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December 21, 2012 Newtown Tragedy Forces Hard Questions

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Five days after the horrific Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, I happened to learn that someone I hadn’t spoken to in nearly 25 years lives there. I always liked Jim (not his real name) and innocently decided this might be...[more]

December 20, 2012 Business Ethics 101

Source: Rapaport Magazine

Sometimes it’s hard to tell right from wrong. And sometimes it’s not. Some people don’t want us to tell right from wrong. They prefer that the diamond industry avoid ethical issues and concentrate on “business only.” Often this...

December 4, 2012 Materiality in CSR reporting: the importance of GRI’s G4 guidelines

Source: Thomson Reuters

The recent Rio+20 Summit made one thing clear: the trend in Corporate Social Responsibility reporting is only increasing. However, it is not only governments pushing for transparency in corporate activities; the trend is...

November 27, 2012 A new cheating scandal: Aspiring teachers hiring ringers

Source: AJC.com

Interesting story in the AJC today on a cheating scandal involving hired ringers taking the teacher qualification exam for candidates in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

November 21, 2012 To Regulate or Not to Regulate?

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Last week, the Washington Post reported that David Trone, managing director of JMP Securities, a full-service investment bank headquartered in San Francisco, said that his industry faces more “misery” as a result of President...[more]

November 16, 2012 Business ethics: am I boring you?

Source: Guardian

High-profile misconduct cases often involve companies which have an ethics policy or code in place. Recent research also suggests that many staff are unaware of these policies. While a survey from the Institute of Business Ethics...

November 13, 2012 A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event: a former prosecutor is going to be held to account for alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

October 29, 2012 The Perils of Feeding a Bloated Industry

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

THEY say the wheels of justice grind slowly, but should it really have taken more than five years for the Justice Department to discover that Countrywide Financial, the mortgage mania’s top creator of risky loans, dumped a load...

October 23, 2012 Poppy Thumbs His Nose at Finra. Again.

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

David Lerner, a k a “Poppy” in his ubiquitous radio commercials in the New York area, has been suspended from any association with David Lerner Associates, the firm he founded, or any other brokerage firm, regulators announced on...

September 5, 2012 Bain Probe In New York Too Well Timed To Be Legitimate

Source: Investor Business Daily

Ethics: The Obama-connected New York state attorney general has Mitt Romney's Bain Capital in his viewfinder. His liberal activist background — and the timing — makes it obvious his probe is politically motivated.

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