Organizational Ethics and Culture Course

Overview

The benefits of an ethical corporate culture are long-reaching and should be prioritised. A strong understanding of ethical organizational policies provides the foundation for consistent monitoring to maintain an ethical culture. The organizational ethics and culture course​ enables learners to understand the culture in an organisation and to set and maintain ethical standards across an organisation.

Completing this course will help in:

Who is the course for?

This course is targets managers in all economic sectors. These managers would typically be second level managers such as heads of department, section heads or divisional heads, who may have more than one team reporting to them.

Training Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between values, ethics and organisational culture and its impact on achieving goals and objectives.

  • The relationship between personal values, organisational ethics, and the entity’s culture is demonstrated through examples from the South African workplace.

  • The complexity of the conflicts between personal values and the entity’s values and ethical codes is illustrated with examples from the South African workplace.

  • The potential impact of organisational values and culture on the entity’s triple bottom line is analysed and described.

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  • The imperatives for ethical conduct in South African organisations are explained with reference to acts, regulations, codes and other documents relevant to the entity.

  • Relevant documents include South Africa’s Constitution, the King Report, PFMA, the principles of Batho Pele, as well as acts, regulations and codes governing the sector or specific industry.

  • The role of corporate governance within an entity is analysed to determine the contribution of a unit in promoting internal organisational codes and ethical practices.

  • The specific ethical practices of a unit in different areas are analysed with examples.

  • Areas include accounting information, marketing, sales, production, intellectual property, tendering processes, Information Technology and Human Resources.

     

  • An instrument is selected for analysing individual and organisational conduct in respect of organisational values, codes of conduct and corporate ethics.

  • The instrument is applied to gather and record information within a unit in respect of organisational values, codes of conduct and corporate ethics.

  • The instrument is applied to evaluate the current state in a unit against the desired state in respect of organisational values, codes of conduct and corporate ethics.

  • An implementation plan is prepared that described the strengthening of the entity’s values, code of conduct and ethical practices in the unit.

  • The role and responsibilities of the manager are described in terms of decision making to strengthen the values, code of conduct and ethical practices in a unit and the entity.

  • The communication activities for promoting the entity’s values, code of conduct and ethical practices are outlined in the plan, with role allocation and time frames.

  • The process for monitoring and evaluating improvements in relation to the entity’s organisational values, code of conduct and ethical practices in a unit is described with role allocation and time frames.

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