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  1. Scriptural Principlesfor Business Ethics Albert M. Erisman Seattle Pacific University

  2. Micheal Flaherty President Walden Media

  3. The Arts • Media goals that reach beyond profit and self expression • Measurements of success that include getting people to read Micheal Flaherty

  4. Ethics Faith Business

  5. What is Business Ethics? • An oxymoron? • Compliance with the law? • More stuff you have to do because of Enron?

  6. Business Ethics • Damage Control • Compliance with the law • Acting “appropriately” where there is no law • Mission Control • Creating and supporting the culture that will take the organization in the direction of its mission Note: Technology and globalization mean we will frequently encounter problem areas where there is no law.

  7. Ethics • Knowing right from wrong—doing right • Important Point: Doing right is more than not doing wrong!

  8. Ethical Struggles • No company, or leader, is perfect • There are still struggles at the boundaries • but ethics is more than damage control • We need good models

  9. Practices of an Ethical Business Leader • Each person matters. Give attention to each person as an individual. • Don’t objectify people. Give each person room to grow and change. • Call each person by name with respect. • Demonstrate commitment to good work and good rest. • Honor families of employees. • Provide a safe working environment. • Keep your promises. • Be fair and just in financial matters. • Be open and honest in all communications. • Avoid the temptation to take credit for the work of others. © Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics

  10. 1. Each Person Matters • Bob Wright, Arthur Andersen, West Coast Tax, 2001 • Ethix 39, January/February 2005

  11. Safety

  12. Product Safety • Dealing with customers injured with the product • Anticipating issues with safety improvements

  13. Honor Commitments

  14. “Shalom represents the world as it was meant to be. It is the content of the Kingdom of God. It provides the conditions necessary for all of creation to flourish. When shalom is present, truth, beauty, justice, plenty, and the good flourish and bring life.

  15. “These dimensions of creation will only fully flourish at the end of time, at the full restoration of all things, at the coming of the city of God to the New Earth. Our calling is to live in the light of this alternative vision of the future rather than submitting to the dominant ideologies of the present.” Don Flow “Engaging the World: Vocation, Eschatology, and Shalom”

  16. Applications • Pricing cars • Service commitments • Treating a customer as a valued friend

  17. Fairness in Financial Dealings

  18. Fairness in Financial Dealings • Wages • Pricing commitments to consumers

  19. Practices of an Ethical Business Leader • Each person matters. Give attention to each person as an individual. • Don’t objectify people. Give each person room to grow and change. • Call each person by name with respect. • Demonstrate commitment to good work and good rest. • Honor families of employees. • Provide a safe working environment. • Keep your promises. • Be fair and just in financial matters. • Be open and honest in all communications. • Avoid the temptation to take credit for the work of others. © Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics

  20. Origin of the Principles? • Unique individual—have no other gods before you • Don’t objectify people—no idols • Address by name with respect—don’t take the name of the Lord in vain • Work and rest—remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, six days you shall work • Value families—honor father and mother • Safe work place—don’t murder • Keep promises—don’t commit adultery • Fair wages, prices—don’t steal • Honesty and truthfulness—don’t bear false witness • Don’t take credit for the work of others—don’t covet Sources: The Ten Commandments, Doing Right by David Gill

  21. What if I am Not the Boss? • Make a difference in your own area of influence • Remember Queen Esther • Do as Jesus called us to do: “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

  22. Resources • The Center for Integrity in Business (SPU) www.spu.edu • Following Christ (InterVarsity—Dec. 27-31, 2008) www.followingchrist.org • www.ethix.org • www.kiros.org