Topic: Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
7) Compare and contrast code of ethics and code of conduct. (250 words)
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Why this question:
Both of these concepts are important concepts which share some similarities and several differences which need to be discussed upon.
Key demand of the question:
The question wants us to simply bring out in detail the differences between the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct and draw a detailed comparison of the same.
Compare and contrast – provide for a detailed comparison of the two types, their features that are similar as well as different. One must provide for detailed assessment of the two.
Structure of the answer:
Mention that both Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct are similar as they are used in an attempt to encourage specific forms of behaviour by employees. However, the two have several differences between them.
Start by defining both the terms first.
An aspirational document, issued by the higher level management/ board of directors containing core ethical values, principles and ideals of the organization is Code of Ethics while as a directional document containing specific practices and behavior, that are followed or restricted under the organization is Code of Conduct; the former is general and wide in nature while as the latter is specific and narrow in range; COE governs decision making while as COC governs actions; Code of Conduct are originated from the code of ethics, and it converts the rules into specific guidelines, that must be followed by the members of the organisation;COE is focused on values and principles while as COC is focused on compliance and rules etc.
Conclude with importance.