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A code of conduct is a vital organizational document. Breaches of ethics can land companies in serious trouble with consumers, other organizations or government authorities. Creating a code of conduct makes decision making easier at all levels of an organization. It reduces ambiguity and considerations of individual perspectives in ethical standards.

Code of conduct examples are easily found by searching the web. They extend from organization codes to professional codes. The biggest mistake any corporation can make is to replicate someone else’s code. These are the exact reasons we spent time going over the History of Ethics and the Psychology Behind Ethics.

A strong code of conduct must be established with the specific organization or profession in mind. Enron’s code of conduct is often touted as a strongly written code. How much good did it do them?

This course focuses on important concepts professionals should know and understand about codes of conduct.

Learning Objectives

• Explore reasons behind establishing a code of conduct.
• Identify important concepts for adequate codes.
• Recognize the benefits of codes of conduct.
• Explore model codes and examine how they link to ethical theories.
• Identify important code components.
• Identify how to develop your code.
• Explore how to personalize your code.

Last updated/reviewed: November 11, 2020

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

15 CoursesEthical Leadership Certification

  1. History of Ethics
  2. Ethics and Psychology: Part 1
  3. Ethics and Psychology: Part 2
  4. COSO 2013 Control Environment
  5. Today’s Corporate Ethical Culture - An updated course
  6. Managing Through Corporate Politics
  7. Real World Business Ethics Scenarios
  8. Relationship between Ethics, Morality, and the Law
  9. Impact of Ethics on Leadership
  10. Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  11. Framework for Ethical Decision Making
  12. Keys to an Effective Code of Conduct
  13. Keys to Understanding Conflicts of Interest
  14. Whistleblower Hotlines - History and Regulations
  15. Whistleblower Hotlines - Effective Management

15 CoursesManagement Oversight, Analysis and Internal Controls Certification

  1. Management Internal Control Essentials
  2. Comprehensive Examination of COSO 2013: Components and Principles
  3. Keys to an Effective Code of Conduct
  4. Fraud Risk Assessments
  5. Enterprise Risk Management 101
  6. Identifying and Implementing the Proper Balance of Internal Controls
  7. Information Technology (IT) Risks in Emerging Business Environments
  8. Analyzing Financial Ratios - Solvency, Liquidity and Debt
  9. Analyzing Financial Ratios - Leverage
  10. Effectively Managing and Controlling Travel and Entertainment (T&E) Expenses
  11. Keys to Understanding Conflicts of Interest
  12. Documentation Methods For Internal Control Processes
  13. Segregation of Duties for Core Business Processes
  14. Professional Skepticism - Keys to Maintaining
  15. Whistleblower Hotlines - Effective Management

19 Reviews (90 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
This course provided an excellent, comprehensive overview of the vital role that a Code of Conduct plays in an organization. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue around model codes in different industries as these examples were insightful and thought provoking. The instructor presented content in an easy-to-follow manner, and included well-documented supporting materials to reiterate key concepts.
Member's Profile
A lot of the material is fairly obvious and the class proceeded slowly, but it was easy to follow. The instructor's communication skills are not great. Her criticism of some examples did not make sense. Overall the course was decent and informative.
Anonymous Author
I liked the thoroughness of this course, as well as the fact that the instructor kept me engaged. I would highly recommend this course for anyone that is thinking to write a Code of Conduct for their company
Member's Profile
Great overview of writing a code of conduct and the potential pitfalls that can occur - which can create unintentional ambiguity and misapplication of the code. Very useful. Thank you!
Anonymous Author
I enjoyed learning the benefits of personalizing the code of conduct and the importance of periodically reviewing and updating the code to reflect changes in the business environment.
Anonymous Author
I really enjoy this presenter. The course information was clear and concise. The supporting materials will be great to reference going forward.
Member's Profile
I thought that this was an outstanding course. The part that interested me the most is best practice for the code of conduct.
Anonymous Author
Overview of codes of conduct and how it applies to companies in facilitating conduct oriented decision making.
Anonymous Author
This course presented the concept of a code of conduct and the associated challenges in an informative manner.
Anonymous Author
Very helpful particularly to those who do not have an idea on how to develop a code of conduct from scratch.
Anonymous Author
Good review of information for an effective code of conduct. Course well prepared and presented.
Anonymous Author
This was an informative course. Creating codes of conduct are very important
Anonymous Author
This course was very detailed and I felt effectively got the lesson across
Anonymous Author
Important topic for internal auditors preparing and revising their codes.
Member's Profile
This is good Course.I recommend all users to go through this course.
Anonymous Author
Effective trainer and good handouts. Thanks for the information
Member's Profile
The course was well done and gave several practical examples
Anonymous Author
well thought out and acceptable for cpe review purposes
Member's Profile
Great presentation!


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course, but completion of the instructor's other courses on ethics may be helpful.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
  4:22Introduction to Key to an Effective Code of Conduct
Key to an Effective Code of Conduct
  6:28Types of Codes
  14:27Purpose Behind the Code of Conduct
  11:55Important Aspects for Codes
  11:21Benefits of Code of Conduct
  11:30Model Codes Part 1
  8:12Model Codes Part 2
  12:01Develop Your Code
  5:02Personalize Your Code
  1:27:27Key to an Effective Code of Conduct
  PDFSlides: Key to an Effective Code of Conduct
  PDFKey to an Effective Code of Conduct Glossary/Index