1997 Purchasing Today Article Index
Term selected: Ethics
A valuable reference tool, the Article Index is a comprehensive list of articles that have appeared in Inside Supply Management® (formerly Purchasing Today® and NAPM Insights®) magazine. Articles are organized by subject for easy locating and study.
Many in the profession, and those who study business ethics have determined that the adoption of the SCM model must include a reexamination of ethical practices by all participants in the new structure.
Trust helps develop a recognition of different values without compromising your own ethics.
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The following list contains publications, associations, Web sites, and other products on the topic of ethics. This list is not all-inclusive but can serve as a starting point for further information.
Constantly monitor your ethics policy to help ensure its effectiveness. Most organizations adopt some type of formal ethics policy stating what is considered acceptable and/or unacceptable business behavior. Ethical policies have evolved to include everything from gifts and gratuities to online/computer protocol and use of office equipment. Purchasing departments often derive their own ethics policy based on the overall organizational policy. Once in place, ethics policies need to be monitored, consistently communicated, and updated to avoid ethical pitfalls. Below are some ways to help you determine if your purchasing department's ethics policy is serving your department and your organization.<
In any business situation, the greatest difficulty with decision making is identifying the presence of an ethical issue.
Most say ethics and business practices are not identical in every context. And everyone agrees that a written code of conduct gives direction on how to ethically operate in business.