Ethics Unwrapped Blog

El fraude de Wells Fargo

Bajo la presión de cumplir con altas expectativas en los incentivos y las metas de venta, los empleados del banco Wells Fargo crearon más de un millón de cuentas fraudulentas bajo nombre de sus clientes.

Continue Reading
Drain the swamp

The Swamp: To Drain or Not To Drain

I don’t always agree with President-elect Donald Trump, but I concurred when he tweeted, in the wake of House Republicans’ secretive January 2, 2017 vote to gut the Independent Ethics Office: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as […]

Continue Reading

Biases of a Supreme Court Justice

Justice Antonin Scalia will likely go down as one of the brightest minds, most forceful writers, and most colorful characters ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. In many ways, he was a “giant” of the Court, as many of his obituary writers are stressing. But Justice Scalia was also a poster child for […]

Continue Reading

A Brief Guide to Behavioral Legal Ethics

Guest blogger Tigran Eldred is an Associate Professor of Law at the New England School of Law in Boston.  He has a distinguished background as a public defender and civil rights lawyer before he joined academia.  However, our particular interest in his contribution relates to his interest in behavioral ethics as it applies to the […]

Continue Reading

Tools for Teaching Ethics

On a day (October 15, 2013) when the New York Times is carrying articles on former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s guilty pleas to attacks on women, on an indictment of a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old girl on felony charges in connection with the bullying-caused suicide of another 12-year-old girl, and on possible accounting irregularities […]

Continue Reading

DVV Pilar 3: Normalización

La normalización significa saber que conflictos de valores pueden ocurrir en cualquier momento, así para que puedas resolverlos más calmamente y competentemente. Sobre reaccionar a los conflictos de valores pude limitar nuestras opciones innecesariamente.

Continue Reading

Conflicto de interés

Un conflicto de interés ocurre cuando tenemos incentivos y responsabilidades en nuestras vidas personales y profesionales que están en conflicto y pueden causar daño a los demás y a la sociedad.

Continue Reading

Juego de incentivos

El juego de incentivos, o “abuso de incentivos,” ocurre cuando nos damos cuenta de las maneras en que podemos incrementar las recompensas que recibimos por nuestro desempeño profesional, sin tener que mejorar de manera tangible calidad de los frutos de nuestro trabajo.

Continue Reading

Is S&P the next Enron?

In a recent New York Times column, Floyd Norris noted in detail the obvious similarities between the downfall of Arthur Andersen during the Enron debacle and the recent troubles of Standard & Poor’s and other credit rating agencies (CRAs). Arthur Andersen was in an inherent conflict-of-interest situation.  Like all auditors, it was paid by its […]

Continue Reading