Title

An evaluation of Hong Kong's corporate code of ethics initiative

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

493

Last Page

518

Abstract

A campaign by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, begun in 1994, led to over 1,600 Hong Kong companies and trade associations adopting codes of ethics by December 1996. This study analyzed motives for code adoption; code content; how codes were developed, supported and enforced; and code impact. Primary data was collected through cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, semi-structured interviews, observation, and document analysis. Press cuttings and published statistics were also used. Main findings were that some best practice prescriptions for code adoption were not followed, but that codes nonetheless helped preserve ethical standards and an anti-corruption image. Directions are suggested for further research into cultural effects on business ethics policy, practice and effectiveness.

DOI

10.1023/A:1015846617296

Print ISSN

02174561

E-ISSN

15729958

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Copyright © 2000 By John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Ltd

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Recommended Citation

Sneel, R. S., & Herndon, N. C. (2000). An evaluation of Hong Kong's corporate code of ethics initiative. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 17(3), 493-518. doi: 10.1023/A:1015846617296