Through the generosity of Richard Fleming and his family foundation, The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics was established in 2009. The programs and activities of the Institute are administered by the Division of Business in collaboration with the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.
The mission of The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics is to promote a culture of ethical awareness and action in the business professions. The guiding vision of this Institute is to link the corporate and educational communities in a collaborative effort to promote ethical behavior in the world of business.
Another important focus of The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics is the development of graduates of the DeSales University business programs who are poised, mature, articulate, and prepared to work in diverse environments, all with a conviction that doing what is right and good is the ultimate measure of success in business. The Fleming Institute’s programs and activities will also be offered to the local and regional business communities.
One of the first events that the Institute sponsored, and coordinated by the Salesian Center, Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, was an ethics presentation by DeSales alumnus, Jim Pepper ’91, a member of the Elliott Greenleaf law firm. Pepper visited the DeSales campus on February 24, 2010 to discuss the government lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer. Ultimately, Pfizer was penalized approximately $2.3 billion and his client was awarded $98.5 million for false advertising and defrauding the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The Fleming Ethics Bowl Competition was designed as a way for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn more about current business ethics. Students from LVAIC institutions are invited to participate in the competition by presenting their ethical views on a business case study before a panel of business executives serving as panel judges.
DeSales University hosted the third Fleming Ethics Bowl Competition on March 29, 2012. We were privileged to have eight undergraduate teams from Moravian and Muhlenberg Colleges, Penn State University Lehigh Valley, and DeSales University.
Competitors responded to this year's case study which related to use of social websites in the workplace. The case study described employers' concerns that employees' internet use will lead to security breaches, hackers accessing confidential information, technology crashes, and more importantly low productivity. In contract to these concerns, human resource experts view social media use as a way for employees to have downtime and also show their talents. Using social media in the workplace weighs heavily on employers as they consider how trust and control affect the work atmosphere.
The 2012 undergraduate Grand Champion was DeSales University led by team advisor Dr. Charles Jobs; and, the first and second place runners-up were also from DeSales University. The fourth place standing was awarded to Dr. Bergenstock and Dr. Doviak's team from Muhlenberg College.
We are incredibly grateful to each school who participated and to team advisors who volunteered their time to help us provide an environment that brings together the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow in a way that unites, enriches, and challenges.
Learn more about the 2013 Fleming Ethics Bowl Competition and join us on Thursday, March 21, 2013.