Promoting an ethical work environment

HR's role is to instill trust
By Chris Bart
|CHRR, Report on Employment Law|Last Updated: 10/20/2006

Ethics are incredibly important. They define moral principles and the rules of conduct. They define good versus bad behaviour. Unfortunately, the bad behaviour of some corporations and the senior managers who lead them has produced some remarkably shameful examples of just how far the moral compass has gone astray, and not just in a few instances. YBM Magnex. Argus Corporation. Hollinger. WorldCom. Tyco. Enron. The list goes on.

The result of these scandals has been an unprecedented decline in the trust and respect society gives to its once revered corporate institutions. According to the 2005

Edelman Annual Trust Barometer