Codes of Ethics: What Are They Really and What Should They Be?

  • Greg Wood
  • Malcolm Rimmer


Codes of ethics are prevalent in major corporations around the world. They are seen as the first tangible commitment to being ethical. This paper examines codes of ethics and tries to establish what they are, how they are developed and their net utility. We then proffer the idea of codes as the first part of a five-stage process that leads to an overall corporate commitment to being ethical in one's business dealings.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg Wood
    • 1
  • Malcolm Rimmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Bowater School of Management and MarketingDeakin UniversityWarrnamboolAustralia

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