Building an Ethics Culture


Brian Friedrich FCPA and Laura Friedrich FCPA


Conversations in the Boardroom and in the Hallways

Brian Friedrich, LL.M, MEd, C.Dir, FCPA, FCGA
Laura Friedrich, MSc, FCPA, FCGA

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Organizations with strong ethics-based cultures are significantly less prone to misconduct. Driving the right culture is part of our professional responsibility, and is key to organizational success, but culture can be elusive and dynamic. In this course, we’ll explore promoting culture through examining typical conversations that go on at the board table and in day-to-day operations throughout the organization. 

We’ll also hear thoughts on building and maintaining an ethics-based culture from respected colleagues and experts in the field. 

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Chapter 1
Module 1: Evaluate how demonstrating a genuine commitment to the tone at the top is a key driver of ethical culture in organizations.
Module 2: Challenge the idea that healthy alignment means total agreement among the leadership team.
Module 3: Explain different types of diversity and support the business case for diversity on boards and in senior management.
Module 4: Explain the systems that senior leadership must establish in order to develop and support an ethics-based culture in the organization that aligns with the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
Module 5: Explain the importance of accountability for decision-making in an ethics context and determine appropriate qualitative and quantitative metrics to monitor culture.

Chapter 2
Module 6: Illustrate how the “mood in the middle” amplifies the “tone at the top” and explain how employees at all levels of the organization can reframe situations to present a more compelling argument for ethical decision-making. 
Module 7: Compare and contrast diversity and inclusion and illustrate how organizations can thrive by achieving an inclusive culture.
Module 8: Outline how middle managers can use the tools available to them to foster and develop an ethics-based culture within their teams.
Module 9 and 10: Apply the experience of colleagues to your own role as an ethical leader.


Thanks to the following experts for participating in this course:

Patricia Harned Ph.D, CEO, Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Vivian Li, CPA, CA, CIA, Internal Auditor, PGT BC

Serge Massad, Investment Advisor, National Bank Financial

Richard Rennie, CPA, CA, CFO and Executive Director, PGT BC

Catherine Romanko, MA, LLB, Public Guardian and Trustee, PGT BC

David Ross, FCPA, FCA, Chair of CPA Canada's Unified Rules Standing Committee

Joy Thomas, MBA, C.Dir, FCPA, FCMA, CEO, CPA Canada


This activity, ID No. 392131, has been approved for 2.50 Business recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at


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