Lessons learned from a review of 100 standards of conduct

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Have you ever read or compared 100 Standards of Conduct (SOC)? As is widely known in the compliance field, a SOC’s importance is unparalleled. As the constitution of a compliance program, it outlines the organization’s major policies and sets expectations for its workforce and business partners.

In this article, we will share data collected from a review SOC of 100 healthcare organizations in the U.S. The objective was to examine and compare different aspects of SOCs to see what we could learn from their content. Using a data-based, data-driven approach, we compare and contrast SOCs.

It is essential that we keep in mind the purpose of the SOC, which is to define the organization’s appropriate and ethical way of doing business. As one an organization’s most significant documents, it shows what is important and how it aligns with its mission, vision, and values. In our review, common themes were evident. However, every organization has its own unique values that align with their cultures. The purpose of our review was to highlight the key items that can help define and improve your SOC.

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