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“THE FIRST STEP IN THE

EVOLUTION OF ETHICS IS A

SENSE OF SOLIDARITY WITH

OTHER HUMAN BEINGS”

ALBERT SCHWEITZER

The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission

The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission

“Because we value the public’s confidence and trust in our services and its decision- makers, our character and behaviors must meet the most demanding ethical standards and demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in following this code.” – Preamble to the Shared Code of Ethics & Values

The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is currently made up of the Cities of Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Hobart, Portage, Valparaiso and Whiting; the Towns of Burns Harbor, Cedar Lake, Chesterton, Dyer, Hebron, Highland, Lake Station, Lowell, Merrillville, Munster, Ogden Dunes, Schererville, St. John and Westville and the Counties of Lake, LaPorte and Porter.

All Commission participants promote ethical behavior in the workplace and have adopted the standards recognized by the Commission.

Please review the links to the left to find out more on who we are, what we stand for and how your respective community can become involved.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact: President@sharedethics.com

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The Preamble to the Shared Code of Ethics & Values

“The proper operation of the government of our communities requires that all the official representatives be effective, independent, objective and accountable to the people they serve.  To ensure these qualities are upheld, the communities have adopted this Code of Ethics and Values to promote and maintain the highest standards of personal and professional conduct in our respective communities. 

All elected and appointed officials, employees, volunteers, and others who participate in our government are required to subscribe to this Code, understand how it applies to their specific responsibilities and practice these core values in their work. 

Because we value the public’s confidence and trust in our services and its decision- makers, our character and behaviors must meet the most demanding ethical standards and demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in following this code

What is the Shared Code?

The Shared Code of Ethics defines a core set of values and behaviors toward which we aspire.

The Code rests on four sets of foundation values:
  1.  HONESTY & INTEGRITY
  2.  RESPECT & CIVILITY
  3.  ACCOUNTABILITY & RESPONSIBILITY
  4.  FAIRNESS & JUSTICE
Municipalities are responsible for the practical means of aligning their own policies and procedures with these values, and to appropriately address breaches of them.
The Shared Ethics Commission does not have enforcement powers, but is designed to foster ethical behavior through education and training.

Why Should a Community Join?

Local government entities are encouraged to join and commit themselves to an ethically-based administration within their own communities and also help build an ethical culture throughout Northwest Indiana.

Membership in the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission:

       Signals to employees and constituents the high value placed  on honest and effective government 

      Provides access to training, materials and colleagues to assist  in the identification and resolution of common ethical issues  facing government leaders 

     Communicates to others that your local government intends to be part of a new generation of leadership and responsible stewardship within Northwest Indiana.

What is Involved in Joining?

Adopting our standard inter local agreement and the Shared Code of Ethics and Values by action of your Common Council.

Naming a volunteer representative to serve the Advisory Commission.  This non-paid representative commits to attending: 

      Meetings held every other month

      Subcommittee meetings and other occasional activities

Conducting regular ethics training for employees based on Commission curricula.

Paying a modest annual fee, based on employee population.  100% of these fees are used to support training and public awareness of ethics in government.