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Designing Ethical Workplaces by Donald D. Dunn

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CHAPTER 5

Accountability Through Making Ethical Decisions

This book has discussed two parts of an effective corporate ethical management system (CEMS). Context was important in order to explain to organizational stakeholders why the company chose to be ethical. Role modeling at both the top-tier and peer-to-peer levels was a critical part of an effective CEMS as all employees lived out company morality in company-chosen values, behaviors, and ethical leader (EL) attributes, specifically in a succinct, salient, and memorable mnemonic device called the code of ethics (COE). Now, the third critical piece of an effective CEMS grabs our attention—accountability.

Any organization can create a system of ethical components or tools that include context ...

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