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ethics audit tells management what is
the actual corporate culture.
An ethics audit by an outside expert ethics consultant is the best way for
an organization to assess its business culture, its strength and weaknesses, and the company's
available resources within itself for regeneration or new growth.
Management uses that knowledge to move the company upward.
Ignorance isn't bliss.
Luck isn't an ethics culture.
A committed executive demands an independent outside financial auditor. Likewise a committed
executive demands an
independent ethics auditor.
You want an effective business ethics culture in your company.
Executives and employees that make ethical business decisions. An ethics
compliance system that works. Employees trained with practical knowledge and
given tools to provide superior performance. Do
you want to actually know how close you are to those goals?
An outside expert is the only way to objectively assess the ethics world in
which your corporate employees and officers think they live. Only when
officers have an objective assessment can executives make the decisions to move
the company as it needs to be moved.
Corporate management needs knowledge. The ethics culture of a company
involves the relationship among (1) responsible corporate behavior, (2) corporate
profitability and (3) litigation risk. These relationships are built on internal
corporate cultural processes for the treatment of
customers, community, employees, and suppliers. The ethical culture of a
company preserves, protects, and advances the company. Management needs to
know the company's actual cultural world, its values, and its relationship
|"Most people do what they
think is right, considering the world they think they live in."
Marvin Brown, The
Ethical Process p.14 (2nd ed.)
What is your company's ethics world?
An ethics audit shows the corporate world in
which your employees live.
A special word on the need for experts with
prestige doing your ethics audit.
are a corporate general counsel, you may want assurance
that the company ethics culture will pass muster if the government ever
considers possible administrative or criminal charges. To pass the
federal gaze, the company and its top management must have
implemented what the government prosecutor and judge call effective measures.
That means meeting the standards of the Federal
Sentencing Guidelines. Certainly, using an outside consultant for an
ethics audit will allow
you (company and corporate counsel) to say you have been fulfilling the mandate of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
to monitor the effectiveness of the company's ethics compliance program.
In choosing your outside consultant
organization you may want to consider experts that have prestige and reputation.
It's good government and public relations to do so.
is a corporate ethics round table group which provides
high credibility, recognized experts (PhD and JD
quality) for corporate ethics audits.
Talk to us; you may have found, right now, an impressive group of experts
available for the task.
An audit by the experts (PhD and JD level)
objective. If there are specific issues for management attention, we will not
only identify them, but also
suggest remedial approaches for you to consider.
Normally, we start a discussion of an audit you want done by having short confidential interviews with
one or two key top
executives. This input lets us advise you on the suggested scope of
assessment. and the departments, geographical units, or functional areas to be
included in the assessment. The specific process, timetable, and budget
can then be decided.
After we get the go-ahead from you, we'll get the ethics audit done, with the
appropriate surveys and other methodology. What we do is only used if
appropriate for your company, and only after the methodology is discussed with
high level executives.