Ethics and values at work: of paramount importance

What are the ethics that are constantly mentioned, that are used in all sorts of ways in daily newspapers, editorials and the specialist press, and above all, what is their place in the professional world?

Ethics is a science of morality. Its purpose is to act as a safeguard and reinforce certain benevolent behaviours in the office. Ethics define the day-to-day behaviour of all employees in a company.

Whether internal or external, ethics govern the (proper) functioning of the company or organisation. The ethical guidelines that apply in a given professional field will specify the lines of conduct for each employee in his or her interpersonal relations and relations with the tasks requested.

Greater awareness of one's actions

In a company, the ethical principles practised will enable you to better evaluate your own actions or those of your team, if you are a manager. Ethics will help you to make the corrections you need to carry out your tasks successfully, without having to appeal to your superiors.

Codes of ethics exist in a number of professions, including communications and public relations.

Better team cohesion thanks to ethics

All companies should be able to decide together on the ethical principles chosen by the company to best represent its values. This can be decided during a seminar or workshop day between the various players involved.

Professional ethics are a guarantee of quality and transparency and reflect well on those who practice them in the professional world. It is also a guarantee of productivity: operating according to solid, established principles of professional ethics helps the business sector to channel resources in the best possible way, and consequently to improve internal processes.

The company charter and the Code of Conduct

There are a number of tools that will ensure that the ethics established by our employees last. Find out more below.

The company charter

According to the Fribourg-based corporate coaching collective Ordinata, a corporate or institutional charter is a brief text that brings together the key elements through which a company or institution describes its identity and its major challenges.

At the very least, a charter presents the company's mission (raison d'être), ambitions (major challenges) and values (sources of inspiration for behaviour). Some institutions add a summary of their vision, as well as a few management principles.

The Code of conduct 

The Code of Conduct is part of the Corporate Charter.

It is part of the corporate charter. It is a concise written document that defines the moral and ethical guidelines for the behaviour of all members of an organisation. It is not intended to include all the organisation's regulations, but rather to serve as a reference document accessible to all.


Anne-Valérie Geinoz

Anne-Valérie Geinoz