Code of conduct development

Ensuring the code of conduct covers all the areas where poor behaviour or decision-making might occur is essential. Any failure to do so could put a business at risk.

Code of conduct development expertise


GoodCorporation has supported numerous organisations with their codes of conduct, from the early stages of drafting through to roll-out across the organisation. We ensure that codes are developed to reflect the values the company wishes to promote, in a form that is accessible to employees operating in multiple different geographical locations and cultural contexts.

A good code should combine aspirational corporate values with clear statements and rules of behaviour.

GoodCorporation works with organisations to ensure that their code is fit for purpose, will encourage responsible conduct and will protect the business.

Our work involves:

Code of conduct design

  • Analysis of core values, business principles and company culture
  • Best practice review of content and gap analysis
  • Risk assessments to identify areas to be covered by the code
  • Recommendations on content and structure
  • Template design

Building code of conduct support systems and processes

  • Gap analysis of existing systems against the code of conduct
  • Development of supporting policies and procedures
  • Development of operational manuals
  • Identification of service providers to help establish new systems

Roll out and embedding the code

  • Face-to-face training
  • Workshops and seminars
  • E-learning and video based modules
  • Development of ethics champions
  • Communications programme and promotional materials
  • Translation service

Code of conduct evaluation and benchmarking

  • Conducting a third party audit either independently or with the internal audit function to assess how well the code has been embedded and what is working properly on the ground
  • Detailed benchmarking of the code of conduct to evaluate its content and compare to a range of peer organisations using the GoodCorporation code of conduct benchmarking tool

The business community is under the spotlight like never before. We either demonstrate that we operate responsibly or we risk losing our licence to do business.

Lord Sharman

Former Chairman of Aviva and chair of GoodCorporation’s founding advisory panel

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