The author used Kohlberg's development stages to analyze the personal code of ethics she had already established. In the compliance work that she does, there is definite insight that legal and moral points of view conflict. She does have a professional code of ethics. It applies to her job in its entirety. In the code there is an obligation to the public, the organization for which she works, and the profession. Her professional code and personal code do not differ; rather, the ethics of her workplace and her personal ethics support each other. Sometimes the culture bothers her and needs some work. In her professional life, she tends to use the utilitarianism philosophy. In her work, she looks at the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Her values hierarchy consists of the following: to influence others through trust, kindness, and sharing lessons learned. She will accomplish this by being a good listener, being disciplined, being focused, and being responsible. » Jump to indexing (document details)
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One Possible Approach to Developing a Code Is Using Kohlberg's Development Stages
Do you have a personal code of ethics? I never really thought about it until a few years ago, and then I really thought about it when I took a class for my master's education. In our ethics class, we had to write our personal code of ethics if we did not have one already. This was very timely. It seems very appropriate (if not mandatory) as a compliance professional to have a personal code of ethics. I will share what elements were brought to my attention that are important to include in a personal code of ethics. KOHLBERG'S DEVELOPMENT
I used Kohlberg's development stages to analyze the personal code of ethics I had already established. In the compliance work...