Organisations are urged to make improvements
to their ethical cultures a priority because focussing on ethics isn't
just about doing the right thing or being seen to do the right thing.
It is a fundamental aspect of good management practices.
Ethics in the workplace is no longer considered
merely as window dressing. Nor can ethics be dismissed as another barrier
to efficiency given that emphasising ethics has been found to increase
an organisation's effectiveness. What then are those organisational
factors which need to be considered when thinking about the ethical
health of your organisation? Many factors affect the ethical tone of
organisations. Some managers may believe that their organisation is
already on the ethical high road and does not require improvement. Remember,
however, that even positive aspects of an organisation's culture can
diminish if they are not nurtured. So a positive ethical culture still
requires attention and reinforcement. (ICAC, 1999, p.6)
The participant guide covers the following