Ethics and Code of Conduct

Legal developments in recent years have made proactive business ethics and code of conduct training a necessity. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines (FSGs) and various statutes (e.g. SOX, FAR) require frequent and comprehensive training on workplace ethics and ethical business conduct. Just having a Code of Conduct is NOT enough!

Our highly customizable online courses explain the core concepts of business ethics and allows organizations to present and highlight their Codes of Ethics and/or Business Conduct. In the code of conduct training, employees are presented with customizable scenarios that require them to apply “the code” and determine the “right” course of action, fostering understanding of ethical decision making and knowledge of specific standards of conduct.

Available Courses in this Training Series

Syntrio's Ethics and Code of Conduct

Ethics and Code of Conduct 

Audience: All employees.
Length: 50 minutes

Ethics is about doing the “right” thing. In a business setting, ethics also involves ensuring that company values are shared and upheld by all members of the organization. This course introduces the concept of business ethics and highlights the company code of ethics and/or business conduct which describes company values and standards of conduct. Students learn by applying “the code” to a series of “ethical dilemmas” typical of the workplace. It also discusses responsibilities, procedures, and “whistleblower” protections associated with reporting ethics and/or legal violations.

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Social Media Ethics


Social Media Ethics

Audience: All employees
Length: 25 minutes

The rise of social media has impacted society and culture, including the workplace, in profound ways. By revolutionizing the way people communicate and socialize, social media offers many opportunities and benefits to individuals and to organizations. It also raises many challenging ethical and legal issues. This course provides an overview of the social media ethics in the workplace. 

This course is divided into 3 sections and covers the following: 

Section 1: Social Media Overview

  • Provides an overview of social media as a communication tool. 

Section 2: Misuse of Time, Resources, and Information

  • Outlines social media risks related to use of time, resources, and information.

Section 3: Conflicts of Interest and Offensive Posts

  • Outlines how social media use can lead to conflicts of interest and accusations of harassment, bullying, or disparagement.

Speak Up


Speak Up!  Addressing Ethical Concerns

Audience: All employees
Length: 15 minutes

Legal and ethical missteps can occur in any organization. Addressing and resolving these behaviors on a regular basis can head off devastating effects to the organization and its reputation. This course teaches employees the importance of speaking up on ethics concerns and their responsibility to hold each other accountable for maintaining the high ethical standards of the organization. It also discusses actions employees can take to question and/or report misconduct if it arises.



Resolving Ethical Issues

Audience: Manager and Supervisors
Length: 30 minutes

Resolving ethical issues requires advanced decision-making skills and keen moral sensibilities. To help you effectively address and resolve ethical issues that arise in the workplace, this course introduces a four-step model for ethical awareness, assessment, decision-making, and action.



Responding to Ethics Complaints

AUDIENCE: Managers and Supervisors

Duration: 25 minutes
Maintaining and ethical and legally compliant culture is essential to our long-term success, however, unethical and unlawful behavior can occur in any organization. How quickly the organization responds to such behavior often dictates whether the ethical culture is strengthened or whether the reputation and health of the organization is are put at risk. Managers and supervisors have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to ethics and compliance complaints in the workplace.This course discusses a manager's role responding to ethics complaints as well as procedures for investigating and appropriately resolving ethics concerns.
Course Objectives
  • Describe a manager’s duties in fostering and maintaining a culture of ethical conduct in the workplace.
  • Identify essential steps in responding to ethics complaints.
  • Discuss procedures to investigate and resolve cases of misconduct.
  • Give reasons why a policy of zero tolerance for retaliation is essential when responding to ethics complaints.
Jonathan Gonzalez
Since 2007, Jonathan has practiced labor and employment law (exclusively on behalf of management). In addition to litigating (up to and including jury trial), individual plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment, wage, and hour and other employment-specific cases; Jonathan has focused his practice toward advising employers on preventive practice.
Jonathan has presented over 100 live employment discrimination and harassment prevention (and other employment law related) training courses and has provided training manuals to clients with employees in all 50 states. Jonathan has drafted and presented legally compliant training manuals and presentations for clients ranging in size from two employees to Fortune 500 companies. All this allows Jonathan to maintain a keen knowledge of the employment laws throughout the country. Jonathan currently develops scenario-based interactive online training programs for clients of all sizes that are custom-tailored to meet the needs of that industry.
Jonathan G. Gonzalez obtained a Juris Doctorate from Marquette University School of Law in 2006.


Ethics and Code of Conduct for
Government Contractors

Audience: All employees working on government contracts.
Length: 45 minutes

Business ethics involves educating and aligning the actions of individuals with relevant laws and the preferred values of the organization. This course discusses the many benefits of promoting business ethics as well as the legal requirements of government contractors with respect to ethics and compliance. It highlights the organization’s Code of Ethics and/or Business Conduct and asks learners to apply the Code to a series of hypothetical scenarios in which ethical issues may arise in workplace. It also discusses responsibilities, procedures, and “whistleblower” protections associated with reporting ethics and/or legal violations.

Syntrio Ethics and Code of Conduct for Colleges and Universities


Ethics and Code of Conduct for
Colleges and Universities

Audience: All employees.
Length: 50 minutes

This course will introduce you to the College’s Code of Conduct and challenge you to apply the Code to a few scenarios. The purpose is to provide an overview of the College’s expectations of its Members and representatives. The College expects its Members and their representatives to adhere to the highest ethical standards, including honesty, integrity, respect for others, fair dealing, diligence, and prudence and accountability in the use of the College’s resources. If you have questions or discover gaps or inconsistencies in policy and application, please share your observation with your supervisor.

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Rich with scenarios, case studies, and interactive exercises

Optional audio (narration)

Built-in delivery and tracking using Syntrio's learning management system (LMS), or launch our courses from any standards-conforming, third-party LMS

Mastery quiz with scoring options test learner understanding of the material discussed

Mentoring feature allows students to direct questions at any time via e-mail to a subject matter expert within the organization

Options to customize course content and design including logo, policies, procedures and executive introduction