Every company should have a written Code of Ethics. This column provides some basic guidelines for writing this document.


The introduction is a short summary of what you are trying to accomplish by having a Code of Ethics. It could define terms and word phrases, or point out to whom it is addressed (employees of the company). The preamble could say something like this: “Every employee of this company is expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner at all times.”

The good of all takes precedence over individual interests

This principle guarantees a quality of life for all. Talk about respecting the human rights of everyone, regardless of culture diversity. In other words, apply the well-known saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Avoid harm to anyone, for any reason

Avoid any potential actions that would negatively impact the community. Talk about a safe work and social environment for the well-being of all individuals, families, communities, and social groups.

Honesty and trustworthiness:

Discuss the importance of honesty, which is the essential element of trust. How can one expect to gain the trust of others, when he is not honest with himself?

Be fair and equitable to all

Be sensitive, thoughtful, and helpful to those who have issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, or other such factors is an explicit violation of the company's policy. The values of equality, tolerance, respect for others, and equal justice shall govern everyone at all times.

Respect the rights and space of others

Respect the work space of others and do not enter without their permission. Do not violate copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and terms of license agreements. These actions are against the law and prohibited.

Acknowledge intellectual property

Plagiarism is unfair and against the law. All employees are obligated to protect the integrity of intellectual property and never take credit for another's ideas or work.