A cynical look from Dilbert at corporate culture creation:
Some of the comments to the comic reinforce this cynical view of corporate values (and ethics):
Just Brilliant! i had a boss who always preached in a code of ethics and values, but when it came to him he was always excused. Quoting him it was – “for the greater good” or “my experience tells me that in this case it can be ignored”. “Values” are a subjective term, flowing down a corporate hierarchy, with the ones on top enforcing them onto their “minions”.
It’s not about stating what values and ethics should be. It’s what values and ethics are evidenced by the actions of your company’s employees at all levels in the organization.