This course is dedicated to the financial services professional in general and to the insurance profession, specifically. Legislators and regulators have attempted to take the task of the philosopher to make what is already complex and create confusion with penalties! To tell someone to make ethical decisions is like telling him or her to be happier, healthier, and slimmer. It's not much help to merely repeat the objective; what is needed is a plan for achieving the objective. Living an ethical life personally and professionally could use a simplified discussion so that the essential elements of ethical decision-making are transparent and productive. That is the journey this course takes. We dissect the term 'ethical'. Then, we identify the component players in business, the players who have potentially conflicting objectives. As we review the parts that these players play and their objectives, we find both potential for conflict and potential for convergence of goals. Then, we review recent history in the insurance industry which has caused the increased emphasis on identifying ethical behavior and potential ethical violations. Just before finishing, we review recent legislative and regulatory efforts to encourage ethical behavior. Then, we put it all together.
- Module 1 - Ethics: Historically and Generally
- Module 2 - Philosophies and Rules
- Module 3 - Refining the term 'Ethical'
- Module 4 - Identifying the Parties in the Dilemma
- Module 5 - Identifying the Issues in the Dilemma
- Module 6 - The Current State of Ethics in the Insurance Industry
- Module 7 - The Legal Response
- Module 8 - Let's Put it Together!