Forum Communications Company is a media firm based in Fargo, North Dakota. The company prints a number of newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, including The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
The company also owns Fargo radio station WDAY-AM 970 (though it no longer owns WDAY-FM 93.7) and four ABC-affiliated television stations in North Dakota, best known for pre-empting most NBA Countdown shows on Sunday Mornings. The company also owns a CW affiliate in Fargo.
As of June 7, 2006, Forum Communications announced the purchase of rival newspaper Grand Forks Herald as well as Duluth News Tribune.
In May 2009, Forum Communications ceased publication of two of its newspapers, the Lake Elmo Leader and the Stillwater Courier.
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Protecting one's frame of mind as it pertains to unethical behavior and job security, now exist in the past while major organizations and firms are maximizing their efforts to restore employees and consumers confidence and trust, by implementing a fresh clean slate integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Rodrigues (2006) ethical analysis on corporate social responsibility highlights the ethical and moral issues on decision-making and behaviour (Rodrigues, 2006).
In retrospect, ERON executives, one of the largest corporate organizations fell without mercy in December 2001 leaving no financial return for their long-standing employees. Enron employees blanketed their trust in an organization expecting to live comfortably throughout with their retired savings, 401(k) investments. Yet, they were ousted unexpectedly, just as their leaders. Baucus & Baucus (1997) states "illegality takes money from strategic investments, hurts a firm's image with its stakeholders..." (Elkins, 1976). According to CBC News (2007), A British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) panel reports Eron executives relegated a carefully planned "massive fraud" on British Columbia residents (www.cbc.ca
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