Most people in a group have a sense of what makes the group a group.
Work group cultures are known by something that resembles a mission statement (usually sent down from above).
Community groups have a common goal (usually spelt out in the name of the group).
Sporting groups appear to be easiest: its the sport! However not is all as it seems.
What is more difficult is to spell out, in explicit terms, the moral climate of the group. This is the job of an ethics culture assessment.
In ethics culture assessments I make examine and make explicit several things: what each member of the group believes is the shared morality of the group, what the public statements of the group mean, and whether these two agree. I examine all documents such as mission statements, codes of (ethics, conduct, and behaviour), and, rules, constitutions, and other legalistic pronouncements. I talk with each and every member of the group. If this is not possible then any resulting code is not a proper code.
Ethics culture assessments are necessary for any group to know if their public face is consistent across all members of the group and if their private face is agreed to by all in the group. If these are not true then either; the group disbands, the ethos of the group changes, or the membership of the group changes. In any case an ethics culture assessment is essential for any group to ensure group harmony (morally) and for the group to face the future as a group.