The Importance of Ethics
people feel that being ethical is just common sense, the complexity of
our society requires a more educated approach to understanding ethics,
especially in the workplace. The Center for Ethics provides resources
and services to educate people about ethics. We focus on business
ethics, those decisions about what is right and wrong in a business
Business ethics is important because without a
commitment to trust, honesty, and integrity, the very foundation of
business relationships cannot be laid. Organizations that are dedicated
to high ethical standards reap many rewards, including greater employee
commitment, stronger customer loyalty, enhanced reputation, and
sustained long-term performance.
The work of the Center for Ethics is supported by an advisory board
of business and community leaders who are dedicated to promoting ethics
in business, the professions, and other organizations. Members of the
advisory board are valued for the time, resources, and commitment they
commit to the mission of the Center for Ethics, College of Business, and the University.
The Center for Ethics conducts many programs throughout the year which
combine education and business services to carry out its mission. All
programs are designed for maximum value and relevance to business
practitioners. These programs directly benefit the local community,
especially organizations that want to bring business ethics to the
forefront of business performance.
The Center for Ethics hosts
an annual business ethics breakfast for community leaders in the Tampa
Bay area. At this breakfast, the Tampa Bay Ethics Award
is presented to an individual who demonstrates integrity, virtue, and
character in their everyday personal and professional activities. The
center sponsors workshops and presentations throughout the year on
current business ethics topics.
The Center for Ethics
strives for both educational excellence and practical application for