Code of conduct vs code of ethics: what's the difference?

Autor(es) : Nieweler, Amanda

Editor : 2023

Serie : WhistleBlower Security Blog, 8 April 2023

What is a Code of Ethics? What is a Code of Conduct?
They are, in fact, two unique documents. A Code of Ethics governs decision-making, and a Code of Conduct govern actions. They both represent two common ways that companies self-regulate. They are often associated with large companies, and provide direction to employees and establish a public image of good behavior, both of which benefit businesses of any size.
However, any company large or small, public or private, will benefit from having a set of documented rules in place where employees and other stakeholders can reference to ensure they are performing in their positions as expected by the company.

This article details the following points:

What is a Code of Ethics?
What is a Code of Conduct?
Is a Code of Conduct the same as a Code of Ethics?
What are the differences between a Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct?

  • Códigos de conducta, Ética