A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the social norms, religious rules and responsibilities of, and or proper practices for, an individual. In its 2007 International Good Practice Guidance, "Defining and Developing an Effective Code of Conduct for Organizations", the International Federation of Accountants[better source needed] provided the following working definition:
- "Principles, values, standards, or rules of behaviour that guide the decisions, procedures and systems of an organization in a way that (a) contributes to the welfare of its key stakeholders, and (b) respects the rights of all constituents affected by its operations."
A company code of conduct is a common code of conduct written for employees of a company, which protects the business and informs the employees of the company's expectations. It is ideal for even the smallest of companies to form a document containing important information on expectations for employees. The document does not need to be complex or have elaborate policies, but the file needs a simple basis of what the company expects from each employee.
A code of conduct can be an important part in establishing an inclusive culture, but it is not a comprehensive solution on its own. An ethical culture is created by the organization's leaders who manifest their ethics in their attitudes and behavior. Studies of codes of conduct in the private sector show that their effective implementation must be part of a learning process that requires training, consistent enforcement, and continuous measurement/improvement. Simply requiring members to read the code is not enough to ensure that they understand it and will remember its contents.
The proof of effectiveness is when employees/members feel comfortable enough to voice concerns and believe that the organization will respond with appropriate action.
- Banking Code
- Coca-Cola Code of Conduct
- Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief
- Code of Hammurabi
- Code of Merit
- Code of the United States Fighting Force
- Contributor Covenant
- Declaration of Geneva
- Declaration of Helsinki
- Don't be evil
- Eight Precepts
- Ethic of reciprocity (Golden Rule)
- Five Pillars of Islam
- Geneva convention
- Hippocratic Oath
- ICC Cricket Code of Conduct
- International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (ICOC or Hague Code of Conduct)
- Israel Defense Forces - Code of Conduct
- Journalist's Creed
- Moral Code of the Builder of Communism
- People In Aid Code of Good Practice
- Pirate code of the Brethren
- Psychiatrists' Ethics - Madrid Declaration on Ethical Standards for Psychiatric Practice
- Psychologists' Code of Conduct
- Recurse Center "Social Rules"
- Rule of St. Benedict
- Software Engineers Code of Conduct
- Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Code of Conduct 2011 (for solicitors in the UK)
- Ten Commandments
- Ten Indian commandments
- Ten Precepts (Taoism)
- Uniform Code of Military Justice
- Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
- Warrior code
- Election Commission of India's Model Code of Conduct
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