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S2 Ethics Strategies works with agencies to design and implement policies and practices that support a culture of values-based decision-making and action.


Organizational culture determines how team members make decisions, interact with each other and those the organization serves.

This includes helping organizations with such issues as:

  • Developing and implementing an impactful values statement;

  • Identifying opportunities for leaders to both walk and talk the organization’s values;

  • Establishing human resource strategies to hire for ethics;

  • Producing organization-specific onboarding materials highlighting the organization’s commitment to its values and ethical behavior;

  • Conducting assessment processes to gauge staff’s perceptions of the organization’s ethical culture and communications channels for expressing concerns;

  • Exploring mechanisms to promote civility in public discourse and campaigns; 

  • Developing options for enabling employees to voice concerns up the chain of command; and

  • Tailoring materials to support intra-organization discussions related to values and ethics.

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At USC Price School Leadership Program for Local Elected Officials

The science of behavioral ethics informs our learning activity design. That science explores why human beings make the decisions that they do. We start with the thesis that people want to stay true to their values. However, situational factors, social pressures and decision-making shortcuts often complicate the process.

Our interactive and engaging sessions build on the experiences and insights of the people participating. Case study discussions often feature prominently. We tailor content to those participating (elected officials, board members, management teams and specific work units, such as human resources or finance).


Interested in building your organization’s capacity to do ethics training using our tripartite framework based on the science of behavioral ethics? We do “train the trainer” sessions as well.

Although we are mindful of the laws that promote public trust and confidence in nonprofit agencies, we believe that the laws create minimum standards for behavior. Our learning activities focus on going beyond such minimums.

Learn how our training might support your agency's approach to complying with California's ethics education (AB 1234) requirements

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