Lack of Ethical Behavior in the Cases of Bernie Madoff and Enron

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Ethical behavior is behavior that a person considers to be appropriate. A person’s moral principals are shaped from birth, and developed overtime throughout the person’s life. There are many factors that can influence what a person believes whats is right, or what is wrong. Some factors are a person’s family, religious beliefs, culture, and experiences. In business it is of great importance for an employee to understand how to act ethically to prevent a company from being sued, and receiving criticism from the public while bringing in profits for the company. (Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, & Langvardt, 2010) Business ethics is when ethical behavior is applied in an business environment, or by a business. There are many …show more content…
Bernie intently accepted large sums of funds from investors with the knowledge that he was not going to make legitimate investments with his the stackholders money. Bernie Madoff’s was conducting his business practices off of maximizing profits for himself over twenty years, which he intentialy defrauded his clients of almost sixty-five billion dollars. It is in my opinion that Bernie Madoff’s apparently knew what he was doing when he was engaging in un-ethical practices. When Madoff pled guilty to all charges in March 2009, which includes securities fraud, mail fraud, false statements, false filings with the SEC, investment advisor fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and theft from an employee benefit plan, I believe that he completely understood that his scam would be exposed at some time. Enron was named the most admired company for six years in a row, and it was widely considered one of the best companies to work for by Fortune magazine. Enron shocked the world, and it's stockholders when it was revealed at the end of 2001 that the company’s “reported financial condition was sustained substantially by institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud”. (Enron, 2011, para. 1) Enron maximized it’s long-run profits for itself, but not within the limits of the law. Enron disregarded it’s social responsibility to it’s stackholders when the company only strive for it’s maximized profits, and didn’t strive

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