Business Ethics (Modified 2022)

Category: Objective Test, Report/Presentation

Type: Individual, Team

Grade Level: 9-12

Deadline/Testing: Case Study:16-Feb; Objective Test: March 1-18

Competitor Limit: 1 team of 1-3 members


(New 2021-22) The topic/case study relates to the ethics of community guidelines on social media.  Click here to access the full case study.

Event Guidelines

  • The Daniels Fund, in conjunction with a grant provided to MBA Research,
    is the sponsor of this event. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative provides
    principles-based ethics education to high school students and focuses on
    practical, real-world application of ethical principles as a basis for
    decision-making. Click here to learn about the Daniels Fund’s ethical
  • This event consists of three parts:
    1. an objective test (50 points),
    2. a prejudged case study summary (50 points),
    3. a presentation (100 points).

Objective Test

  • All team members will take one test collaboratively at the local school site.

Case Study Report

  • Competitors must research the topic/case, prepare a one-page summary
    prior to the conference, and be prepared to present their findings and solutions at the conference.
  • Competitors must interview three local business people as part of their
    research and explain how the interview findings factored into their
    recommendations. This information must be addressed in the one-page
  • Competitors must prepare reports. Advisers and others are not permitted to
    write reports.
  • Use the Format Guide and follow the guidelines for Academic Reports when
    preparing the report.
  • The identifying information on the first page of the report must include the
    names of all competitors on the first line, the name of the school and state
    on the second line, and the year (20XX-XX) on the third line.
  • The title for the report should be “Business Ethics Case Study Summary”.
  • Utilize the following side headings to summarize the case:
    • Why the Ethical Issue Happened
    • How the Ethical Issue Should be Resolved
    • What Could Have Prevented the Ethical Issue
  • Facts and data must be cited and secured from quality sources (peer review
    documents, legal documents, etc.).
  • A PDF of the Business Ethics Project must be submitted electronically.
  • Name file: BusinessEthics_chaptername_team_year.pdf

Final Round – Presentation

  • The top eight (8) teams from the objective test score (50 pts.) plus the case study score (50 pts.) will present their case to a panel of judges.
  • Teams have seven (7) minutes for their presentation.
  • All team members must actively participate in the presentation.
  • Teams are permitted to bring prepared notes.
  • Books, other bound materials, props, and equipment are prohibited.
  • One (1) member must introduce the team and describe the ethical situation.
  • Competitors must be prepared to present their findings and solutions.
  • A five (5) point deduction will be made for presentations over seven (7) minutes.


  • Ethical decision making is essential in the business world and the workplace. This team event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate the ability to present solutions to ethical situations encountered in the business world and the workplace.


Each local chapter may enter two teams of one (1) to three (3) members from Grades 9 through 12.


  • The objective test will be electronically graded.
  • Reports will be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if chapters have complied with event eligibility and regulations. A panel of judges will select the finalists before the State Leadership Conference by adding the objective test and report scores. (100 pts. total)
  • The top eight (8) teams with the highest score will advance to the presentation portion of the event.
  • The performance will be judged by a panel of judges. All judges’ decisions are final.
  • The objective test score will be used to determine the final rank in case of a tie.
  • The objective test score will determine places for teams not advancing to the performance portion of the event. Ties on the objective test will be broken based on time. All decisions are final.

Who Goes to Nationals?

The first-, second-, and third-place teams in this event will represent Nebraska in the Business Ethics event at the National Leadership Conference. Only one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior National Leadership Conference or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level in this event.