Code of Conduct and Written Standards
Often visible to both internal and external stakeholders, the code of conduct serves as the cornerstone of an organization’s ethics and compliance program. An effective code ties key guidelines to your organization’s values and ethical commitments in a way that facilitates employees’ understanding of why compliance matters and why it is critical that they make ethical decisions.
Having written more than 150 codes of conduct, Corpedia’s Advisory Services team is the industry’s most reliable leader in code of conduct services. What’s more, Corpedia is the only organization to maintain a benchmarking database complete with more than 2,700 code reviews used to benchmark your code against your industry peers and best practices.
Evaluation and Development
Utilizing Corpedia’s proprietary evaluation and scoring methodology as well as our benchmarking database, Corpedia will benchmark your code of conduct .
Corpedia’s content and language experts will conduct an in-depth evaluation of your organization’s existing code, addressing over 55 unique, detailed inspection points.
At the end of the evaluation, Corpedia provides a detailed report of the findings, including comprehensive commentary on the inspection points, recommendations for improvement, and more.
A poorly written code is just as effective as no code at all. Corpedia provides comprehensive code of conduct development, rewrite, and refresh services to organizations planning to build a new code, rewrite their current code, or revise an existing code. Your code of conduct is a prime moment for you to communicate your organizational values and expectations to your employees.
Corpedia’s proprietary code development process helps ensure that your new code reflects your organization’s style and culture, and provides employees with the following:
- A clear statement of organizational mission and expectations
- A concise outline of acceptable and unacceptable workplace behaviors, with relevant and realistic examples, scenarios, and FAQs
- Guidance and contact information for asking questions and raising concerns over potential or actual instances of legal or ethical misconduct
Corpedia commits itself to developing a user-friendly, readable, highly effective, and legally sound document that your organization will be proud to communicate to its employees, suppliers, and shareholders, as well as the public.
Graphic Design Services
In addition to a streamlined writing process, Corpedia offers a full graphic design service to transform the most important ethics and compliance document, the code of conduct, into an engaging, forward-facing communication tool.
Our design team will work with your organization to ensure the look and feel aligns with your brand, the layout allows for easy reading, and the document as a whole aligns with your organizational culture. Engaging graphics and colors will draw in the reader, while an inclusive tone will give your employees a sense of ownership of the code.
As an increasing number of organizations migrate to implementing user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing code documents, leading organizations are identifying a need to further engage their employee base through a modular, interactive, and online version of their code. Not to be confused with code training, your organization’s Code 3.0 would be hosted on your secure intranet site for easy employee access.
In addition to delivering your values and expectations, Code 3.0 not only relates these values to relevant policies or procedures, but provides readers with easy access to these documents and to reporting resources and channels through the use of hyperlinks. Corpedia provides multimedia learning aids for better comprehension and implementation of expected behaviors, as well as feedback on potential linkages of the code to other online systems within your organization.
A repository of instruction and knowledge, your organization’s Code 3.0 will be a living document that serves as a compliance reference guide for all job functions.
Policy and Procedure Review, Rewrite, or Development
Corpedia offers a full range of assessment services to help organizations take inventory of all compliance-related policies and procedures. This review helps organizations ensure they have efficient, effective policies that inform and guide employees in all relevant compliance risk areas. Corpedia reviews and critiques existing policies and procedures in light of the FSG, Sarbanes-Oxley, and peer best practices.
Corpedia has developed a robust methodology for review and modification of existing policies and procedures, and for the creation of new policies and procedures. Factors included in the review and analysis of policies and procedures include:
- Policy existence
- Comprehensiveness of content
- Clarity and consistency of language
- Organization and structure
- Statement of authority for interpretation and guidance
- Comprehension aids
- Alignment with target employee audience, other policies, and organizational culture
- Policy availability