Encouraging ethical decision-making is one of the main aspirations of any corporate compliance program. At both the employee and organizational level, it’s important to support and promote the choices that are most consistent with both explicit rules and implicit values. Individuals and corporations can demonstrate their principles-based identity through the choices they make.
Genuine commitment to making the most ethical decisions through the complex environment of inadequate information, lack of connection to consequences, competing interests, and limitations of belief systems/choice frameworks – just to name a few of the many risks inherent – is a critical component of a culture of compliance. Individual persistence to honor internal codes of ethics and moral convictions will scale up to create heuristics and habits across the organization that support responsibility and thoughtfulness rather than a culture of fear and habits reflecting limited vision.