A solid ethics foundation has four key elements. The first is a strong code of ethics. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 made it important for businesses to have an ethics code, something in writing about what one ought to do, and what to strive for. This also serves to inform employees of the vision that the company’s executives have for the company’s image and goals.
This helps new employees learn important aspects of how to carry out their actions at work., and provides veteran employees with something to fall back on; both as a reminder and as something to cite if they are being pressed to do something that they believe to be wrong.