Our study of nearly 100 publicly-available Codes using an objective and standardized framework made one thing clear: a leading Code inspires principled performance, guides employees in how to live the organization's values, and enables them to be aware of risks and make ethical decisions.
But, HOW do the best companies ensure that their E&C training and communications efforts result in improved ethical workplace behavior and values-based behavior?
In high-impact programs, the C-Suite understands the compliance risks facing the organization and supports mitigation measures. The most effective CEO messages set out the purpose and values of the organization and align them to the Code.
Codes of Conduct are created as a resource to help mitigate risk through raising awareness, providing behavioral guidance, and enabling ethical decision making. Optimized Codes are 2.3x stronger in providing business rationale.