The company I chose from the list is the Chipotle Mexican Grill. I chose Chipotle because I admire the company’s code of conduct. In this paper, I will select key areas of Chipotle’s code of conduct that are of significant importance to the business. Next, I will explain the key steps that Chipotle should take to ensure that employees follow the code of conduct. Finally, I will suggest three ways in which Chipotle can engage in socially responsive activities in the community within which it operates.
Keywords: code of conduct, business, community
Describe key areas of the selected company's code of conduct that are of significant importance to the business, and explain why.
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When being involved in a business, it is extremely important to practice professionalism. Professionalism shows character.
Ethical communication states that our employees must not partake in and avoid exaggeration, colorful language, guesswork, and derogatory characterizations of people and their motives. Chipotle’s Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Policy states that employees
are expected to use good judgment, adhere to high ethical standards, and avoid situations that create an actual or perceived conflict between your personal interests and those of Chipotle (Code of Conduct, 2010).
The reason professionalism, ethical communication and Chipotle’s Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Policy are important because each employee is a reflection of the company; and we put a lot of trust in our employees to do the right thing, utilize appropriate language, and tell the truth. Outside Business Activities/Investments, Electronic Communications and Information, Recording and Reporting Information is also key for Chipotle.
As an employee, you must not receive compensation from competitors, suppliers, vendors, or business entities with whom you are conducting business on behalf of Chipotle. You must avoid financial involvement, outside employment, or any other business undertaking that is competitive with, or prejudicial to, the best interests of Chipotle. Our records are critical in meeting our financial, legal, and business obligations. Dishonesty or carelessness in recording or reporting information, either inside or outside the Company, is not only strictly prohibited, but could lead to civil and criminal liability for you and for Chipotle (Code of Conduct, 2010). These three key areas are important because they require commitment to the company and involves financial, legal, and business integrity.
The last key areas that is part of our code of conduct is our Anti-Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy, and Compliance with the Code. At Chipotle’s, we do encourage nor tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. We strive to make this company a safe and friendly environment for not only our customers, but also our employees. Ultimately, compliance with the code is critical because it shows that the applicant or employee understands the rules and policies within Chipotle.
Explain the key steps that the company should take to ensure that employees follow the code of conduct.
For Chipotle, there are key steps that we should take to ensure that our employees follow the code of conduct. The steps I would utilize are the induction package, one-on-one training, online training courses, company intranet, employee handbook, conduct feedbacks from the employees, and have the employees sign a documentation stating that they understand and comply with the policy.
Induction training is a chance for employers and new employees to review and understand expectations...