A code of conduct sets out the rules, values, ethics, principles and mission of a business. It is a wide-ranging framework of ethical conduct that provides staff with clear expectations of the standards that employees have a duty to uphold. This protects the business and notifies its employees of how they are to represent the business.
We recommend obtaining legal advice when creating a code of conduct for your business.
Is it important to have one?
Depending on your business, you may or may not be legally required to have a code of conduct for your business. However, we recommend having a code of conduct for your business even if you’re not legally required.
A code of conduct verbalises the values that the business aims to cultivate in its leaders and employees, by defining desired behaviours. The code of conduct provides a benchmark against which the business’ or employees performance can be evaluated. It is also an important legal tool to mitigate against any adverse legal actions.
Aspects that may be included:
Compliance with legislation;
The values of the business and its commitment to high standards;
Behaving honestly and with integrity;
Performing tasks with care and diligence;
Commitment to the organisation and complying with the job description;
Abiding by the business’ policies and procedures;
Acting with respect and courtesy;
Anti-bullying and harassment;
Fulfilling lawful and reasonable requests by superiors;
Behaving ethically in the workplace;
Complying with confidentiality and privacy policies;
Avoiding and/or disclosing conflicts of interest;
Using business property in the proper manner and for the intended purpose;
Fostering an honest, unbiased and unprejudiced workplace;
Not partaking in conduct that is false or misleading;
Not misusing information, power or authority;
Ensuring appropriate use of information;
Acting in a way that benefits the business and its stakeholders;
Upholding the core values and good reputation of the business, in Australia or overseas; and
Specify any disciplinary actions for any violation of the code of conduct.
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