Ethics in the Workplace Glossary

A Code of Conduct is a company policy, designed to help support you in your day-to-day decision-making. It also embodies our commitment to one another about how we will behave. The Code clarifies what is deemed to be appropriate and inappropriate behavior in our company.

Discrimination is making a distinction either in favour of or against a person based on the group, class, or category to which that person belongs.

Workplace diversity refers to the variety of characteristics among people in an organization. Diversity might encompass race, color, nationality, ethnic group, national origins, gender (including gender reassignment), sexual orientation, age, personality, disability (past or present), marriage or civil partnership status, religion or belief, trade union membership (or non-membership), part-time or fixed status, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background, and more.

Your ethics are the rules or standards by which you live your life. Workplace ethics are the moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior in the workplace or when representing our company.

Exclusion, or ostracism, is a form of harassment and is often viewed as one of the worst forms of bullying.

Inclusion is a state of being valued and respected. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring that the right conditions are in place for each person to fully contribute to the organization and to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion supports a diverse workforce.

This content is an extract from the workplace conduct training.

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