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Ethics     1 Critique of Southwire Ethics Policy University of Phoenix  Ethics     2 Introduction The Southwire Company is North America’s leading manufacturer of wire and  cable. Southwire maintains and publishes manuscripts detailing the organizations  commitment to ethics. The manuscript can be accessed via the company website and  through printed documentation within the company. Southwire entitles the company’s  code of ethics as “Do the Right Thing”; the policy ensures that business at Southwire is  conducted in a manner that meats ethical expectations (Southwire, 2010). Southwire’s  commitment to “Doing the Right Thing” extends beyond legal expectations. The  company website states “our goal is to expand our employee ethics training so that every employee gets an ethics refresher course every two years”  (Southwire, p. 1, 2010). Southwire’s commitment to ethical practices is above standard  and easily identifiable throughout business operations.   Southwire The Southwire Company was established in 1950 in rural Western Georgia; the  company currently employs around 4000 people worldwide (Southwire, 2010). The  company’s main revenue is generated from the sale of wire and cable used to transmit  electricity. Southwire’s commitment to excellence and leadership of the electrical  industry is unparalleled by their competitors. Few ethical problems have plagued  Southwire during the company’s 60 year history. The organizations commitment to  ethics is rooted in privately owned family business that understands the importance of  Ethics     3 sustainability. Countless documents within the Southwire organization continually  remind employees of the company’s commitment to ethical practices.    Southwire pledges “as a family business, we will treat each other with dignity and respect – always striving to improve the quality of life for our suppliers, customers,  communities and each other” (Southwire, p. 1, 2010). Southwire believes in giving back  to the community to improve the quality of life within the ecosystems the company  operates. The development of ethical procedures and guidelines ensures that  Southwire’s lasting effect on the environment and people are positive.  Programs Designed to Promote Ethics Southwire has developed several programs to promote ethical practices within  the organzition. The programs are designed to discourage unethical behavior and  provide a means of communication for all levels of employees. Each program offers a  unique way of generating better qualified business ethics within the Southwire  Company.  Whistleblower Policy     Southwire provides employees with immunity from retaliation when reporting  problems or violations. The policy clearly encourages employees to communicate  unethical behavior through the chain of command. Southwire is committed to promoting  legal and ethical business practices. Reporting unethical practices to the company  provides Southwire an opportunity to take corrective action before other parties are  Ethics     4 involved. The policy states that employees are not protect under the Whistleblower  policy if the Whistleblower commits any of the following acts:  (a) First reported the Suspected Violation to a third party, including the media  and regulatory authorities, rather than giving the Company the opportunity to  investigate the Suspected Violation;  (b) Knowingly or recklessly makes a false allegation(s)  (c) Did not act in good faith;  (d) Was involved in the alleged wrongdoing; or  (e) Otherwise failed to report the Suspected Violation as required under this  Policy (Southwire, p. 70, 2010).  Just Ask Policy  A unique opportunity for communication is Southwire’s “Just Ask” program. The  “Just Ask” program is line of communication that permits employees to ask questions  about business functions. Just Ask can be used to generate new ideas, find answers to  questions, promote efficiency, and improve job functions. Southwire believes employees are at the forefront of successful business practices. Through Just Ask, employee input  provides Southwire with valuable information that strengthens company performance.  Employees can communicate via phone, e­mail, or Just Ask forms.  “Twice a month,  Southwire Communications will compile submitted comments and forward them to the  Ethics     5 appropriate areas; communications team will answer general questions” and provide  responses to employees who provide contact information (Southwire, p. 22, 2010).  Employees who are uncomfortable communicating through managers are encouraged  to use Just Ask.   Printed Material      Southwire code of business ethics provides the following list of ethical  procedures that outlines the company’s commitment to “Doing the Right Thing”:    Maintain accurate and honest books and records   No inappropriate or undisclosed conflicts of interest   No inappropriate gifts or favors to gain business   No use of inside information for personal gain   Communicate honestly with customers   Price our products and services accurately and fairly   Purchase competitively from qualified suppliers, while ensuring the best value   Sell only products that meet appropriate quality and test criteria   Comply with all federal, state, local and international laws, rules and regulations   No discussion of fixing prices or limiting competition with competitors  Ethics     6  No use of bribes, kickbacks or illegal payments   Obey all political contribution laws and regulations   Do not cooperate in any illegal boycott or restrictive trade practice   Do not discriminate   Exercise good judgment with regard to the environmental impact of our actions   Keep our work environmentally safe and healthy   Obey all laws in every country where we do business   Comply with import and export laws and regulations   Guard our technology from unauthorized disclosure   Protect company information   Keep government information secure  NOTE: All information in bullet list was retrieved from Southwire’s standard of business  ethics booklet.   Why use Ethical Codes Southwire’s business ethics defines the way business activities are conducted.  All employees and divisions of the Southwire organization are expected to adhere to the standard code of ethics. Ethics codes are periodically updated to eliminate areas of  Ethics     7 confusion and meet legal obligations. Southwire believes promoting ethics begins at the top. Southwire is a privately owned company and therefore not obligated to publish their financial activities.  A 10 member board of directors oversees Southwire’s operations  and financial activities.  The organization governance polices stipulates that only three  of the board members can be company shareholders (Southwire. 2010). The board  members carefully scrutinize Southwire’s financial activities to ensure accuracy and to  promote ethical practices.         Southwire has been operation for 60 years and has enjoyed much business  success. Success of the business depends on making decisions that promote ethical  practices. Southwire understands that all business choices can have positive and  negative outcomes on the company stakeholders. Failure to comply with many ethical  practices can result in lawsuits, death, endangerment of ecosystems, and loss of  business.   Implementation of Ethical Practices Southwire developed an initiative known as Operational Perfections at Southwire, referred to OPS. The OPS initiative has been implemented into every aspect of  Southwire business activities. Many of the OPS operating philosophies are geared  toward lean manufacturing, safety, flexibility, orderliness, and waste reduction.  Enforcing and maintaining ethical polices begins with qualified management teams.  Managers play a crucial role in the development, training, and implementation of ethical  codes. Developing tangible regulations and polices is the backbone of good code of  Ethics     8 ethics. Tangible documents ensure that all employees have access to a company’s  ethical expectations.        Who uses Ethical Practices? Southwire requires employees to read and watch videos that cover the  organizations commitment to ethics. The orientation process introduces Southwire’s  policies, procedures, expectations, and standards. Each new employee is provided with  a company handbook that details Southwire’s code of ethics, company rules, and  values. The implementation of a qualified mission statement, company values, training  programs, and documented material permits all employees to understand their personal responsibility within the Southwire organization. Southwire encourages employee who  are unsure about “his or her responsibilities can seek additional counsel from his or her  supervisor or any ethics program official” (Southwire, p. 5, 2010). The Southwire  organization relies on clearly defined training programs and booklets to educate all  employees about business ethics. All new employees are required to sign documents  indicating they understand and are committed to Southwire’s business ethics.  Disciplinary actions can occur if employees fail to adhere to Southwire’s policies and  procedures.   Conclusion Following ethical standards allows organizations to conduct business in manner  that advances all parties and environments involved. Acknowledgement of stakeholder  Ethics     9 concerns and well being is vital to business sustainability. Southwire believes that  “striving for optimum efficiency in all that we do allows us to maximize our output using  minimum resources, thus making OPS a sustainable culture; through that culture we are able to provide safe, enjoyable and engaging work environments for our employees”  (Southwire, para 2, 21010). All employees of Southwire must participate in the  company’s ethical standards. Failure to comply with Southwire expectations can result  in job loss. Southwire believes that all employees are business partners working in unity to maintain health and prosperity.     Reference Southwire. (2010). Human Resources Policy and Procedure. Retrieved April 5, 2010,  from e.pdf  Southwire (2010).  Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct. Retrieved April 5, 2010,  from Conduct.pdf Ethics     10 Southwire (2010). The OPS Culture at Southwire. Retrieved April 5, 2010, from 


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