This paper introduces and discusses the initial results of a survey focused on the content, adoption, role and effectiveness of company codes of ethics. The paper examines the contents of the codes of ethics of companies operating in the private sector in Italy, quoted on the Italian Stock Exchange (S&P/Mib). The purpose of the investigation was to identify any correlations between sector characteristics and the contents of the codes of ethics, which would enable us to map out the main principles followed in writing the companies’ codes of ethics. The analysis was conducted in order to ascertain whether there were common factors deriving from the shared ethical questions faced by the companies operating in the same sector of activity.As the first step, the 40 companies were subdivided into three main economic categories: Industrial, Financial and Service, according to the relevant Italian Stock Exchange definitions. Then the contents of each code of ethics were evaluated and classified in accordance with different criteria. The main categories of classification were based on: general principles, social values, rules of conduct, relationships with third parties, implementation and sanctions. As a result, a list of common ethical themes and main characteristics for each sector were identified. The next objective was to investigate whether these characteristics were due to the regulation of the sector of reference, the existence of sector benchmarks for best practice, or simply companies’ voluntary stance on ethical issues. The main conclusion was that parts of the contents of these codes were due to Italian regulations on companies, others due to sector characteristics, and a small proportion based on voluntary ethical policies.

The contents of S&P/MIB companies’ codes of ethics: an investigation of the main factors that influence their adoption / Lugli, Ennio; Kocollari, Ulpiana. - STAMPA. - 2:(2006), pp. 502-519. ((Intervento presentato al convegno EIAC 2006 tenutosi a PADOVA nel GIUGNO 20, 22 2006.

The contents of S&P/MIB companies’ codes of ethics: an investigation of the main factors that influence their adoption

LUGLI, Ennio;KOCOLLARI, Ulpiana
2006

Abstract

This paper introduces and discusses the initial results of a survey focused on the content, adoption, role and effectiveness of company codes of ethics. The paper examines the contents of the codes of ethics of companies operating in the private sector in Italy, quoted on the Italian Stock Exchange (S&P/Mib). The purpose of the investigation was to identify any correlations between sector characteristics and the contents of the codes of ethics, which would enable us to map out the main principles followed in writing the companies’ codes of ethics. The analysis was conducted in order to ascertain whether there were common factors deriving from the shared ethical questions faced by the companies operating in the same sector of activity.As the first step, the 40 companies were subdivided into three main economic categories: Industrial, Financial and Service, according to the relevant Italian Stock Exchange definitions. Then the contents of each code of ethics were evaluated and classified in accordance with different criteria. The main categories of classification were based on: general principles, social values, rules of conduct, relationships with third parties, implementation and sanctions. As a result, a list of common ethical themes and main characteristics for each sector were identified. The next objective was to investigate whether these characteristics were due to the regulation of the sector of reference, the existence of sector benchmarks for best practice, or simply companies’ voluntary stance on ethical issues. The main conclusion was that parts of the contents of these codes were due to Italian regulations on companies, others due to sector characteristics, and a small proportion based on voluntary ethical policies.
EIAC 2006
PADOVA
GIUGNO 20, 22 2006
2
502
519
Lugli, Ennio; Kocollari, Ulpiana
The contents of S&P/MIB companies’ codes of ethics: an investigation of the main factors that influence their adoption / Lugli, Ennio; Kocollari, Ulpiana. - STAMPA. - 2:(2006), pp. 502-519. ((Intervento presentato al convegno EIAC 2006 tenutosi a PADOVA nel GIUGNO 20, 22 2006.
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