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Lutgert College of Business in the News

This is the text of a Guest Opinion piece in the Fort Myers News-Press of March 12, 2011, written by Gray Davis, President of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. It mentions the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at FGCU, directed by Dr. Charles Fornaciari. Dr. Fornaciari is the LCOB Uncommon Friends Chair in Ethics.

Uncommon Friends seeks to help foster business ethics

Written by
Gray Davis
Guest opinion

9:07 PM, Mar. 11, 2011

In offices and boardrooms across America, businessmen and women are working hard at more than just improving company profits; they are shaping the character, work ethics and integrity of their corporate culture.

It is the goal of Uncommon Friends Foundation to help support this effort through business ethics round tables and recognition of outstanding businesses that exhibit a commitment to business ethics at all levels of the organization.

March is National Ethics Awareness Month. The American Heritage Dictionary defines ethic as a principle of right or good conduct or a body of such principles, and ethics as t he study of the general nature of morals and of specific moral choices - the rules or the conduct of the members of a profession.

This is a great time of year to revisit and share the ways we support ethical decision-making in the workplace.

As just two examples, The Center for Ethics in Financial Services has just launched its Facebook page where it posts ethical dilemmas each week for review and study. The Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society (CPCU Society) posts "A Question of Ethics" articles on its website for education, guidance and feedback among its members

The Institute of Business and Professional Ethics (IBPE) aims to help advance the state of business ethics practices through practical organizational and professional outreach applications, student education activities, and formal academic research.

The institute's goals include serving as a resource to the community regarding e ffective ethics practices in organizations, expanding ethics education and awareness among Florida Gulf Coast University faculty and students, and expanding research into effective ethics teaching and effective ethics-related practices in business organizations.

For more information, please contact the institute's director, Dr. Charles Fornaciari, Uncommon Friends Chair in Ethics at

In 2006, Uncommon Friends Foundation gave the first Uncommon Friends Business Ethics Award to recognize an organization that exemplifies standards of high ethical behavior in how it conducts its daily operations and during times of crises.

This award is for any organization that demonstrates a commitment to business ethics at all levels of the organization from line employees to upper management.

The award also recognizes a business for its commitment to business ethics in its dealings with its customers, vendors, shareholders, regulators, lenders and the community.

The company taking home this coveted award also shows a commitment to business ethics in its marketing, communications and sales practices as well as holding a reputation within its industry and communities for a commitment to business ethics.

The 2011 Uncommon Friends Business Ethics Award will be presented on June 2, 2011, at the Uncommon Evening Gala, Harborside Event Center.

We hope to see you there.

For information on tickets to the event, please contact Executive Director Arlene Roth at 239-337-9503.

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