Santa Clara University

Programs in Business Ethics

At the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Business Ethics Partnership

Through the Business Ethics Partnership, companies in sectors from information technology to health care join together with distinguished academics and subject matter experts to explore questions, challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in managing their ethics and compliance programs.

Programs on Corporate Governance

In collaboration with Morrison & Foerster, Wilson Sonsini, and the Silicon Valley Director's Exchange, the Center offers regular programs of special interest to general counsels, corporate board members, and others responsible for corporate governance. An annual lecture by a justice of the Delaware Court explores recent decisions on governance from America’s most important source of corporate law.

Consulting and Public Speaking

Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson is a well-known commentator on business and organizational ethics. He regularly addresses groups in such industries as financial services, health care, and corporate affairs. Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet addresses and consults with leaders of organizations in the business and nonprofit sectors, including education. She focuses on the work of leadership to create ethical cultures and is a resource for firms and organizations developing ethical business practices and programs.

Web Resources

The Center's website offers a wealth of articles and videos on governance, creating an ethical culture, leadership, bribery and corruption, professional ethics, and global business ethics.


Kirk O. Hanson, Center executive director, is SCU's John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. He is one of the pioneers of the business ethics field and taught business ethics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 23 years.
Ann Skeet, director of leadership ethics, was formerly the CEO of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and vice president of marketing for the San Jose Mercury News.
James O'Toole, senior fellow in business ethics, was a Faculty member at University of Denver and USC and executive vice president of the Aspen Institute.
Patrick Coutermarsh, coordinator of the Business Ethics Program, was an Ethics Center Fellow.

Business Ethics Internship

The Business Ethics Internship, sponsored by the Markkula Center’s Business Ethics Program, places Santa Clara University undergraduate students in ethics and compliance positions at local corporations.