An Ethical Climate is a Duty of Care

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Armstrong, Anona and Francis, Ronald (2008) An Ethical Climate is a Duty of Care. Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics, 3 (3). pp. 15-20. ISSN 1433-4318


The current emergence, once again, of corporate collapses due in no small way to unethical behaviour raises questions about the duties and responsibilities of boards of major organisations for building an ethical organisation. This paper argues that the legal duty of care to employees extends to creating an ethical work environment. It describes different types of ethical climates, how they are recognised and the consequences of their impact on the behaviours of their members. It illustrates this with some of the findings from our research into measuring ethics and ethical decision making. In conclusion, it identifies the key factors that boards should address to promote a desirable ethical climate

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID15795. boards responsibilities, ethical work environment, employees behaviour
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