You are the CEO of a business that employs 25 employees and owns and operates a farm, raising crops and livestock, and selling your produce to the public at local farm markets as well as in your own farm store.
You have decided that a code of ethics is required in your company. What should it look like? To be workable, it should probably be clear, succinct and easy to understand. But how will you approach it? Will it be aspirational (containing statements of values aimed at or good things to do) or regulatory (statements of rules and prohibition, i.e. “You may not ______”)? How will you provide for feedback or enforcement? What good do you hope to accomplish with this code of ethics?
Explain what ethical theory you relied upon in drafting your code of ethics (and why), and how it guided you in coming up with what you came up with. What caused you to select the ethical theory you selected? Was there something that caused you to reject another of the ethical theories? What problems did you have to work to overcome? What was the hardest part of the exercise and what problems do you still have with what you were able to draft or with what you anticipate would be the response to it? Are you satisfied with your draft code of ethics as an effective expression of ethical guidance? Why or why not?
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This code of ethics (“Code”) is meant to maintain the standards of business conduct of this Farm, and to ensure compliance with all applicable legal requirements. The Code is specifically designed to prevent wrongdoing among our employees and to guide employees’ conduct in the course of discharging their duties and responsibilities to the Farm. The Code is aimed at promoting honest and ethical conduct, fair dealing practices, and accountability as well as to protect the assets of the farm and to encourage prompt internal reporting of any violations. Ethical business conduct is vital to our Farm’s business, and as an employee you have a responsibility to adhere to the practices outlined in this Code.
II. General standards of conduct
You are expected to exercise good conduct in order to ensure the safety and welfare of the farm. You are also expected to:
a) Cooperate with your peers
b) Perform your duties efficiently
c) Maintain a positive, harmonious and productive work environment
The Farm expects you to observe these standards while working on our premises, as well as offsite locations where you represent the Farm such as at local farm markets where we sell our products....