When working for large and sometimes small organizations, you are going to have to review and sign an ethics code eventually. Some people believe ethics codes are to punish wrong doers when in fact the code of ethics are put in place to protect employees and staff. The ethics code documents provides tools to know exactly what behavior is expected on your job. I find the code of business conduct more attractive because I am familiar with that information. We have a business code of conduct that is completed each year. The online course is a 2 hour class and the document to sign electronically is at the end of the course. Many times it is stressful because it describes everything that is accepted and not accepted. It puts you in the mind frame to do the right thing all the time.
Describe the message that the title “code of conduct” conveys? Does it reflect the purpose of the document to provide employee guidance on expected conduct?
The title code of conduct simply states the rules and regulations that are accepted by the organization. “The individuals designing the code should tailor it to reflect the organization’s unique culture, risks, and history” (Gonzalez-Padron, T., 2015).
Propose creative titles for ethics codes for a pharmaceutical company and a restaurant.
Pharmaceutical company creative titles:
• Pure, Healthy and Clean and products
• Trusted and approved by doctors and nurses
• Products safe for the environment
Restaurant creative titles:
• Clean atmosphere for kids and adults
• Eat happy and stay healthy
Identify two other company ethics documents and share the titles of their ethics documents:
Coke Cola – Ethics & Compliance. The core of the ethics and compliance program at The Coca-Cola Company is our Code of Business Conduct. The Code guides our business conduct, requiring honesty and integrity in all matters. All of our associates and directors are required to read and understand the Code and follow its precepts in the workplace and larger community.
First American Insurance – CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT
First American Financial Corporation (the “Company”) is committed to the promotion of compliance and ethical business conduct. The Code of Ethics and Conduct (the “Code”) is intended to guide the Company’s employees, officers and directors to support their efforts to comply with the laws and regulations that impact the Company’s business.
Gonzalez-Padron, T. (2015). Business ethics and social responsibility for managers [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/