Comparing codes of ethics among the top companies in Australia, Canada and the USA

Payan, Janice M., Svensson, Göran, Wood, Greg, Singh, Jang and Callaghan, Michael 2009, Comparing codes of ethics among the top companies in Australia, Canada and the USA, in AMS 2009 : Developments in marketing science : annual conference of the Academy of Marketing Science, Academy of Marketing Science, Coral Gables, Fla..

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Title Comparing codes of ethics among the top companies in Australia, Canada and the USA
Author(s) Payan, Janice M.
Svensson, Göran
Wood, Greg
Singh, Jang
Callaghan, Michael
Conference name Academy of Marketing Science. Conference (2009 : Baltimore, Maryland)
Conference location Baltimore, Maryland
Conference dates 20-23 May 2009
Title of proceedings AMS 2009 : Developments in marketing science : annual conference of the Academy of Marketing Science
Editor(s) Robinson, Leroy Jr.
Publication date 2009
Conference series Academy of Marketing Science Conference
Publisher Academy of Marketing Science
Place of publication Coral Gables, Fla.
Summary In the twentieth century, industrialized economies around the world enacted legislation to protect free and fair trade. These legislative initiatives were often precipitated by exposure to unethical business practices. With the fairly recent corporate business scandals around the world, ethics is once again at the forefront of concerns about commercial exchanges. This situation has become more complex with the globalization of commercial trade. Subsequently, there have been various attempts by international organizations to regulate the conduct of global corporations. One key technique to try to regulate the conduct of corporation is the use of codes of ethics. This study examines corporate codes of ethics and the measures in place to communicate the ethos of the codes to both internal and external stakeholders in three countries. A questionnaire that was non-sponsored and unsolicited was sent to the top companies operating in the private sector within Australia, Canada and the USA. Nine key areas of corporate ethics are examined and they are divided into two categories as follows:

Regulation
Consequences for a Breach
Ethical Perfonnance Appraisal
Conduct Ethical Audits

Staff Support

Support of Whistle blowers
Guide to Strategic Planning
Ethics Committee
Ethics Training Committee
Staff Training
Ethics Ombudsman.
ISBN 0939783290
Language eng
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2009, AMS
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