BBB to host ethics programWritten by Evan Brune | | email@example.com
The Toledo Better Business Bureau (BBB) Center for Character Ethics will host the “In Pursuit of Ethics” program at 8 a.m. June 14 at the BBB Conference Center on King’s Pointe Road.
“We’ve offered the program for several years,” said Dick Eppstein, president of BBB of Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
The program, created and filmed in the Toledo area, is an accredited ethics training seminar that has seen use throughout more than 40 Better Business Bureaus throughout the country. According to Marilyn Levine, BBB Center for Character Ethics foundation director, this is the first time that a BBB ethics event of this scale will be offered in Toledo.
“We wanted to let people in our own community know about this,” Levine said. “We want to embrace the Toledo and Northwest Ohio area. We’re very proud of the fact that this is a local program.”
Levine said the program itself is broken up into modules. Originally, there were five modules that focused on ethics in banking, insurance, auto repair, remodeling and retail. As the program developed, an additional module was added to include schools. Now the center is filming its seventh module, which will focus on bullying.
“A lot of people are concerned about the erosion of ethics,” Eppstein said. “This isn’t necessarily a business-related program.”
Eppstein said he hopes that hosting a conference in the Toledo area will raise awareness for the program.
“I think awareness is the most important thing,” Eppstein said. “A lot of places don’t know they could call the Better Business Bureau and have the program available at any office, any school [or] any government agency.”
Eppstein and Levine expressed concern over the loss of ethics, especially in businesses and schools.
“Everywhere you turn, every aspect of society, you see an erosion of ethical standards,” Eppstein said. “You don’t see the same kind of immediate demand for ethical behavior anymore. We’re always immersed in news of unethical conduct, and we could use a refresher.”
“[Ethics] is not really being taught in school anymore. We felt like it should be something the BBB should be doing for the community,” Levine said.
Eppstein said things began to change around the 1960s, when people began to develop more of a focus on themselves rather than the people around them.
“Before, there was right and there was wrong, and you [did] right things not wrong things. Things are not relative,” Eppstein said. “There is a need to go back to some of that.”
Levine said the program takes effort on the part of participants for them to see results.
“I don’t have magic dust. I won’t make you magically ethical. You just have to think about who you affect,” Levine said. “That’s what we’re hoping, is that people become more aware about this. That’s what we’re trying to do with the program.”
Levine said the program is available to anyone who would like to attend.
“We had focused on community leaders, but anyone can come,” Levine said. “Just let us know.”
Those interested can RSVP by June 7 at (419) 578-6000 ext. 103 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.