Expected Ethical Behaviour
You need to be honest in all of your actions, and every communication you make. People appreciate the fact they can take you at your word, as members only ever do business with those they trust. If you have unintentionally given the wrong impression, ensure to provide the relevant information to your members and correct their misunderstanding as soon as possible.
This is how you earn the trust of others, whether they are your members, team or your superiors. This requires you to have moral courage to do the right thing, and it takes inner strength to live up to mistakes and admit when a fault has been made. Showing integrity means not sacrificing your honor for the sake of just getting the job done.
You need to be loyal to the organization, your team and yourself, while operating within a strong moral compass. Demonstrating your loyalty builds trust and shows that you place a high value on advancing the interests of both the organization and your colleagues. You should not ever place loyalty above your other moral principles or use it as an excuse for unethical behavior. Never use information that you have gained in confidence for your own personal advancement. Avoid situations of conflicts of interest, and if you ever decide to quit the organization, do it on the best of terms. Give reasonable notice, respect any information that was gained in your former office, and never engage in activities that take advantage of a previous position that was held.
You need to demonstrate the principles and ethics you want your team to live by and take an active role as a leader to be a positive role model. The best way to do this is to live by example.
You must strive to treat others the way you would like to be treated. Human dignity, autonomy, privacy, rights, and interests of all those who have a stake in your decisions must be respected. You should be courteous and treat all people with equal respect and dignity regardless of sex, race or nationality.
This involves having a genuine concern for people, as well as a sense of compassion. Ethical executives are caring, compassionate, benevolent and kind; they like the Golden Rule, help those in need, and seek to accomplish their organization’s objectives in a manner that causes the least harm and the greatest positive good.
Your love, loyalty and obedience to the organization must be paramount.
We believe in teamwork to achieve our common and organizational goals. Therefore, we strongly encourage teamwork and effective communication.
Your word is one of the most important tools in your arsenal as an executive. Stay true to every word you make and always fulfill a commitment. Never justify why it’s okay to not comply with a commitment. Just do what you said you were going to do.
In all of your actions, you must strive to be fair and just. Being an ethical executive means that you are committed to being fair, employ justice in your decisions, and treat all people equally, with tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
An ethical executive enhances the good reputation of an organization/company, which at the same time boosts the morale of its members. The organization's reputation is very important, as well as the pride and morale of the members. You need to avoid taking actions that undermine this respect and take action to correct any inappropriate behavior of others.
Being ethical in business is also about pursuing excellence in everything that you do. Delivering the highest quality of service or products makes business sense, especially if there is a constant endeavor to always improve.
Ethical executives acknowledge and accept personal accountability for the ethical quality of their decisions and omissions to themselves, their colleagues, their companies/organizations, and their communities. This is the foundation that takes your organization to the success it deserves to reach.
To be ethical, one should always obey the law, and never break the rules, regulations, or laws surrounding the activities of the organization. Executives are no exception to this.