Communicating the Ethos of Codes of Ethics in Corporate Australia, 1995–2001: Whose Rights, Whose Responsibilities?

TitleCommunicating the Ethos of Codes of Ethics in Corporate Australia, 1995–2001: Whose Rights, Whose Responsibilities?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWood, G, Callaghan, M
JournalEmployee Responsibilities and Rights Journal
Volume15
Issue4
Pagination209 - 221
Date Published12/2003
PublisherSpringer
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number 0892-7545
AbstractThis 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. By sending out a self-administered mail questionnaire to the top 500 Australian companies the authors sought to measure the commitment of each company to their code of ethics, and measured it via a range of methods used by organizations to communicate the ethos of their codes to employees. The authors found that companies in 2001 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.
DOI10.1023/B:ERRJ.0000004059.84329.dd
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