Practice Guide: Evaluating Ethics - Related Programs and Activities

By: Stephen Linden, CPA Angelina Chin, CIA, CCSA, CRMA James Roth, Ph. D., CIA, CCSA, CRMA David Zechnich, CIA, CPA Susan L. Rudolph

NEW! Practice Guide: Evaluating Ethics-related Programs and Activities

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The new practice guide, Evaluating Ethics - Related Programs and Activities, strives to put a firm structure around a subject that has traditionally been viewed as too soft, and thereby challenging, to evaluate. 

A strong ethical climate and an organization’s ability to maintain an ethical culture is the foundation for good governance.  It sets expectations for acceptable behaviors in conducting business within the organization and with external parties.

A robust ethics program includes:

  • Effective board oversight
  • Strong tone-at-the-top
  • Senior management involvement
  • Organization-wide commitment
  • A customized Code of Conduct
  • Timely follow-up and investigation of reported incidents
  • Consistent disciplinary action for offenders
  • Effective ethics training
  • Communications
  • Ongoing monitoring systems
  • An anonymous incident reporting system, where possible 

This guide has been developed to provide internal auditors with a framework for the evaluation of ethics-related programs and activities. It also includes a range of examples, definitions, and principles to provide a solid platform on which internal auditors can build their evaluations.  The principles apply equally to the public and private sectors. URL: 


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