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What is the proper way to roll-out an ethics program?

 

In my experience - Ethics policies are tucked within a company’s code of conduct.  Prior to year-end every employee is required to go on-line and review the policy and click on a little button on the bottom that states, “Accept.”  Employees open the training material and go right to the last page and press accept.

With a process as the one just described, it is very hard to develop a culture of Ethics and Accountability.

What best practices have worked for you?  Please base your answer on experience only.

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Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

Regis, developing culture of ethics requires a multipronged approach. Yes testing their knowledge of the company's ethics policy is one of the prongs, another is incorporating these codes of conduct into performance evaluation systems as "behaviors" that is required to successfully carry their responsibilities, another is to "recognize" these behaviors and present "role model" examples for other employees to follow, incorporate the ethics into vision, mission, and value statements of the company. It has to be well integrated into how the organization operates for it to become part of the culture. Hope this helps.

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