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Designing Ethical Workplaces by Donald D. Dunn

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CHAPTER 6

Accountability Through Communicating Company Ethics

As critical as are the code of ethics (COE) and the decision-making ladder (DML) tools to hold the company accountable for ethical decisions, ultimately it is the communication of company ethics that is the chief accountability tool to assure compliance with organizational values. In my organizational research of companies in diverse industries, with global and local operations, both for- and not-for-profit, communication of ethics was one of the top components that emerged for the corporate ethical management system (CEMS) (Dunn 2013).1 Thomas, Zolin, and Hartman (2009) believed that the quality and quantity of organizational communication had significant impact on organizational ...

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