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Communicating the ethos of codes of ethics in corporate Australia, 1995-2001: whose rights, whose responsibilities?

Wood, Greg and Callaghan, Michael 2003, Communicating the ethos of codes of ethics in corporate Australia, 1995-2001: whose rights, whose responsibilities?, Employee responsibilities and rights journal, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 209-221.

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Title Communicating the ethos of codes of ethics in corporate Australia, 1995-2001: whose rights, whose responsibilities?
Author(s) Wood, Greg
Callaghan, Michael
Journal name Employee responsibilities and rights journal
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 209
End page 221
Publisher Plenum Press
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2003-12
ISSN 0892-7545
1573-3378
Keyword(s) ethics
codes of ethics
ethics education
whistleblowers
longitudinal study
Summary This paper considers the commitment to business ethics of the top 500 companies operating in the Australian private sector and communicates the results of a longitudinal study conducted from 1995 to 2001. Primary data was obtained (in 1995 and again in 2001) via a self-administered mail  questionnaire distributed to a census of these top 500 Australian  companies. This commitment of each company to their code of ethics was indicated and measured via a range of methods used by organizations to communicate the ethos of their codes to employees. Just as they were in  1995, it would appear that companies in 2001 still are good at ensuring that their rights are protected, but at the same time they do not seem to take on the responsibility to ensure that employees'' rights are just as well protected. This double standard leads to cynicism towards the current business ethics processes inherent in Australian companies.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Plenum Publishing Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002120

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