The Portfolio Project requires you to write a memorandum to a decision-maker, such as the president of the United States, a member of Congress, a chairperson of the SEC, or a state Governor, on how to reform corporate ethics in American business today. As we have seen, legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley has received considerable media attention, but has not prevented significant catastrophes such as the global economic meltdown of 2008. You should be prepared to propose policies that might help to ameliorate or to prevent corporate ethics lapses that might occur in the future. You have the freedom to select any policy avenues that you think might help to strengthen and fortify corporate ethics. Your memo should do the following:
•Set forth why your chosen policy pathway is important
•Compare it to and contrast it with the policy it replaces
•Articulate your ideas on how to remedy the issue of corporate malfeasance
•Proffer some recommendations to the decision-maker about how to improve overall corporate governance
Please note that your prescription for change is not nearly as important as your ability to forecast potential challenges to the corporate boardroom and to predict possible ways the government could intervene to assist not only solid corporate governance, but also the interests of individual shareholders. It is recommended that you suggest at least two methods and/or policy proposals that critically address the public policy concern. Bring in facts and other data to support the policy issue addressed and make sure each fact is cited to the relevant authority. Demonstrate critical thinking by analyzing, evaluating and interpreting appropriate policy to provide original perspectives to enhance corporate legal and ethical environs.
You are expected to convey complex ideas in a clear, concise and organized fashion, using the required and recommended readings from the course for analytical support. Although you are encouraged to cite from your textbook, you are required to cite a minimum of four scholarly sources beyond the textbook to support your statements.