Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics

Our CPLE initiative is the only program across the country that offers undergraduate business students an integrated and sustained program of study into the relationship between leadership and ethics. It contributes to a student's preparation for a career in business by providing hands-on experience into the complex nature of ethical leadership in today's business environment. The CPLE is designed to strengthen the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program. Thus, students pursuing the CPLE must also be enrolled within the College of Business Administration.

The CPLE curriculum is based on the belief that students ought to experience meaningful and experience-based exposure to ethics and leadership in different organizational settings. It is also based on the assumption that an emphasis on leadership, without proper consideration of ethics, will not generate leaders who approach their roles with a sense of responsibility and accountability. By the same token, an emphasis on ethics, without proper consideration of leadership, will not produce leaders with the necessary tools to develop and implement their vision and understanding of ethics. Thus, leadership and ethics must be considered together.

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Each year, the Global CSR Project is an exciting oppurtunity in the CPLE curriculum for a small group of select students. They will travel abroad, accompanied by a mentoring faculty or staff member, to complete strategic business analysis or consulting project with consideration for corporate social responsibility.

Watch this video about the students' experience!



The 2014 trip abroad took place in Paris, with much of it focused on contemporary issues of sustainability as they relate to water. The students visited corporate sites, interacting with the director of global CSR at L’Oreal’s Paris headquarters and receiving a tour of the FedEx Roissy-CDG hub.

Additionally, the students met with two leading scholars in water research to discuss practical issues in conservation management. Students and a faculty member toured Paris’s famed sewer system, which dates back to the 14th century and has been modified again and again as the city expanded. The exploration of water issues even related to socially responsible investments as the group met with three Katz alumni at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Paris. Lastly, they met with a small business owner (also an alumnus of Katz) who focuses on the development of pro-social organizational cultures around socially responsible businesses.

Check out this video showing the students' trip!