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Do you think that a code of business ethics is useful in this country?


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#1 Amy Denman

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დაწერილია 01 December, 2003 - 16:31

Do you, as business people think that implementing a code of business ethics in your business could be a useful exercise? What can Georgian managers and staff do to help implement Codes of Business Conduct?

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დაწერილია 04 December, 2003 - 16:13

Code of business ethichs can be considered as a very important tool for building "Family" in the organization. It is absolutely necessary in Georgia, I think, for the followign reasons.

People form very strong and long-lasting groups based on friends and relatives in Georgia. These are informal groups which do not consider the positions of separate individuals in the society. The relations between the memebers of these informal groups are very often much stronger than the relations within the organization. This is why, I think, Georgians face unstable unions (politics, etc) and relatively low loyalty to the organization. This is true in every sector of economy and the politics as well.

Building code of ethics represent basis for building "corporate soul" and it is also the first step to strengthen the relations within the formal groups - organizations. The long-term implications may be "corporate soul" in the organizations and the higher level of social responsibility in the Georgian society.

The question is do we have to loosen the traditionally strong informal groups to reinforce the formal groups in the organization? I do not think it will have positive effects. Then HOW do we build the code of ethics and Corporate Soul?

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დაწერილია 07 December, 2003 - 17:43

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The question is do we have to loosen the traditionally strong informal groups to reinforce the formal groups in the organization? I do not think it will have positive effects. Then HOW do we build the code of ethics and Corporate Soul?


I don't think we have to loosen the traditionally strong informal groups in order to create new ties or loyalties. Belonging to a so called clan (as is still the case in Georgia where helping friends and relatives is extremely important whether or not the "help" is legal) doesn't exclude one from also belonging to another group (business and colleagues).

Should we think of including a nepotism article in the Draft Code of Conduct? Or will this never fly in Georgia?

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დაწერილია 08 December, 2003 - 10:29

I agree to your point of view. I think it is absolutely necessary to establish the basis for corporate soul and to establish code of ethics in Georgia.

The only reservation I have is HOW the psychology of Georgians react to nepotism article.

If there are any psychologists participating in this conference I'd appreciate to hear their opinion on this issue as well.

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დაწერილია 08 December, 2003 - 12:33

I will send this topic and this specific question to several Georgians, to see if they think that a nepotism article would be "out of line" - also, I'd like to get the view of Elizabeth Ramborger and Igor Abramov who are working out of the US Department of Commerce on this issue

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დაწერილია 17 December, 2003 - 10:48

I agree with both of you. I think your points are so well defined. Zurab, Amy I think we have to ask Georgian ethno-psychologists to participate or at list to give us their opinion about the nepotism article.

As I see it, we have to have that article, but with consideration of Georgian traditions of doing business. I believe that it all depends how the article is introduced, there is nothing impossible, considering the vast of examples of different company experiences in the countries with very strong traditions. What we have to work on is to stress the importance of the nepotism article and make Georgian business people believe that it is very important for strong corporate culture formation.

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დაწერილია 17 December, 2003 - 20:25

I think the code of bussiness will be usefull if people of other level of society and business sphere wll be included in this project.[QUOTE]

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დაწერილია 18 December, 2003 - 14:44

Dear Tamara Bokuchava

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think we have to ask Georgian ethno-psychologists to participate or at list to give us their opinion about the nepotism article

I think as soon as the draft code will be ready, we need to show it to the mantioned specialists

Nina Kiknadze
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people of other level of society

Did you mean "other members of society"?

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დაწერილია 19 December, 2003 - 20:42

[Response from Igor Abramov and Elizabeth Ramborger, US Dept. of Commerce}

This has been a very interesting topic for us. Obviously family ties have different levels of importance in different societies, and this is a strong element of Georgian culture.

Business ethics doesn't necessarily prohibit employing family members or having a traditional "family-owned business." However, responsible business conduct dictates that enterprises should maintain equality in the workplace and treat all workers fairly. Our guiding principles suggest that: "enterprises exercise non-discrimination in the recruitment, compensation, and promotion of employees." This means that if you employ family members, they should be treated the same as other employees, and they should measure up to other employees in their qualifications (they should be hired because of their skills, not only their family connections). Running a business is about making a profit, and enterprises should ensure that if they are hiring family members they are doing what's best for the success of that enterprise.

An interesting practice in the US is for very successful executives to keep family members in the family business, but to require that they work their way up in the company. Sometimes owners and managers will require family members to take very junior positions in order to learn the business!

Of course, this discussion does not apply to the civil sector. Government agencies should have stringent hiring processes that do not allow for the hiring of relatives.



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