Realogy Holdings Corp., designated among the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute each of the last five years, is furthering its commitment to conducting business ethically and with integrity by sharing its best practices through articles, discussion facilitation and panel participation. Notably, Realogy President Richard A. Smith recently penned an article in Ethisphere Magazine, “Creating Enduring Value: The Advantages of Taking a Strategic Approach to Ethics,” which focused on Realogy’s efforts to enhance its ethics and compliance program through defined measurements and metrics.
“You need only look at the news headlines for an indication of the seriousness of issues facing companies that do not act in an ethical manner,” says Elisabeth Gehringer, Realogy’s chief ethics and compliance officer, who recently offered her perspective on the challenges in ethics on a panel at Seton Hall University. “It is important to go beyond simply having a company code of ethics. At Realogy, we strive to engage employees in our ethics program so that they have a clear understanding of how to conduct business with ethics and integrity each day.”
Gehringer also recently participated on a panel at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference, discussing corporate integrity and transparency.
“We believe that our commitment to fostering an ethical cultural provides us with a [substantial] competitive advantage in the marketplace,” Gehringer said.
Realogy, as well, recently welcomed a group of Fairleigh Dickinson University students to its headquarters in Madison, N.J. for a session on business ethics.
“In an internal survey last year, 99 percent of Realogy employees said that they feel they have a personal responsibility to make sure the company behaves ethically,” says Gehringer.
Realogy’s ethics and compliance program fosters training on the company’s Code of Ethics, which includes an industry-specific focus on the Real Estate Settlement & Procedures Act (RESPSA) and custom content reflecting current business and legal trends.
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