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Commitment to business ethics in UK organizations

Whyatt, Georgina, Wood, Greg and Callaghan, Michael 2012, Commitment to business ethics in UK organizations, European business review, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 331-350, doi: 10.1108/09555341211242141.

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Title Commitment to business ethics in UK organizations
Author(s) Whyatt, Georgina
Wood, Greg
Callaghan, MichaelORCID iD for Callaghan, Michael orcid.org/0000-0001-6601-4980
Journal name European business review
Volume number 24
Issue number 4
Start page 331
End page 350
Total pages 20
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication West Yorks, England
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 0955-534X
1758-7107
Keyword(s) United Kingdom
business ethics
commitment
private sector
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this research is to determine the commitment to business ethics in UK corporations. This study reports on the responses of those organizations that participated in the survey and possessed a code of ethics.

Design/methodology/approach – An unsolicited questionnaire was sent to the top 500 private sector organizations by market capitalization in the UK. A total of 92 companies responded, of which 56 possessed a code of ethics.

Findings – The empirical findings indicate that the processes involved in developing business ethics commitment have begun to be recognized and acted upon at an organizational level. The supporting measures of business ethics commitment appear to be under-utilized by many of these UK organizations. This suggests that many organizations have not so far developed a strong organizational commitment to embedding their codes of ethics into organizational practices.

Research limitations/implications – While the responses provided a rich picture of organizational actions, further research exploring internal culture and attitudes would add to an understanding of organizational commitment.

Practical implications – It is found that in order to influence practice, it is not enough to have the artefacts of an ethical culture, such as codes, without ensuring that all employees are assisted in understanding what is required of them.

Originality/value – Despite a history of business ethics research, there are a limited number of studies seeking to understand UK companies' commitment to ethical codes. The paper provides guidance on steps that organizations can take to develop a higher level of commitment.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/09555341211242141
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046806

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