Drafting and adoption of a code of ethics is one approach of making staff and volunteers aware of various ethical issues and hopefully avoid lapses in ethics. What is a code of ethics, and how can such a document help a nonprofit organization?
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Every firm usually has a way of doing things which should be
followed by the different people in the given organization. Some organizations usually
have written specifications of the way things ought to be done at all times
while some firms may not have it in written form. Generally, a code of ethics
is such a written specification specifying the way things should be done in the
organization at all given moments. Thus, a code of ethics is a document
outlining different aspects like the values of the firm, its mission, the way
to approach different challenges and the standards the different stakeholders
of the firm must uphold.
The code of conduct can generally help a nonprofit organization
by setting the standards to be adhered to. This means it actually brings
harmony in the organization as the different parties understand what to do from
the document. Other outside stakeholders like donors also becomes aware of the
different ways of doing things including learning on the level of integrity in
the organization. Thus, it is a document of such great importance to a
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Oct 12th, 2015
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