By Steven R. Barth, Aspatore Books Staff
By no means has moral company behavior obtained as a lot awareness and concentration because it does at the moment, within the wake of the far-reaching monetary and societal results of the dramatic collapses that experience thundered via company the USA. no matter if your organization is deepest, publicly-held, works with the govt - both contractually or via direct law - the institution, conversation and enforcement of a finished set of moral principles for company behavior inside of your company is key for undertaking enterprise now, and into the longer term. As company tradition is ever evolving, a pattern that may simply speed up sooner or later, and as ethics performs a imperative function in lots of judgements that staff make, it really is now extra very important than ever to enforce a company code of behavior in your staff. one of these code will serve to set forth vital flooring principles, permitting staff to react responsibly to either criminal and moral dilemmas in a constant demeanour, all through a firm. Written by way of major privateness attorney Steven Barth of Foley & Lardner, this booklet can help you to set up a suite of finished and enforceable company-wide enterprise behavioral principles that would govern such judgements to your staff. a company tradition, generated lower than this moral scope, will preserve your company's imaginative and prescient in accordance with the legislation or even restrict your legal responsibility publicity, may still a moral lapse ensue. Use this e-book to set up basic principles and criteria in your staff to function a roadmap for navigating the criminal, moral and ethical dilemmas they face each day, within the usual process accomplishing company. The booklet additionally comprises the codes of behavior from Coca-Cola (as an exemplary version) and from Enron (as a negative model).
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Previous Relationships of Employees with Customers Your employees who have been previously employed by a customer of your company should be required by your code to alert a designated company official to this fact. This will ensure that the employee's dealings with this customer are permissible under applicable rules and regulations and your customer's code of conduct. Your code should prohibit your employees' use of confidential or proprietary information of your customer to your customer's disadvantage.
A good rule of thumb for your code to consider is that if the travel is for legitimate company business, your company should pay; if not, your employee should decline the invitation. But, in connection with a business trip, if an offer is received to stay with a friend who also happens to be a business counterpart, your code may provide that the offer may be accepted when to refuse to do so would appear discourteous, and the offer could not reasonably be considered to be made to influence your employee's business judgment.
But, your code of conduct should make it clear that company-provided access to electronic media, equipment, and services (for instance, an Internet account) are your company's property, and their purpose is to facilitate your company's business. Because of the rapidly changing nature of electronic media, and because "netiquette" is developing and evolving on an ongoing basis among users of external online services and the Internet, it may be difficult for your company's code of conduct to cover every situation applicable to your business and your electronic media systems and equipment.