Business ethics go to school

Thanks to Deloitte and Junior
Achievement, a new high school programme will be bringing business ethics to
the classroom.

A recent Deloitte poll conducted in
the United States found many teens driven by the pursuit of success resort to
cheating and plagiarizing, and also revealed teens’ perception that physical
violence is sometimes, often or always acceptable. The poll findings painted a
disturbing picture for employers who will be relying on this age group to fill
their future work forces.

In response, Junior Achievement and
Deloitte LLP created the JA Business Ethics programme as part of a $2 million
initiative. The organisations believe that with training, practical tools and
role models, teens will better understand how to make the right choices and
that their choices affect them and the organisations they join.

The programme uses hands-on
classroom activities and real-life applications designed to foster ethical
decision-making in students as they prepare to enter the workforce. Students
will learn to recognise, analyse and apply basic terminology, theories, and
concepts common to the study of ethics. They will explore their own ethical
values and philosophy, establish ethical priorities, recognize key ethical issues
and learn to evaluate their decision-making process.

Thanks to local sponsor Deloitte,
in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Junior Achievement organisation, the
programme will be offered in Cayman high schools in the coming school year.