Leading-edge ethics education for the next generation of business leaders
The CU Denver Business School works hard to build an ethical foundation for our students by integrating robust ethics education into our entire curriculum and through diverse opportunities for students to explore ethical challenges in relevant, thoughtful, and impactful ways.
Our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with a strong sense of ethical responsibility and the tools needed to fill their lives and careers with integrity, honesty, and accountability.
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program offers many diverse opportunities for students to learn and apply ethics to their lives and future careers. Taking advantage these opportunities will help students build an impressive resume, express important values to future employers, and develop the tools needed to build lifelong personal and professional integrity.
Ethics OnSite sends students to companies around the U.S. to learn how they handle ethical issues. This spring, students spent time with high-level executives exploring ethical challenges and opportunities at VF Corporation, one of the largest clothing, apparel, and accessories companies in the world.
Ethical Leader of the Year
Every year, a team of Business School students evaluates a pool of nominees from the community and selects a local leader that demonstrates remarkable integrity and ethics in business. The 2021 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year is Kellye Gordon (shown on right with Dean Scott Dawson). Read the anouncement here.
The Collegiate Program Case Competition exposes students to a thought provoking business ethics case similar to a situation that they might face in their professional careers. Held annually in spring, student teams compete with teams from other Collegiate Program schools to analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges.
Faculty Ethics Fellows
The Ethics Fellowships are awarded to CU Denver Business School faculty who demonstrate excellence in academic activities related to applied business, professional and organizational ethics. Ethics Fellows are expected to make a substantial contribution to the objectives of the Collegiate Program and spread learning opportunities in ethical thought and decision making in their respective area of focus.
About the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program
Bill Daniels was a born entrepreneur, widely considered one of the great business visionaries of the twentieth century. Bill achieved phenomenal success by working hard, passionately following his instincts, acting with ethics and integrity, and treating everyone around him with respect and fairness. His word was known to be as solid as any contract. His brilliance in business was matched by his sincere compassion for people and the desire to help those in need. In many ways, Bill Daniels truly was, "larger than life".
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program drives the strengthening of principle-based ethics education throughout the Rocky Mountain region. The ultimate goal is to instill a high standard of ethics in our young people.
The CU Denver Business School is one of 12 schools from nine universities—including four schools from the CU System—with a combined impact on more than 450,000 students, faculty, and business people. Working together, the Collegiate Program schools leverage individual school achievements to further strengthen and expand ethics education in the region.
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program Schools
- Colorado Mesa University
- Colorado State University
- New Mexico State University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Colorado Law School
- University of Denver
- University of New Mexico
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Utah
- University of Wyoming
Bill Daniels: A man of compassion, ethics, and integrity
Bill Daniels believed integrity and unwavering ethical behavior provide "the ultimate business advantage".
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles
Act with honesty in all situations
Build trust in all stakeholder relationships
Accept responsibility for all decisions
Maintain open and truthful communications
Engage in fair competition and create equitable relationships
Honor the rights, freedoms, views, and property of others
Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders
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Collegiate Program Impact 2019-2020
Business leaders impacted