Code of business ethics in the construction industry

Written by petra turnbull
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A code of business ethics issued by a construction company is a statement concerning its work-related principles of conduct, including treatment of employees, subcontractors and clients. It defines acceptable behaviours and establishes a foundation for responsibilities.


A business code of ethics must be tailored for the construction company to fulfil its purpose. Deliberations should be made about requirements, guidance criteria, enforcement policies, principles of the organisation and publication channels. It should also be determined whether the business code of ethics should be regulatory or stimulating within the company structure.


A business code of ethics for a construction company should contain pledges concerning estimates and written schedules, punctuality, promises of obtaining the proper permits and orderliness. It also should include obligations expected from employees. Codes can include zero tolerance statements against drug use, bribery, price fixing, personal financial interests and outside employment.


Written business codes of ethics are not legally binding documents, but they constitute a necessary certificate when applying for federal and local government tenders and will be taken into consideration by courts of law when sentencing. The choice of written codes can provide an insight into management values and shows the company's intention of applying moral and ethical standards within its structure.

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