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Creating and implementing an ethics policy

When creating and implementing an ethics policy, it is important to spend quality time thinking about ethics and considering the issues from a number of different perspectives. This eBook provides a framework and guides readers through the process of formulating, writing and implementing the optimal ethics policy for their organisation.

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Creating and implementing an ethics policy

Mark Wearden
ICSA Publishing Ltd, 2014

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1. What does 'ethics' mean to you and to your organisation?

Chapter 1 considers the context and concept of ethics and how to align a range of differing individual perspectives with the requirements of an organisation.

2. A code of ethics

Chapter 2 explores the different types of approach that can be used to produce a code and considers both the language that needs to be used and its intended and potential impact.

3. Designing and writing a policy for your organisation

Chapter 3 contains a practical systems-based approach to compiling a policy. It is designed to take the reader through a series of thought processes, defining core ethical concepts and their inter-relationship.

4. Implementation, control and audit

Chapter 4 suggests a practical method for the launch of a code.

5. Aligning the culture, the intent and the perception

Chapter 5 discusses how to ensure the code is a living document which effectively infiltrates organisational behaviour.

Appendix A: Corporate ethics policies to view for comparison

Appendix B: Further resources

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