A corporate official who monitors the ethical conduct of employees.
One former ethics officer said one ethics program failed to catch on at a company whose married president was dating his secretary. “It made the whole message kind of hollow,“ the officer said.
—Tina Kelley, “Charting a Course to Ethical Profits,“ The New York Times, February 8, 1998
There are encouraging signs the latter assessment may be more accurate, that the prevailing corporate ethic of competitively driven self-interest is changing. During the past few years, for example, all kinds of companies have created ethics committees, hired ethics officers and adopted ethics codes.
—Roy Culpeper, “Doing the right thing,“ The Financial Post, May 16, 1998
Wruble estimated that roughly 11,000 persons would have to file disclosures with ethics offices designated by each government agency.
Under the law, the disclosures are to be made public within 15 days of filing. Ethics “officers“ are supposed to review each disclosure for compliance with the law.
—Fred Barbash, “Ethics Filing to Start Tomorrow,“ The Washington Post, May 14, 1979