Implementation, Communication and Benefits of Corporate Codes of Ethics: An International and Longitudinal Approach for Australia, Canada and Sweden

19 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009

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Göran Svensson

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Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Jang B. Singh

University of Windsor - Odette School of Business

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Abstract

This paper examines the implementation, communication and benefits of corporate codes of ethics by the top companies operating in Australia, Canada and Sweden. It provides an international comparison across three continents. It is also based on a longitudinal approach where three national surveys were performed in 2001–2002 and replications of the same surveys were performed in 2005–2006. The empirical findings of this research show in all three countries that large organisations indicate a substantial interest in corporate codes of ethics. There are, however, differences in the ways that the companies in each country implement and communicate their corporate codes of ethics and the benefits that they see being derived from them. The longitudinal comparison between 2001–2002 and 2005–2006 indicates changes in the implementation, communication and benefits of corporate codes of ethics in the three countries.

Suggested Citation

Svensson, Göran and Wood, Gregory and Singh, Jang B. and Callaghan, Michael, Implementation, Communication and Benefits of Corporate Codes of Ethics: An International and Longitudinal Approach for Australia, Canada and Sweden. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 389-407, October 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1484020 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2009.01571.x

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Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

Victoria
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Jang B. Singh

University of Windsor - Odette School of Business ( email )

499 Odette Building
Windsor N9B 3P4, Ontario
Canada

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

Warrnambool, Victoria 3280
Australia

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