New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards
An Initiative of the Samaritan Counseling Center
Photo courtesy of Sarah Stella Photography
Each fall, students in two sections of Professor Sarah Smith's MGMT 308 classes – "the Ethical, Political, and Social Environment for Business" - get the chance to participate in the selection process for recipients of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. In teams, students are randomly assigned nominees in three separate Award categories – For-Profit businesses, Nonprofit organizations and Individual business leaders. This year, 125 students on 28 teams have been digging in to learn and report as much as they can about the ethical practices of their nominee. At the end of the semester, confidential student reports go to a Selection Committee made up of prominent area business leaders, who ultimately make the Award decisions.
The New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards program represents a 17-year partnership between the Anderson School of Management and the Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque. Over these years, many hundreds of students have learned first-hand about the great things that businesses and organizations are doing on the front lines of ethical business practices.
Please use the links to the left to see photos from the students’ work with their nominees.
Ethical Practices Agreement
To help ensure confidentiality and impartiality in their work, students sign Ethical Practices Agreements which require the avoidance of conflicts or potential conflicts of interest, including the responsibility to turn down gifts, offers of employment, other items of value from Award nominees or their representatives. Additionally, students commit to keep confidential their reports' contents and findings, which are shared only with their instructor and the Awards Selection Committee, who likewise sign ethical practices agreements.