I dug this old thing out for a paper I am working on. Enron is an ancient story, but as we see the wave of scandals rolling through, I think it is important to once again remember how much hypocrisy and pure dishonesty spews out of organizations at times. Part of the story is the weird phenomenon that we talk about in The Knowing-Doing Gap, that talk is sometimes treated as a substitute for action, that by saying the right thing it somehow excuses people from actually doing it. Attached is a 60+ page pdf from The Smoking Gun of Enron's Code of Ethics, dated July, 2000. It starts with a foreword from the late Kenneth Lay, who was back to being CEO by then, which opens with this sentence:
"As officers and employees of the Enron Corp., its subsidiaries, and its affiliated companies, we are responsible for conducting the business affairs of the companies in accordance with all applicable laws and in a moral and honest manner."
In reading this, I start to wonder, what does the code of ethics in Bernie Madoff's company look like? Also, this is a very detailed document, as I said over 60 pages. My hypothesis is that the longer a code of ethics in a company, the more likely they are too be sleazeballs. As I've heard my father-in-law say many times, when people talk about ethics and morals more than seems necessary, his impulse is hide the good silverware.
Here is the Download for Enron ethics