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Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

Ashford 7: – Week 6 – Final Paper

Code of Ethics

Develop standards for ethical and moral conduct in the form of a Code of Ethics. As part of this assignment, you will reflect upon your own ethical standards and consider from where your values and principles emerged and how they have evolved over time. Include references to the moral philosophy or social issues that affect your approach to the development of this Code of Ethics, and integrate course concepts in the context of your paper.

Consider that this Code of Ethics is a product that you may wish to carry with you into your professional experiences. 

Your Code of Ethics must contain the following components:

Statement of values, including the source and foundation of your ethical values and principles, why you consider these principles to be non-negotiable, how they have evolved over time, and what moral philosophy or social issues affect your approach to ethics.
Training and communication plan
Implementation plan
Plan for the role of leadership
Corporate social issues
Recent laws and regulations impacting the corporation
Monitoring and enforcement of an ethics auditing plan
Ethical considerations for working internationally
Your Final Paper will be 10 to 12 pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages. It must include at least five scholarly sources, in addition to the textbook, with in-text citations. You may draw information from the textbook, the Ashford University Library, peer-reviewed journals, and industry reports. The Final Paper must be formatted in accordance with APA style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
 
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

Must be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
Must include a cover page that includes:
– Title of paper
– Student’s name
– Course name and number
– Instructor’s name
– Date submitted
Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Must use at least five scholarly sources (in addition to the textbook) from the Ashford University Library.
Must use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all sources.
Must include, on the final page, a Reference Page that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Description:

Total Possible Score: 26.00
Explains the Statement of Values
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the statement of values.
Proficient – Explains the statement of values. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the statement of values. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the statement of values. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the statement of values is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Training and Communication Plan
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the training and communication plan.
Proficient – Explains the training and communication plan. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the training and communication plan. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the training and communication plan. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the training and communication plan is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Implementation Plan
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the implementation plan.
Proficient – Explains the implementation plan. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the implementation plan. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the implementation plan. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the implementation plan is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Plan for the Role of Leadership
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the plan for the role of leadership.
Proficient – Explains the plan for the role of leadership. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the plan for the role of leadership. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the plan for the role of leadership. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the plan for the role of leadership is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Corporate Social Issues
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the corporate social issues.
Proficient – Explains the corporate social issues. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the corporate social issues. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the corporate social issues. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the corporate social issues is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Recent Laws and Regulations Impacting the Corporation
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the recent laws and regulations impacting the corporation.
Proficient – Explains the recent laws and regulations impacting the corporation. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the recent laws and regulations impacting the corporation. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the recent laws and regulations impacting the corporation. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the recent laws and regulations impacting the corporation is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Monitoring and Enforcement of an Ethics Auditing Plan
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the monitoring and enforcement of an ethics auditing plan.
Proficient – Explains the monitoring and enforcement of an ethics auditing plan. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the monitoring and enforcement of an ethics auditing plan. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the monitoring and enforcement of an ethics auditing plan. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the monitoring and enforcement of an ethics auditing plan is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Explains the Ethical Considerations for Working Internationally
Total: 2.00
Thoroughly explains the ethical considerations for working internationally.
Proficient – Explains the ethical considerations for working internationally. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.
Basic – Somewhat explains the ethical considerations for working internationally. The explanation is underdeveloped.
Below Expectations – Minimally explains the ethical considerations for working internationally. The explanation is significantly underdeveloped.
Non-Performance – The explanation of the ethical considerations for working internationally is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Written Communication: Content Development
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.
Proficient – Uses appropriate and pertinent content to discover ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.
Basic – Uses appropriate and pertinent content, but does not apply it toward discovering or developing ideas. Overall, content assists in shaping the written work.
Below Expectations – Uses content, though it may be unrelated or inappropriate to the topic. Content does not contribute toward the development of the written work, and may distract the reader from its purpose.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Applied Ethics: Application of Ethical Perspectives
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Independently applies ethical viewpoints to an ethical question correctly, and considers the full ramifications of the application.
Proficient – Independently applies ethical viewpoints to an ethical question correctly, but does not consider the specific ramifications of the application.
Basic – Applies ethical viewpoints to an ethical question with support but is unable to apply ethical perspectives/concepts independently.
Below Expectations – Unable to construct ethical viewpoints to an ethical question.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Critical Thinking: Explanation of Issues
Total: 2.00
Clearly and comprehensively explains in detail the issue to be considered, delivering all relevant information necessary for a full understanding.
Proficient – Clearly explains in detail the issue to be considered, delivering enough relevant information for an adequate understanding.
Basic – Briefly recognizes the issue to be considered, delivering minimal information for a basic understanding.
Below Expectations – Briefly recognizes the issue to be considered, but may not deliver additional information necessary for a basic understanding.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics
Total: 1.00
Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy to understand.
Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors, and is mostly easy to understand.
Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors, which may slightly distract the reader.
Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors, which distract the reader.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

APA Formatting
Total: 1.00
Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.
Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.
Basic – Exhibits basic knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.
Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Page Requirement
Total: 1.00
Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages. 
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Resource Requirement
Total: 1.00
Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
Proficient – Uses required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.
Below Expectations – Uses inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions

Course Home – Course Materials

Required Text

Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J. & Ferrell, L. (2013) Business ethics & social responsibility. [OMM640 Custom edition] Mason, OH: Cengage Learning
*To locate and purchase this text through the Ashford University Online Bookstore (ED MAP), please use:
  Bundle: ACP Business Ethics ISBN 9781285563794

Required Resources

Multimedia
Cengage. (Producer). (n.d). Blue jean waste [Video File]. Retrieved from http://cengage.com/custom/static_content/OLC/business/1285616928_ashford_university/blue_jean_waste_cc.html
Cengage. (Producer). (n.d). Countrywide financial fraud Fraud [Video File]. Retrieved from http://cengage.com/custom/static_content/OLC/business/1285616928_ashford_university/countrywide_financial_fraud_cc.html
INTELECOM (Producer). Strengthening corporate ethics [Video File] Retrieved from http://searchcenter.intelecomonline.net/playClipDirect.aspx?id=4870EEC7664070BBC7A04533604A03CF06AE 97FF601A36DF0B7C2D5E18F3D855FAC734580E3940532BD4F4D323B01B7C
National Public Radio (2005, May 31). How Sarbanes-Oxley has affected corporate culture. [Audio File and Transcript] Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4673074. 
Recommended Resources

Articles
Bailey, J, A. & Schmidt, B. (2011). Strengthening ethics and compliance programs. Internal Auditing, 26(1), 30-34. Retrieved from the ProQuest database.
Booth, C. (2009). A Motivational Turn for Environmental Ethics. Ethics and the Environment, 14(1), 53-78,149. Retrieved from ProQuest database.
Enderle, G. (2011). Three major challenges for business and economic ethics in the next ten years: Wealth creation, human rights, and active involvement of the world’s religions. Business and Professional Ethics Journal: 30 (3,4).  Retrieved from http://secure.pdcnet.org/8525737F0058014C/file/A268DDA36D1BB4618525792D004FDB72/$FILE/bpej_2011_0030_0003_0059_0080.pdf
McCollum, T. (2006). U.S. firms boost compliance and ethics programs. The Internal Auditor, 63(6), 18-22. Retrieved from the ProQuest database.
McNamara, C (n.d). Complete guide to ethics management: An ethics toolkit for managers. Retrieved from http://managementhelp.org/businessethics/ethics-guide.htm
UN Global Impact & the International Finance Corporation (2009). Corporate governance: The Foundation for Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Business [Brochure]. Retrieved from http://www.gcgf.org/wps/wcm/connect/a2b5ef8048a7e2db96cfd76060ad5911/IFC_UNGC_brochure.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Multimedia
AllanGregg. (2012, March 13). Daniel Goleman explains emotional intelligence [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeJ3FF1yFyc
corporateethics. (2010, October 1). Global ethics in corporations – Kirk O. Hanson [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91K3Trn4_YI&list=PLADE2DA851B646C4F
HarvardBusiness. (2008, August 11). Social intelligence and leadership [Video File].  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qv0o1oh9f4
INTELECOM (Producer). Ethics challenges. [Video File]. Retrieved from http://searchcenter.intelecomonline.net/playClipDirect.aspx?id=4870EEC7664070BBC7A04533604A03CF0B8F9F48F3E96DEAD4A1AFC91957F3A998A2CE06830C1871FAF51AEB415B94AA
INTELECOM (Producer). Social responsibility case study: Patagonia and Esprit [Video File]. Retrieved from    http://searchcenter.intelecomonline.net/playClipDirect.aspx?id=4870EEC7664070BBC7A04533604A03CF2D8C938CD7E1B047D06E32C166E898C3ABD1D373B894B01AEA8A222BBC6AB560
Websites
Center for Business Ethics (http://www.bentley.edu/centers/center-for-business-ethics)
Ethics Resource Center (http://www.ethics.org/)
Additional Resources

Articles
International Journal of Value Based Management.
Journal of Business Ethics.
Society and Business Review
To access these journals, select “Library” on the left menu panel.  Once on the library page, select “Find Articles & More.”  Next, select the “Databases A-Z” option and go to “P.” Then, find “ProQuest (Search All ProQuest Databases).”  Once in ProQuest, select “Publications” from the top menu and search by the title of the selected journal.


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