Ten commandments of business ethics

by Scott Clark

Poor ethics can sap business productivity, so follow my Ten Commandments of Ethical Business Behavior:

1. Be honest, truthful, forthright, candid and sincere.

2. Have integrity: Strive to be scrupulous.

3. Keep your word and abide by the spirit as well as the letter of the law.

4. Maintain fidelity: Be faithful and never disclose confidential information.

5. Always be fair: Demonstrate a commitment to justice, with equal treatment of all.

6. Care for others: Be kind.

7. Respect others in every way.

8. Be a responsible citizen. Obey just laws and protest unjust ones.

9. Rigorously pursue excellence. Never be content with mediocrity.

10. Always be accountable: good leaders lead by example.

The consequences of lost ethics are summed up well in an ancient Chinese proverb, “He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.”

Source: bizjournals

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