The Unethical and Illegal actions of Enron.

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On October 21, 2001, one of the largest energy companies in the world

filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after restating their earnings report for the past

two calendar years. Enron, the energy conglomerate had to restate its earnings

because of severely inaccurate book keeping of nine billion dollars.

Clearly, the U.S economy had heroic success during the mid to late

90's. More specifically, the economy had grown because of the influx of the modern

technology, extremely low unemployment, and consumers spreading their wealth

into long-term investments via the stock market. Many of those investors enjoyed

rapid returns on investments; meanwhile Enron had been deceitfully taken their

investors money and lining their personal bank accounts and increasing personal

wealth to enormous heights. During this research, it was very clear that the

corporate CEO's and CFO's had in fact reported fictitious earning reports. This

paper will cover the following: (1) Unethical climate at Enron (2) Definition of Law,

its purpose, and the specific illegal activities of the Enron Corporation and

associates. Let us first delve into the meaning of ethics and look at what

expert in business ethics, Linda Trevino has to say about corporate ethics.

In her book, Managing Business Ethics, Linda K. Trevino discusses

the issue of ethics and her definition states, " It is the role of every CEO to ensure

sound ethical practices are enforced from the top down. Ethics are behaviors and

guidelines for employee's actions. It is a moral guide for conducting and engaging in

day-to-day business. In a sense, it is doing what is right. The leaders must

demonstrate to all employees what ethics is all about in the business environment"

(p.189). This statement has lasting implications and is the foundation upon which

many businesses operate. However, in the aftermath of the recent...