Multiple choice

1.  Compliance based ethics codes typically: 

A. rely on laws and regulations outside the firm for guidance.

B. have a strong affinity for shared accountability among employees.

C. promote a “do-it-right” climate.

D. enable responsible employee conduct.

Compliance-based ethics codes prevent unlawful behavior by increasing control and by penalizing wrongdoers.


2.  What is the benefit of employing an ethics officer? 

A. This professional serves as a law-enforcement officer, with the authority to arrest employees who do not abide by the ethics code.

B. This individual writes the ethics code and keeps this document current. He has sole authority to change the document as he sees fit.

C. This professional has the responsibility to make certain that the ethics code remains a private company document; however, since the position has very little authority, it becomes a token job with high turnover.

D. This individual’s job is dedicated to objectively investigating ethics breaches. If necessary, employees feel comfortable with communicating confidentially to this professional.


3.  While speaking with his sales force, the director of sales explains, “Anyone caught violating a sales law will be fired.” After studying business ethics, you recognize this remark as a reference to the firm’s __________ ethics. 

A. technology-based

B. personal responsibility-based

C. compliance-based

D. integrity-based


4.  In an effort to promote the importance of a valuable education, the faculty and staff at the local community college are trained to ask each student about their career preferences, rather than suggest courses that may not benefit the student’s future goals. Although it would be tempting to suggest courses just to increase the College’s enrollment, employees know that it is more important to serve each student well, even if it means suggesting courses and/or degrees offered at other institutions. This approach is consistent with: 

A. an integrity-based ethics code.

B. a compliance-based ethics code.

C. a response to a government mandate.

D. a personal responsibility commitment.


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