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Making A Difference - Rebuilding Trust™

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures helps leaders create and sustain ethical business cultures. Here are a few ways that CEBC is making a difference:

Promoting Awareness

  • CEBC provided national leadership, participating in an Advisory Group to The United States Sentencing Commission and at President George W. Bush’s Economic Forum on Corporate Responsibility and speaking on the value of building ethical cultures and its importance in restoring trust in the business community.
  • CEBC spoke to more than 18,000 people — in companies, trade groups, and national associations — emphasizing the importance of building ethical business cultures. The Center’s staff has published editorials and given interviews in regional and national media outlets reflecting on the need for rebuilding cultures of integrity.
  • CEBC supports public programming to promote building ethical cultures, examining the assets ethical cultures bring through the annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award™ and Educational Forum and the risks of failure through co-sponsorship in 2003, 2004 and 2005 of the White Collar Crime Symposium. The 2003 symposium was recognized by Twin Cities Business Monthly as the best business program of the year.
  • With the support of a grant from the McKnight Foundation, CEBC has developed the Minnesota Work-Life Champions Awards™ program to recognize flexible and supportive workplaces.

Serving Business

  • CEBC measurement tools provide concrete, actionable data on the ethical climate of companies.
  • CEBC leads workshops and training for senior business leaders, middle managers and front-line workers focused on ethical leadership development and on ethical business decision-making.
  • CEBC works with boards of directors, CEOs and executive management teams to help them examine their cultures and take steps to make improvements.
  • CEBC facilitated CEO Business Ethics Forums with senior Minnesota business leaders examining the causes of ethical breakdowns and strategies to rebuild trust.

Educating the Next Generation of Leaders

  • CEBC works with its Academic Partner, the University of St Thomas, teaching in classes to help orient students to the importance of ethical business leadership and collaborating with faculty whose research focuses on building ethical business cultures.
  • CEBC’s leads management simulations with MBA, undergraduate and high school students to explore ethical business challenges.
  • CEBC co-sponsors International Study Abroad Programs to immerse MBA students in the global challenges of corporate responsibility and ethical behavior in international cultures.
  • In partnership with Rotary Districts 5950 and 5960 and funded by an extraordinary restitution grant from the United States District Court, CEBC developed a pilot program for ethics education in high schools.

Fostering Research

  • With support of a grant from Harry R. Halloran, Jr., CEBC published a CEBC Working Paper, Corporate Social Responsibility: The Shape of a History, 1945-2004.