The Ethics Of The Enron Collapse Of Enron 's Bankruptcy

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sprees, wild corporate “gatherings” became the norm. Employees who could not afford the lavish lifestyle created at Enron began to take a toll on them. Trying to keep up with the crowd, lower level employees found themselves maxing out their credit cards and putting themselves in debt. This created an environment that seemed to worry less about earning actual profits. According to Li (2010), shareholders and employees were told by Enron’s CEO the stock would probably rise but did not disclose he was selling his stock while telling everyone else to buy. Shareholders were completely unaware of the irregularities going on at Enron and were constantly lied to about the company’s actual health. Actually, employees were never told by any of Enron’s top management team, the true status of the company. Li (2010) stated not only until the investigation surrounding Enron’s bankruptcy enabled shareholders to learn of the CEO stock sell-off before February 14, 2002 which is when the sell-off would otherwise have been disclosed. However, the most damaging act was committed by the accounting firm Arthur Andersen. According to Li (2010), their reputation was damaged by their admission on January 10, 2002 that employees of the firm had destroyed documents and correspondence related to the Enron engagement. The shredding of documents was a clear admission of guilt which eventually caused Arthur Anderson to also file for bankruptcy. Auditor’s reputation is based on being reliable, honest, and

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