Do most companies have an obligation to create and enforce a code of ethics? Explain why or why not. What are some specific code of ethics mentioned in the text and readings? Most companies are not obligated to create and enforce a code of ethics but it is in the best interest of the company that they do. Companies are not obligated simply because it is up to them how they enforce rules of the company. According to the text “Most professional organizations have detailed codes of conduct that specify the obligations members are expected to honor” (Ruggiero, 2008, p. 98).” If enforced the code of ethics provided will help employees understand what is right and what is wrong when it comes to other employees and customers. In the text some specific code of ethics are “A physician shall always bear in mind the obligation of preserving Human life.(World Medical Association)” (Ruggiero, 2008, p. 98).” And “Advertising agencies must recognize an obligation, not only to their clients, but to the public, the media they employ, and to each other. (American Association of Advertising Agencies)” (Ruggiero, 2008, p. 98).” I have not worked for a company that does not have a code of ethic. Sometimes a company has to change its code of ethics to adjust to its growing business. The code of ethics of a company is something and employee can refer to when they have question about how they should act in a certain situation. I cannot remember which class but in one of my classes I remember writing a code of ethics for a pretend company and I enjoyed doing it.
Ruggiero, V.R. (2008). Thinking critically about ethical issues (7th Ed.). Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.