Modernizing a Code of Conduct: What to Consider Before Drafting

In an ideal universe, a company’s code of conduct serves as its constitution: an inspiring document that provides guidance to employees and highlights the company’s values. Yet, often codes are lengthy, rules-based tomes that serve more to bore company employees (if they read the code at all) than to motivate them. To combat this, many companies are revising and revitalizing their codes to make them more accessible and useful. The Anti-Corruption Report recently spoke with compliance professionals from a wide variety of companies as well as outside vendors about how, when and why to update a company’s code. See “Creating Engaging and Globally Relevant Ethics & Compliance Materials” (Oct. 18, 2017).

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