Creating a Code of Ethics for Your Organization

by Chris MacDonald, Ph.D.


First of all, Why Have a Code of Ethics?

Next, Some general guidance on writing a code of ethics.

A more formal how-to: "Considerations for Writing a Code of Ethics"

Bibliography of articles available in print on the topic of codes of ethics.

Take a Codes of Ethics Survey


Essays & Speeches On-Line:


Sample Codes of Ethics:


Books / Manuals (in association with

Global Codes of Conduct: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (The John W. Houck Notre Dame Series in Business Ethics), by Oliver F. Williams (Editor)   cover Eighty Exemplary Ethics Statements, by Patrick E. Murphy (Editor). University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.
cover The Mission Statement Book: 301 Corporate Mission Statements from America's Top Companies, by Jeffrey Abrahams. Ten Speed Press, 1995.   cover Say It & Live It: 50 Corporate Mission Statements That Hit the Mark, by Patricia Jones, Larry Kahaner. Currency/Doubleday, 1995.
cover Creating a Mission That Makes a Difference (Carverguide, 6) by John Carver (1996)   cover Organizational Vision, Values and Mission, by Cynthia D. Scott, Glenn Tobr, Dennis Jaffe. Crisp Publications, 1994.

The Code of the Executive: Forty-Seven Ancient Samurai Principles Essential for Twenty-First Century Leadership Success, by Don Schmincke (Plume, 2000)  

Creating Mission Statements For Smaller Groups -- A Mission Statement That Clarifies Vision, Values, and Goals Can Improve Teamwork [DOWNLOAD: PDF] by Beverly Goldberg

Creating a Workable Company Code of Ethics, (Ethics Resource Center, 1990)   Writing a Museum Code of Ethics, (American Association of Museums, 1993)
Developing and Enforcing a Code of Business Ethics, by Gary Ward   Codes of Professional Responsibility: Ethics Standards in Business, Health, and Law (4th Ed), by Rena A. Gorlin (Editor). Bureau of National Affairs, 1999.
Codes of Professional Ethics. Published by Amnesty International U.S.A., 1984.   Implementation and Enforcement Codes of Ethics in Corporations and Associations (Opinion Research Corporation Study, No 65334), by Opinion Research Corporation Staff. Ethics Resource Center, 1980.
Resolving Workplace Conflict by Customizing the Golden Rule, written by Rochelle Sjolseth.      

For more books on ethics, look to The EthicsWeb Bookstore.


For additional resources, see also:

For commentary on recent news stories related to business ethics, see The Business Ethics Blog.


See also "Writing a Conflict of Interest Policy."



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