Running head: Code of Ethics Design Paper
Code of Ethics Design Paper
Robyn L. Davis
Grand Canyon University
General Overview of Organizational Ethics Policies
Organizations must follow some rules and regulations in everything they do. Rules and regulations ensure that employees are working jointly to achieve organizational goals. Ideally, organizations should have its own set of rules and regulations which must be followed by all members of the organization. Code of Ethics is the rules and regulations used to address the values of an organization and how they reflect the values of the larger society (Navran, 2002). A code of ethics is a guide referencing conduct and behavior by an organization. Codes serve as a reference that addresses company policy, standards, and ethical beliefs. In an effort to prevent misguided conduct and to ensure integrity among professionals, codes are made available to the public. Regardless of the organization or governing body, codes are also the primary vehicle for articulating how the core values and principles of the organization will function (Navran, 2002).
To shape organizations effort in creating an ethical environment, according to Wikipedia (2011), there are at least four elements which exist that make organizations conducive to ethical behavior. The four elements necessary to quantify an organizations ethics are 1) written code of ethics and standards; 2) ethics training to executives, managers, and employees; 3) availability for advice on ethical situations; and 4) systems for confidential reporting. A code of ethics and ethical values are important elements of internal control processes of organizations (Navran & Pittman, 2003). However, having such a code in place is not a guarantee against misconduct within an organization. In general, people are capable of finding ways to corrupt the code’s specified intentions. Navran and Pittman (2003) suggest continual...