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Designing Ethical Workplaces by Donald D. Dunn

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CHAPTER 4

Role Modeling the Company Code of Ethics

As already discussed, it is critical for top-tier leaders and peer-to-peer coworkers to role model the company code of ethics (COE). Role modeling is the most critical component of the corporate ethical management system (CEMS), and the COE is the organization’s most critical document to role model by all organizational personnel.

The COE is the organization’s living and breathing corporate morality. Morals are standards of right and wrong; the COE is a company’s standards of right and wrong or workplace morality. Organizations today are diverse with employees of varied ethnicity, culture, gender, values, and beliefs. To unify these diverse cultural belief systems, an agreed-upon COE becomes ...

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