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Over the past several weeks, you have been learning the various issues the ethical and legal challenges and factors involving your organization. Your task is to compose and submit an ethical code of conduct plan for your company that addresses the conduct of its employees, vendors, board of directors, key stakeholders, as well as its business operations in general.
Your ethical code of conduct plan which will be incorporated into your company's international business expansion plan should include the different concepts and ideas that have been discussed over the past several weeks in this course. You are to submit a detailed plan covering your operations both nationally and internationally in addition to the conduct of its employees, vendors, board of directors, and its business operations overall. The following points need to be addressed in your ethical code of conduct plan:

The legal regulations of conducting business overseas
The ethical code of conduct for employees and vendors
Guidelines for adherence to EEOC, ADA, and Civil Rights laws
Distinguishing between right and wrong in business dealings and when an action is legal
Identifying the issues surrounding the motivation behind unethical or illegal business operations when the consequences are properly documented
The ethical responsibilities of companies in the marketplace if they are a monopoly or oligopoly.
Anything else that you deem important to support your ethical code of conduct plan. The code of conduct plan should be structured so as to be easily navigable for employees; including headings for each section, a clear description of expected and required behavior, training requirements, method of reporting of unethical or illegal behavior, and consequences of unethical or illegal behavior.

The deliverable length is 1,250-1,500 words
Your ethical code of conduct plan should demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and ideas covered throughout the course.

Part 2

Letter to Employees

As an appendix in the document, write a letter to employees from senior leaders explaining the importance of the implementation of a code of conduct, the company's vision, mission statement, and the importance of good ethical principles for the success of the firm.

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Acme Corporation

Ethical Code of Conduct Plan

Examples and consequences are given for each of these.

Table of Contents

The Conduct of Our Employees
The Conduct of Our Vendors
The Conduct of Our Board of Directors
The Conduct of Our Key Stakeholders
Ethics in Our Business Operations in General
Ethics in Our Company's International Business Expansion Plan
Guidelines for adherence to EEOC, ADA, and Civil Rights laws
Distinguishing between right and wrong in business dealings
and when an action is legal


1.) The Conduct of Our Employees

We should conduct our business in accordance with all material applicable laws, rules and regulations.

We should maintain the highest standards of ethical business conduct and integrity by:

Being fair and honest in all business dealings, including our professional relationships;

Properly maintaining all information and records, recognizing errors and, when an error is confirmed, promptly correcting it; and

Cooperating fully with all internal and external audits and investigations initiated or sanctioned by the Company

We must protect the confidentiality and privacy of confidential employee, customer, shareholder, proprietary and third-party information and records.

We must make business decisions solely in the best interests of the Company without regard to personal gain. This means that we should use good judgment and endeavor to avoid even the appearance of any conflict between our individual interests and those of the Company

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Employees. (7/23/2013) Comerica.com

1 B) Treatment of Our Employees

To keep all written contracts and verbal (witnessed) promises that managers have the authority to make, or that the company has made to its employees, to the best of their ability.
To treat all employees with human respect, even when they have to be reprimanded.
To allow employees to have non-working scheduled breaks and to leave the premises when their paid time is over without reprisals.
To provide opportunities for training and/or advancement (salary based and position based), especially for employees with seniority and with no complaints or reprimands on their record, and to review performance regularly with that in mind.
To minimize the arbitrary firing of groups of employees, especially newcomers, for no reason.
To approve plans or suppliers on merit and profit value, not on the basis of who supports them.
To find ways to recruit, train and retain good quality management who will add value to their department.

Based on
Ethical Treatment of Employees. Hubpages.com

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