Ethikos Editor’s Weekly Picks: Got an Ethics Question? At This Company, Employees Just Ask the Chatbot


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Got an ethics question? At this company, employees just ask the chatbot

By Sue Reisinger for Corporate Counsel

Just a couple of years ago Convercent was a company that built technologies for compliance and ethics officers, but didn’t have a compliance officer of its own. Now Katie Smith has changed all that, and brought her own innovations to the job, including an interactive compliance website and an ethics “chatbot” named Cooper.  Read more

‘Powerful’ consumers put focus on ethics: Icebreaker boss

By Aimee Shaw for New Zealand Herald

Icebreaker says it wants to inspire other retailers by launching a transparency report as ‘powerful’ consumer increasingly focus on ethical companies.

“The consumer is more powerful than any brand and this is a key change within the global landscape – it’s not the manufacturer, it’s not the retailer, it’s the consumer, and that’s exciting because the consumer is the toughest judge,” said Icebreaker chief executive Greg Smith. Read more

How a strong board of directors keeps AI companies on an ethical path

By Trooper Sanders for VB

Following the corporate corruption scandals of the early 2000s, then-Securities and Exchange Commission chairman William Donaldson said determining the company’s moral DNA “should be the foundation on which the Board builds a corporate culture based on a philosophy of high ethical standards and accountability.” Today’s crisis of confidence in technology companies, especially those controlling deep pools of data and developing and deploying artificial intelligence, not only demands more responsible engineers, entrepreneurs, and executives but more assertive boards who make ethics and the public interest strategic priorities. Read more

UNC teams come out on top at International Business Ethics Case Competition

By Luanne Kadlub for The Tribune

Two teams of business students from the University of Northern Colorado took top honors at the International Business Ethics Case Competition on April 19-20 in Boston.

The graduate team of Keenan Leary, Hannah Swick and Kody Mommaerts made a clean sweep of first-place awards in their division when they presented on the topic “The National Football League’s Responsibility for Concussion Prevention.”  Read more


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