ETHICS IN THE MARKETPLACE (2002)

WHEREAS the frequency of corporate scandals are being highly publicized; and

WHEREAS there is the strong tendency in many businesses toward short-term thinking, planning, and commitment, which can lead to morally questionable decisions and practices; and

WHEREAS it is arguable that the long-term survival of even very large businesses will depend increasingly on the permission of society rather than on short-term financial statistics; and

WHEREAS people in business need to be sensitized to the issues of ethical dimensions heretofore ignored; and

WHEREAS increasingly there is a recognition that areas of business policy about the treatment of employees, customers, shareholders, and others, as well as corporate impact on the environment and indeed the world, are not such discrete and isolated issues as may have been thought; and

WHEREAS integrity calls for business leaders to assume full accountability for their actions, responsibility for the outcome of their actions, and for respecting codes of conduct, rules of business, and laws of countries, abiding by both the letter and the spirit; and

WHEREAS continuing attention to ethics in the workplace sensitizes leaders and staff to how they want to act—consistently; and

WHEREAS managing ethical values in the workplace legitimizes managerial actions, strengthens the coherence and balance of the organization’s culture, improves trust in relationships between individuals and groups, supports greater consistency in standards and qualities of products, and cultivates greater sensitivity to the impact of the enterprise’s values and messages; and

WHEREAS the marketplace is to reflect a work environment on the foundation of integrity; and

WHEREAS high standards reward business with the solid reputation of integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Church of God reaffirms our commitment to encouraging business leaders to meet the high expectations of Biblical integrity and commitment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the public trust of business be preserved by following Biblical principles and guidelines; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we model right behavior in all business dealings and fiduciary responsibilities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we expect business leaders to commit to making a positive difference in their business dealings with one another, their communities, and society; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that business leaders seek to understand, value, and leverage diverse cultural differences and perspectives; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we expect leaders to adopt business ethics for the improvement of society, to develop a code of practice and a statement of ethical principles, and act according to these values.


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