Including the Six Pillars of Character in Your Company’s Ethics Code

An ethical code of conduct must arise naturally from the company’s stated values and should provide detailed guidance for handling ethical challenges.  General principles without specific provisions risk being perceived by employees as just window dressing and may breed cynicism rather than commitment. Though provisions must be specific and clear, an ethics code should cover a lot of ground.  The …

Ten Benefits of Having an Ethics Code

“The single measure that would most improve corporate governance is the establishment by senior management of an ethical business culture.” – 2003 survey of corporate directors and general counsel Companies should have ethics codes to promote ethical behavior – not to enhance productivity, profits or public relations.  Still, a sound, well-administered code can benefit a company and its stakeholders in …

Unethical Behavior Worsens Productivity

“Nobody . . . should have any doubts of the linkages between poor ethics in the workplace and low productivity . . . When workers don’t trust each other and their supervisors, then morale is low, stress is high and output is undermined.”  – Kenneth C. Frazier (2003 National Business Ethics Survey) Consider: Companies without a code of ethics do …