethics and High Performance


VALUES → Develop Integrity and Compelling Corporate Values

  • Designing Values-Driven Digital Tools - In this interview, Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality, explores how we can design digital tools that uphold our values rather than undermine them. [Video]

  • What Dishonesty Does to Your Brain - Why does lying become easier and easier? Ask your amygdala. [Article]

  • What is Integrity? - Integrity is the most-mentioned corporate value. But what is integrity, and how do we build it? Research suggests that when it comes to developing a reputation for integrity, small wins may actually matter more than grand commitments. [Article]

  • Advancing Values - Rick Lenny describes how to uphold and emphasize values in an organization. He expresses the importance of environment, leadership, and integrity to promoting values and ethics. [Video]

  • Keeping Promises - Frank Belatti describes a lesson he learned early in life about trust and keeping one's word, and how that has shaped his understanding of ethics and leadership throughout his career. [Video]

  • Do Corporate Values Make a Difference? - They’re everywhere, and they can help—but it’s not automatic. Here’s how to ensure your mission and values statements make a real impact. [Article]

  • Refreshing Corporate Values: Big Blue's How-To - Reinforcing common values can be challenging across a huge company—but as the case of IBM shows, technology can make the process easier. [Article]


DECISIONS → Improve My Ethical Decision-Making


SOFT SKILLS → Master Soft Skills—the “Hard Stuff” Behind Ethical Leadership




CULTURE → Develop an Ethical Corporate Culture



PEOPLE → Attract, Hire, Train, and Retain Ethical Employees

  • Yes, ethics can be taught. - A new study provides an evidence-based answer to a timely—and timeless—question.

  • Ethics Training is Broken. Can Storytelling Fix It? - Too often, ethics trainings can be boring and ineffective. Storytelling can help—not just by keeping your participants awake, but also by helping them remember and act on what you teach. [Article]

  • Four Feedback Strategies that Drive Performance and Ethical Behavior - Not all feedback is effective. If you want to drive sustainable employee performance and encourage ethical behavior, practice this mindset and these four strategies. [Article]

  • Improving Ethics Training - Companies spend billions of dollars on ethics training programs each year. But are they effective? Joan Dubinsky, former Chief Ethics Officer at the United Nations, offers insights on what causes an ethics training program to fail, and she suggests ways you can redesign your organization's program to create ethical leaders. [Video]

  • Attract Emerging Leaders with Purpose, not Perks - Millennials have been called the “job-hopping generation.” But research reveals that Millennials are loyal and engaged when companies offer them ways to grow and make a difference. [Article]

  • Bringing Your Ethics Code to Life - All companies need to have a code of conduct, but can most employees tell you what it says? At Georgia-Pacific, probably so. See how their innovative scenario-based training is changing the game. [Article]

  • Making Feedback Normal - Can I give you a little feedback?” It’s something we all hear or say from time to time, and what follows is often accompanied by awkwardness and anxiety on one or both ends of the conversation. But what if we could release the tension and leverage feedback on a more regular basis? [Article]

  • Educating for Ethics - Ann Nobles, Former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Eli Lilly, discusses how to navigate working in a highly regulated industry. She explains the importance of educating both employees and financial stakeholders on ethical standards in order to ensure a company-wide ethical approach to business. [Video]

  • Aim High: Insights on Developing Leaders from the Air Force Academy - Founded on interdisciplinary research and tested within the high-stakes environment of the United States Air Force, a conceptual framework used there could help take your organization to the next level. [Article]

  • Why Ethics Education Needs to Stay Positive - When designing ethics curriculum, focusing on the examples of failed ethics could actually decrease ethical behavior of students and trainees. [Article]

  • Hiring for Guilt: How a Simple Test Might Help You Hire More Ethical Employees - Knowing that hiring ethical people means building a better organization, what predictors can savvy employers use to assess a potential employee’s ethical fiber? [Article]

  • Making Tough Calls with Top Performers - Bill McDermott emphasizes the importance of holding even top performers accountable to ethical policies. He tells of an instance in his career where this was especially hard to do, but was absolutely the right thing for the company. [Video]

  • Adding Emotion to Ethics Education - Traditionally, teaching ethics involved reasoning through abstract cases. But after all we’ve learned through neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics, it’s clear we can’t leave out emotion. [Article]

  • Buying Integrity - At five bucks a pop and ten minutes per test, can your company afford NOT to do integrity testing? [Article]

  • Ethics and Integrity in the Recruiting Process - A Guide for Employers and Job Seekers [Downloadable PDF]


NUDGES → Implement Small Changes that Produce a Big Impact


SUSTAINABILITY → Achieve Business Results Without Harming the Planet

  • Creating Sustainable Businesses through Stewardship and Collaboration - Erin Fitzgerald is on a mission to make the dairy industry a greater force for good. In this video series, Erin discusses how leaders can draw upon their personal values and foster collaboration to create a lasting positive impact. [Video]

  • Ethics and Sustainability - Focusing on long-term value creation is one of the best ways to lead ethically and build trust. In this series of videos Jean Bennington Sweeney, Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M, offers insights on making decisions for the long term good of people, profit, and the planet. [Video]

  • Coming Clean: Why it Pays to Be Honest About Environmental Impact - When it comes to carbon emissions, corporate instincts may be to keep levels quiet. But three accounting researchers find that disclosing may actually help a company’s financial performance. [Article]