Who doesn’t have an ethics committee? Certainly all groups that do research, certainly all professional societies. Fewer have Ethics Officers.

What are these for? What do they do?

Ethics Committees

Currently under construction!

Ethics Officers

Do you have a Chief Executive Officer? Chief Financial Officer? Chief Legal Officer? Chief Technology Officer? Chief Information Officer?

How about a Chief Ethics Officer?

Across the world the recognition that having a dedicated person whose job it is to ensure the moral climate in the workplace varies. In Australia they are almost unknown, in Europe infrequent, in the USA commonplace (in large organizations).

So

What are they for? What do they do?

The overall goal of the Ethics Officer (EO) is to provide leadership in and, develop and manage resources that promote ethical behaviour and decision-making. The mission, vision, and values of an organization ought to be measured against these.

While the EO serves multiple stakeholders (employees, employers, customers, clients, etc.) they do not advocate for any particular stakeholder, but rather serves as an advocate for fair decision-making processes and the creation of a thriving moral workplace or community.

The EO has the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of an organization’s operations to ensure that they are consistent with the organization’s moral values.

 

For more detail on the nature and scope read The Ethics Officer.