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Chrm Message From: Sophiya Total Posts: 33 Join Date: 18/10/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 15/03/2008 23:22:27 Points: 165 Location: United States


 I was wondering if anybody is/was involved in a company  that has an active ethics program. And can share with  me the processes, requirements etc of such a program. 
I know it's compulsory for public limited companies in  the US and in Canada... 
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations specify that a specific, high-level individual should  be responsible for ethical behaviour. 
I am not too sure about how this works in the UK and in  India. 
Eg. How many ethics officers per 100 employees? How is  an ethics audit done typically? How often? Etc. 
Thank you so much. 


Chrm Message From: tesmian Total Posts: 63 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 15/03/2008 23:23:56 Points: 315 Location: United States

Dear sophiya,

I do not think any organization in India is seriously involved in any such effort.I have been invoved with an American MNC-India operation- to make a psychological test to measure ethical inclination of their managers and for their selection purposes. And that is all I know of.


Chrm Message From: aishwaryaroy Total Posts: 46 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 15/03/2008 23:25:19 Points: 230 Location: United States

Dear Sophiya,

All TATA group companies have Ethics Program and give importance to Corporate Governance. There is an Ethics Officer who is appointed to deal with all issues related to this.

During the induction itself, the new joinees are oriented that ethics play a vital role in the organisation and violating the same would lead to termination of job.

Warm Regards


Chrm Message From: rajasekar Total Posts: 57 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 15/03/2008 23:26:17 Points: 285 Location: United States

Dear All,

I think Wipro has something of this sort. They call it Corporate Ombudsman. I read an article about them in this context sometime last year in a magazine called IT People.

Suggest you check with them on this.

Chrm Message From: rajasekar Total Posts: 57 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 15/03/2008 23:26:51 Points: 285 Location: United States

Again, I would like to state that in Public Sector Organisations there are Vigilance Departments which also take care of this aspect. Moreover, the Officers of PSUs are boung by a code of conduct in the form of Conduct, Discipline and Appeal Rules wherein this topic is covered to a large extent.

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