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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

I think the Center has the opportunity to transform the lives of people and companies in our region and beyond.

Tim Welsh

Center for Ethics in Practice

  • Business Ethics Resource Center
  • Customized Training
  • Interactive Events
  • Articles by our experts
  • Business Ethics Resource Center

    The Business Ethics Resource Center powered by U.S. Bank (BERC) is an open-access website that makes business ethics resources available freely to the public with the intent to educate business leaders and assist them in building and maintaining strong organizational cultures of ethics and compliance in the businesses and industries they serve. BERC will provide users with the opportunity to gain a foundational ethics and compliance understanding as well as learn best practices and offer solutions to ethics and compliance challenges commonly experienced by small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

    For more information, click on the BERC press release box to the left, and visit the BERC site using the link below.

     

    Business Ethics Resource Center (BERC)

    Customized Training

    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.

    Interactive Events

    Ethics Edge Breakfast 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.

    Upcoming dates (topics will be added when determined):

    October 10, 2019

    The topic is Corporate Responsibility & its Counterfeits.  The discussion will be led by Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Emeritus Koch Endowed Chair in Ethics and Executive Editor of Corporate Responsibility The American Experience.  Goodpaster will offer a view of the nature of corporate responsibility and the ways it can be co-opted.  Space is limited.  Please email tsweeney@stthomas.edu if you are interested in attending.

    December 12, 2019

    February 13, 2020

    April 9, 2020

     

    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.

    Date: Spring 2020

     

    Twin Cities Practical Ethics Conference

    The one-day Twin Cities Practical Ethics Conference will be held on March 26, 2020 on the Minneapolis campus. 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.

    Articles by our experts

    Business Ethics Resource Center

    The Business Ethics Resource Center powered by U.S. Bank (BERC) is an open-access website that makes business ethics resources available freely to the public with the intent to educate business leaders and assist them in building and maintaining strong organizational cultures of ethics and compliance in the businesses and industries they serve. BERC will provide users with the opportunity to gain a foundational ethics and compliance understanding as well as learn best practices and offer solutions to ethics and compliance challenges commonly experienced by small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

    For more information, click on the BERC press release box to the left, and visit the BERC site using the link below.

     

    Customized Training

    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.

    Interactive Events

    Ethics Edge Breakfast 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.

    Upcoming dates (topics will be added when determined):

    October 10, 2019

    The topic is Corporate Responsibility & its Counterfeits.  The discussion will be led by Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Emeritus Koch Endowed Chair in Ethics and Executive Editor of Corporate Responsibility The American Experience.  Goodpaster will offer a view of the nature of corporate responsibility and the ways it can be co-opted.  Space is limited.  Please email tsweeney@stthomas.edu if you are interested in attending.

    December 12, 2019

    February 13, 2020

    April 9, 2020

     

    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.

    Date: Spring 2020

     

    Twin Cities Practical Ethics Conference

    The one-day Twin Cities Practical Ethics Conference will be held on March 26, 2020 on the Minneapolis campus. 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.

    Articles by our experts

    Panelists engage in discussion at the Business Ethics Resource Center launch event.

    Business Ethics Resource Center Panel Discussion

    Ethical leaders are essential to developing and maintaining ethical business cultures. Listen to a panel of three business executives and an ethics professor, moderated by U.S. Bank Chief Ethics Officer Katie Lawler, discuss how and why ethics in the workplace is not only a benefit to their financial bottom line, it is a positive driver of their companies' meaningful existence.

    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, Director, Organizational Ethics & Compliance, University of St. Thomas School of Law

    Dawn ElmDavid A. & Barbara Koch (Graco) Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Leadership Executive Director, Center for Ethics in Practice, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

    Michael Garrison, Senior Associate Dean, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

    Ken GoodpasterProfessor Emeritus, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

    Tony HerediaVice President, Corporation Compliance & Ethics, Target

    Ron James, University of St. Thomas

    Katie LawlerSenior Vice President, Global Chief Ethics Officer, US Bank

    Stefanie Lenway, Dean, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

    Sally Mainquist, CEO and Co-Founder, Veritae Group, LLC

    James Mitchell, Chairman and CEO (Retired), IDS Insurance Company

    Katherina Pattit, Associate Professor of Ethics and Business Law, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

    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.