Ethics Culture Assessment

Why is it important to assess the ethical state of the department? Some objectives include:
To assess the level of compliance with national norms and standards in respect of
combating and prevention of corruption
To assess the effectiveness of professional ethics and anti-corruption measures in the
To assess the effectiveness of existing anti-corruption structures
To identify the difficulties and weaknesses with respect to the prevention and combating
of corruption in the department
To recommend effective mechanisms for the management and promotion of
professional ethics in the department
Governments departments are expected to comply with legislation and other government
regulations. Assessment of organisational ethical culture in the public service department
should be based on the following:
Public Service code of conduct
Batho Pele principles
Minimum Anti-Corruption Capacity Requirements
Departmental specific values
Other applicable legislation, regulation and policies
The aim of an Ethics Culture Assessment should be to establish the key areas on which
management needs to focus to build an ethical department. Leadership effectiveness and
Process integrity could be used as part of "what should be assessed".