Code of ethics

From Encyklopedia Administracji Publicznej

CODE OF ETHICS – a catalogue of standards of ethical behaviour in the form of a logically ordered set of ethical principles and norms, defining the procedures and behavior of employees in a given organisation. The catalogue can be enriched with indicated undesirable or prohibited behaviours in a particular organisation. In public administration, c.o.e. is a set of principles and values that set standards for the conduct of public officials in pursuit of public interest. The purpose of the c.o.e. is concretising, specifying ethic standards, matching the specifics of an organisation, and providing information about the organisation’s ethical orientation to the environment. In public administration, c.o.e.’s task is to disseminate behaviour and ethical attitudes among officials, which affects the improvement of administration activities and increases trust among the public. Strengthening the ethical attitudes of public administration employees increases the transparency of public sector operation and increases the quality of work of public sector entities [ A. Komar ].

Literature: J. Itrich-Drabarek, Etyka zawodowa funkcjonariuszy służb państwowych [Professional ethics of the state officials], Warszawa 2016 ■ T. Kowalski, Kodeks etyczny a kształtowanie zasad etycznych w administracji [The Code of Ethics and shaping of ethical principles in administration], „Studia Lubuskie” 2005, no. 1.