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Building Defenses: A Company Ethics Program


Learn guidelines for preparing your own ethics program.

Programs and systems defining corporate ethical choices do not guarantee that a corporation (or its employees) will behave always in an ethical manner. That said, without a meaningful corporate ethics program it is much more likely that ethical breaches will occur. Those corporate stewards who desire to lead an ethical operation must implement systematic defenses that will curtain unethical conduct. This white paper reviews why ethics must be a top-down affair and why there is a need for a clear code of ethics.



William J. Russell, J.D., M.B.A.

William J. Russell, J.D., M.B.A.

Northwest Nazarene University

  • Served at NNU as professor of business law and business ethics
  • Taught ethics, law and entrepreneurship in graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Served as general counsel, assoc. vice president for advancement, executive director for community & governmental relations, assoc. Dean of the College of Business, assistant to the president, and director of the NNU M.B.A. program
  • 2010 recipient of the International Award for Teaching Excellence from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), members include 650 institutions from 40 countries
  • Practiced law as a civil litigator in Boise for 16 years, and then joined Gulf Resources & Chemical Corporation (an NYSE company) and its subsidiary as general counsel and vice president
  • Left Gulf and after two years in a consulting practice at KPMG Peat Marwick founded an international consulting company with clients worldwide, which assisted over 70 large U.S. and international companies with nonlitigated solutions to specialized complex business disputes
  • He sold his company to join NNU
  • During a recent 18 month hiatus from NNU, he served as vice president for Transacction Partners, a cloud-based business financial outsourcing company which worked for churches, nonprofit, and profit organizations
  • Consulted with major corporations and international and local organizations on strategic planning, risk management, governance, and other business matters
  • Most popular speaking topic is “Thinking Like Warren Buffett,” a topic which he has been invited to address over three dozen times

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