Employees at all levels will need to know why ethics and integrity are important to their organisation, and why and how ethical conduct is relevant to their jobs.
Ethics training might also aim to raise the ethical sensitivity of staff so that they know when a decision they are faced with involves an ethical choice. It might provide them with the skills for working through a situation for which the right thing to do is unclear. Some companies provide training on specific ethics challenges viewed as a risk to the business such as Human Rights and Bribery and Corruption.
Consider embedding ethical challenges and standards into all training programmes in the organisation.
The core element of an ethics programme will be a Code of Ethics.
The process for drawing up a code of ethics is critical in maximising its effectiveness.
A communications strategy for the ethics programme aims to raise awareness of the organisation’s values.
Ethics training raises awareness around the code, what is acceptable business practice and where support can be found.
Additional tools and mechanisms to keep the code alive and support staff to apply ethical values to the work they do.
The board needs to establish a programme of assurance to understand whether the organisation is living up to its ethical values.