The School of Business Administration and Accountancy (SBAA) orchestrated a transformative online event that brought together students and industry experts with the title “Business Ethics: Cases from the Real World.” The event which unfolded through Zoom platform was facilitated by SBAA alumnus Ian Mher B. Ignacio, now a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), working at the Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (PANELCO) Financial Audit-Internal Audit Department.
The webinar was open to all Business Administration and Accountancy students, especially the SBAA interns, and commenced with a thoughtful introduction of the esteemed speaker. The session seamlessly transitioned into a comprehensive discussion led by Mr. Ignacio, delving into real-world business ethics cases. His expertise provided students with unique insights, enabling them to analyze ethical issues, confront real-world scenarios, and refine critical thinking and decision-making skills.
Following the enriching discussion, participants actively engaged in a dynamic question and answer portion, where they had the opportunity to seek clarification, share perspectives, and further deepen their understanding of ethical considerations in the business realm.
Recognizing the commitment and active participation of the attendees, the webinar moved into the ceremonial awarding of certificates. This not only acknowledged the dedication of the participants but also served as a testament to their pursuit of ethical leadership.
The event concluded on a reflective note with participants providing evaluations of the webinar. This feedback loop, essential for continuous improvement, allowed organizers to gauge the effectiveness of the session and tailor future events to better meet the needs of the students.
The objectives of the webinar were achieved with finesse:
- Enhancing participants’ understanding of business ethics principles.
- Analyzing real-world business ethics cases.
- Developing critical thinking and decision-making skills regarding ethical dilemmas.
- Promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDG) to transform our world, particularly focusing on Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Linking these objectives to the SDG emphasized the broader impact of the webinar. It contributed to the analysis of real-world business ethics cases and the development of critical thinking skills aligned with Goal 8, fostering a commitment to decent work and economic growth through ethical decision-making.
As the participants reflected on this comprehensive webinar experience, it emerged as a pivotal moment in the journey toward fostering ethical leadership. Beyond being an opportunity to explore the intricacies of ethical decision-making in the business world, the event echoed the commitment to the United Nations’ vision of a sustainable, responsible, and ethically-driven future. The participants not only gained valuable insights but also left better equipped to confront and address ethical challenges in their future professional endeavors. The webinar serves as a beacon, guiding the way toward a conscientious and principled approach to business.
Written by Vanessa Bañas and Janine Paday-os