Posts tagged "ethics"

The Strange Ethics of Airline Security

It has happened yet again. Airline security has been breached, and it had nothing to do with the passengers. The latest case of a security breakdown has occurred overseas to an airline called JetStar.

The airline worker was caught on video as he was opening passenger bags in the luggage holds of an airliner that was about to depart. He was stealing the contents. The airline upon seeing the video vowed a full investigation.  This is airline security gone wrong – clearly an ethics breach.  A spokesperson said in part:

“We have launched an immediate investigation and will work with Airports of Thailand, our ground handler BAGS and our local security company to ensure the security of our customers’ property on-board our flights,” the statement continued.

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Water: The Ethical Enemy of Gatorade?

As I start this post, I recall a World Health Organization (WHO) report that I read not long ago. Childhood obesity is skyrocketing around the world, and the population of children who are obese is 10 times greater than it was 40 years ago. Obesity is not harmless. Obese kids often become obese adults, and on that journey, they develop heart disease, joint problems and diabetes. It’s not a pretty picture.  Which brings us to an ethics question involving popular drinks like Gatorade.

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ABB: When an Unethical Fox Guards the Ethics Henhouse

Ethics is a word that is often tossed about with reckless abandon. Executives often take on the role as “ethics officers,” when they, themselves have no idea of what the responsibility entails. It is window dressing. Then there are people who assume the role of ethics over-seers or ombudsmen whose credentials are never explored because, frankly no one else can be bothered to do ABB Ethicsthe training.  This became a real problem for ABB.

You may never have heard of a Swiss engineering group called ABB. They are a huge, multinational organization with operations in South Korea. The treasurer of the Korean branch is also one of two executives in charge of ethics training and for “legal and ethical integrity.”

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Are Elite Colleges Being Ethical?

Elite Colleges have come under a lot of scrutiny lately. There are issues of free speech, political unrest and campus violence that have dominated the news, especially when speakers with different views attempt to speak. This is not an issue we feel is our role to tackle. However, another topic has recently come to light that while passing under the radar talks to the very essence of what education should/should not be about.  So are elite colleges being ethical?

Should elite colleges make a profit? We are often told that the astronomical tuitions are necessary to cover the cost of an education. This may not always be the case. In addition to that argument, is one of who should be entitled to an education? Should an elite education only be the domain of elite, rich people?

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When Reality TV Meets Really Bad Ethics: Ask Travell Thomas

Travell Thomas could arguably be one of the best poker players in the world, but when it comes to unethical behavior, he is a world class champion. This scandal could also be named: When Reality TV Meets Really Bad Ethics.

when-reality-tv-meets-really-bad-ethicsIf you are a fan of the World Series of Poker (I said, if), Mr. Thomas could ring a bell with you. He won first prize in the televised tournament. He was the darling of the poker world with his larger than life personality and outlandish hats.

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Fraud: Is Your Business at Risk?

Reverend Bobby thought it a bit strange when his wife, with her hand cupped over the phone, said that Sargent Willis was on the line and had some questions. Sargent Willis wasn’t a member of his congregation and the last time he could remember he had fraud-is-your-business-at-risknever had any cause for the police to want to ask him questions. He thought, “Did I run a red light and a traffic cam catch me,” he wondered.  His question led to a surprising outcome which raises the question about Fraud: Is Your Business at Risk?

The Shock Of A Collapsing Illusion

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, Choices and Consequences, Ethical Behavior, Fraud Pure and Simple and tagged , , ,

3 Components of Bad Behavior

Is it safe to say that all organizations are expected act in an ethical manner when it comes to the legal, moral, and professional conduct related to the fulfillment of their professional responsibilities? Who wouldn’t answer YES to this question?  Yet the truth 3-components-of-bad-behavioris there are 3 components of bad behavior that when put together create the foundation of bad behavior.  Once you recognize how those components work or come together, lives can be changed.

In my work as a professional ethics consultant and advocate, I have seen more examples of circumstances where good people, people that are well intentioned, make bad choices by taking one step on the slippery slope of unethical activity.

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Jon Ruggles and Poor Financial Ethics at Delta Airlines

When there is no oversight associated with an important corporate function, sooner or later poor decision making or unethical behavior is bound to occur. This fact was reaffirmed just this past week with Delta Airlines and the man who was in charge with the important fuel hedging program, Jon Ruggles.

Delta Airlines As there was apparently little to no oversight, Ruggles set up a personal commodities trading account for jet fuel, alongside the huge corporate trading account he ran for Delta. When major corporate traders such as a multi-billion dollar airline take a position in any commodity it naturally affects the prices of that commodity. It is, after all, a supply and demand scenario.

Though the trades actually took place in 2011 and 2012, the final disposition of the case didn’t occur until September 2016.

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Bookkeeper Fraud: Tennessee First Presbyterian Church is a Victim

There is no point in dwelling on the “sickness” of bookkeeper Connie Parker. Between 2007 and July 2016, she stole at least $600,000 from a Tennessee First Presbyterian Church. She allegedly used the church’s credit card to charge everything from lavish vacations to household furniture.  This is accounting fraud or better stated bookkeeper fraud and likely one that is never expected.

Bookkeeper FraudAfter the many years of stealing, the axe finally came down on Parker. This resulted in two immediate outcomes: a hearing was held in front of a judge and the judge issued an injunction restraining Parker from selling or disposing of any property or assets. The church is scrambling to recover as much money as possible.  This is just part of the aftermath of bookkeeper fraud.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Accounting Ethics, fraud, Fraud Pure and Simple and tagged , , , ,

Sports Ethics – The Financial Downfall of Trent Richardson

Trent RichardsonTrent Richardson, like many professional sports figures, was never effectively trained in how to handle success. Like many athletes he learned his sport with the fine art of practice and muscle memory, but who teaches athletes ethical and financial muscle memory?

Reared in a loving home, but poor by many standards, Richardson knew that if his time came he’d take care of those who were there for him. So when he signed a four-year $20.5 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, Richardson made good on his mental promise.

He bоught a ѕix-bеdrооm house in Cleveland fоr $825,000 аnd rеntеd hiѕ mоm a house there, too. He hаd a сhаnсе tо mаkе ѕurе his mоm never hаd tо work аgаin. In like manner he bought hiѕ grаndmоthеr a house in Pensacola fоr $350,000. Mission accomplished!

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