CFN – What good is a professional code of ethics if they can’t be enforced? Many organizations claim that they hold the highest standards of quality and have established a code of ethics that all members or employees must adhere to………….but what if said code was broken?
A professional code of ethics is simple and normally part of how professional businesses “naturally” conduct themselves. A number of professional organizations define their ethical approach as a number of discrete components. Typically these include:
So what if a business or person is defamed, slandered and its clients or friends fraudulently approached! More specifically how does an ethical business or person protect themselves and should it even have to protect themselves against those looking to harm their livelihood?
Unfortunately, it is far too common for employees of a business to “bash” a competitor in order to deter a prospective client from going elsewhere! The forms of unethical “bashing” range in aggressiveness and although sound different ultimately provide an equivalent message. Here are some examples of what you might hear:
“We have decided to get into this business as a natural extension to our service offering because we ultimately could not refer anyone without hurting our reputation!”
“Everyone in our industry is too expensive and we can save you money through our unique process!”
“Unlike our competitors, we guarantee our service and offer the highest quality products!”
Every one of these statements may seem normal or not very harmful and you are right but they are unethical because they lead consumers to believe that others in the industry have acted improperly which may or may not be true. It also is a negative approach since it relies on discrediting others rather than focusing on showing the value in their products or services!
What do you do if another person or business is acting unethically?
Take legal action? Ignore the comments? Defend yourself by countering the comments with some of your own? Etc.
Will you be seen as weak or even guilty by not commenting? Should you not publicly defend yourself?
What if you lose clients do to these misleading or fraudulent actions?
“Grow your success and focus all of your energy on your clients! Do not focus your energy on those who are lost in transition and who can do and say whatever they wish but ultimately the proof is in the pudding and you should always strive to improve! Use their comments as fuel to Objectively improve areas under criticism or to provide further Transparency to the public about the product, services or decisions that you provide /have made!”
Codes of ethics are fools tails!
In reality, all Code of ethics are merely a concept and ultimately agreed upon but essentially never enforced nor reviewed; if the individual or company is of a certain stature! It is normal for larger or established companies and more influential community leaders or politicians to get away with unethical practices and blame the circumstance or individuals rather accept that the fact that in reality Honesty, Integrity, Transparency, etc. are more often forgotten rather than followed!
Codes of Ethics are created as a mere guideline and mean very little in today’s society because although they are as widely believed as religion they are barely adhered to and never repent for their wrongful actions unlike those of faith of true faith!
A code of ethics is NOT a process rather than a belief often forgotten!