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Go Beyond Compliance

Center for Ethics in Practice

Join the Conversation and Commitment to Ethical Business Practices.

The Opus College of Business Center for Ethics in Practice has been helping develop ethical business leaders and cultures for more than 40 years. The Center facilitates conversations and learning about practical ethics to develop innovative and successful tools for upstanding business success. We strive to promote the common good through facilitating a successful business community that values doing business the right way.

Contact

Nicole Zwieg-Daly

Director
Phone Number
(651) 962-4122

Center for Ethics in Practice information Areas

  • Ethics Edge Breakfast Roundtable Series
  • Customized Training and Education
  • Practical Ethics Conference
  • Business Ethics Resource Center
  • Annual Stakeholder Dialogue
  • Improvisational Ethical Training
  • Ethics Edge Breakfast Roundtable Series

    The Ethics Edge Breakfast is a discussion series between Twin Cities business leaders and University of St. Thomas ethics faculty. This series provides Center members an opportunity to network in an ethical forum, converse and collaborate on ethical issues facing the business community. The Ethics Edge is held four times per year.

    Customized Training and Education

    The Center for Ethics in Practice offers a variety of educational programming designed to help develop principled business leaders and ethical business cultures in today's complex, ever-changing environment. Led by scholars and practitioner ethicists, our programs encourage experiential learning, networking opportunities and practical knowledge to apply in the workplace.

    Practical Ethics Conference

    The Practical Ethics Conference is coming in 2020. Developing and maintaining an ethical business culture is an essential component of any organization's success. In partnership with a number of University centers and Twin Cities businesses, the Practical Ethics Conference will serve as an exclusive space for exceptional networking and practical, ethical learning.

    Business Ethics Resource Center

    The Business Ethics Resource Center (BERC) is coming in Summer 2019. Once completed, BERC will be an open-access website supporting the mission of the University of St. Thomas by making business ethics resources available and free to the public with the intent of educating business leaders and assisting them in building strong organizational cultures of ethics and compliance in the businesses and industries they serve.

    Annual Stakeholder Dialogue

    The Stakeholder Dialogue is an annual series focusing on various groups that have a stake in the business enterprise. This distinctive annual event, sponsored by the Koch Distinguished Professors, Center for Ethics in Practice and the Veritas Institute, is designed to increase public understanding of issues and encourage ethical action by business organizations.

    Improvisational Ethical Training

    Coming Fall 2019

    Ethics Edge Breakfast Roundtable Series

    The Ethics Edge Breakfast is a discussion series between Twin Cities business leaders and University of St. Thomas ethics faculty. This series provides Center members an opportunity to network in an ethical forum, converse and collaborate on ethical issues facing the business community. The Ethics Edge is held four times per year.

    Customized Training and Education

    The Center for Ethics in Practice offers a variety of educational programming designed to help develop principled business leaders and ethical business cultures in today's complex, ever-changing environment. Led by scholars and practitioner ethicists, our programs encourage experiential learning, networking opportunities and practical knowledge to apply in the workplace.

    Practical Ethics Conference

    The Practical Ethics Conference is coming in 2020. Developing and maintaining an ethical business culture is an essential component of any organization's success. In partnership with a number of University centers and Twin Cities businesses, the Practical Ethics Conference will serve as an exclusive space for exceptional networking and practical, ethical learning.

    Business Ethics Resource Center

    The Business Ethics Resource Center (BERC) is coming in Summer 2019. Once completed, BERC will be an open-access website supporting the mission of the University of St. Thomas by making business ethics resources available and free to the public with the intent of educating business leaders and assisting them in building strong organizational cultures of ethics and compliance in the businesses and industries they serve.

    Annual Stakeholder Dialogue

    The Stakeholder Dialogue is an annual series focusing on various groups that have a stake in the business enterprise. This distinctive annual event, sponsored by the Koch Distinguished Professors, Center for Ethics in Practice and the Veritas Institute, is designed to increase public understanding of issues and encourage ethical action by business organizations.

    Improvisational Ethical Training

    Coming Fall 2019

    Headshot of Farhad Manjoo Attendees listen to speakers at the Winning with Integrity program. Conference attendees engage in conversation during the Executive Coaching in Organizations Conference in Minneapolis.
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    Annual Stakeholder Dialogue

    This year's Stakeholder Dialogue will feature keynote speaker is Farhad Manjoo, columnist for The New York Times. 

    Thursday, May 2, 2019
    4:30 – 7:15 p.m.
    University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus

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    Winning with Integrity

    Join us for an annual conversation on topics in sports, ethics and principled leadership.

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    7:30 – 10 a.m.
    University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus

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    Using Improv to Navigate Ethical Dilemmas

    Learn improvisation techniques that will help you when confronted with ethical dilemmas.

    Friday, June 14, 2019
    8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus

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    Membership

    Membership includes a variety of benefits:

    • Free participation in our quarterly Ethics Edge Breakfast Roundtable discussion series between Twin Cities business leaders and university ethics professors
    • Special invitation for member organization employees to attend a number of engaging, networking events such as the Stakeholder Dialogue, Winning with Integrity and more
    • Quarterly ethics newsletter which shares best practices by Twin Cities businesses as well as highlighting Center sponsors
    • Customized training, at a special member rate, focused on practical ethics to develop principled leaders

    Membership includes a variety of benefits:

    • Free participation in our quarterly Ethics Edge Breakfast Roundtable discussion series between Twin Cities business leaders and university ethics professors
    • Special invitation for member organization employees to attend a number of engaging, networking events such as the Stakeholder Dialogue, Winning with Integrity and more
    • Quarterly ethics newsletter which shares best practices by Twin Cities businesses as well as highlighting Center sponsors
    • Customized training, at a special member rate, focused on practical ethics to develop principled leaders

    Membership rates for new and renewing members as of January 1, 2019:

    Gross Sales

    Corporate/Assoc.

    Non-Profit

    Over $5B

    $5,000

    $4,000

    $1B - $5B

    $4,700

    $3,700

    $100M - $1B

    $4,000

    $3,000

    $25M - $100M

    $3,300

    $2,300

    $1M - $25M

    $1,100

    $850

    Under $1M

    $550

    $450

    Government

    Executive Board

    $1,100

    Federal

    $825

    State

    $550

    Individual

    $210 (self-employed)

     

    Organizations are welcome to sponsor the Center’s work by sponsoring individual Center programs and events throughout the year. Sponsorship benefits include member benefits and additional visibility as a Center partner in all communications for the sponsored
    program or event.

    Membership rates for new and renewing members as of January 1, 2019:

    Gross Sales

    Corporate/Assoc.

    Non-Profit

    Over $5B

    $5,000

    $4,000

    $1B - $5B

    $4,700

    $3,700

    $100M - $1B

    $4,000

    $3,000

    $25M - $100M

    $3,300

    $2,300

    $1M - $25M

    $1,100

    $850

    Under $1M

    $550

    $450

    Government

    Executive Board

    $1,100

    Federal

    $825

    State

    $550

    Individual

    $210 (self-employed)

     

    Organizations are welcome to sponsor the Center’s work by sponsoring individual Center programs and events throughout the year. Sponsorship benefits include member benefits and additional visibility as a Center partner in all communications for the sponsored
    program or event.

    Advisory Board

    Colleen Dorsey
    Dawn Elm
    Michael Garrison
    Ken Goodpaster
    Tony Heredia
    Ron James
    Katie Lawler
    Stefanie Lenway
    Sally Mainquist
    James Mitchell
    Katherina Pattit

    Publications and Articles

  • Center for Ethics in Practice Newsletter
  • Articles by our Experts
  • Center for Ethics in Practice Newsletter

    The Center for Ethics in Practice (previously known as the Center for Ethical Organizations) has produced a number of newsletters and newspaper articles that examine ethical issues and emerging trends in organizations across the world.

    Center for Ethics in Practice Newsletter

    Would you like to be a contributor? Email Nicole Zwieg-Daly to learn how at nmzwieg@stthomas.edu.

    Articles by our Experts

    Center for Ethics in Practice Newsletter

    The Center for Ethics in Practice (previously known as the Center for Ethical Organizations) has produced a number of newsletters and newspaper articles that examine ethical issues and emerging trends in organizations across the world.

    Center for Ethics in Practice Newsletter

    Would you like to be a contributor? Email Nicole Zwieg-Daly to learn how at nmzwieg@stthomas.edu.

    Articles by our Experts

    Center for Ethics in Practice Staff

    Headshot of Dawn R. Elm, Ph.D.

    Dawn R. Elm, Ph.D.

    David A. and Barbara Koch (Graco) Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics and Leadership

    Executive Director

    (651) 962-4265
    DRELM@stthomas.edu

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Opus College of Business Center for Ethics in Practice is to cultivate partnerships between the professional and academic communities around mutual learning and meaningful innovation in service of ethical leadership, organizational success and the common good.

    The Center accomplishes this mission through dialogues, programs and events to facilitate practical learning and actionable scholarly research about professional responsibility and ethics.