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Ethics are Everyone’s Business

Ethics Week at WoodmenLife is Aug. 7-11, but ethics are an important piece of what our organization does every day. Our associates are expected to hold themselves to high ethical standards, as these standards reflect our organization’s values and play a key role in maintaining WoodmenLife’s impeccable reputation.

But what constitutes ethical behavior?

Ethical behavior is acting in ways consistent with what society and individuals typically think are good values. It also involves demonstrating respect for moral principles including honesty, fairness, equality, dignity, diversity, and individual rights.

Good ethical conduct in the workplace shows that associates take pride in their organization’s ethical standards and have respect for their fellow associates, members, suppliers, and partners.

Associates who exemplify a model ethical code of conduct treat other people and their employer’s property with respect to ensure the reputation of their organization remains intact. People who act with integrity also create an atmosphere of fairness and equality in the workplace.

This behavior and atmosphere is something we encourage and promote at WoodmenLife every day of the year, not just for one week a year.

Our associates are also encouraged to report any unethical behavior they witness by talking to a supervisor or a member of Security, or through the use of the Anonymous Fraud, Ethics and EEO hotline number.

When it comes to ethics at WoodmenLife, our motto is: integrity starts with you.



Matt Ellis

On the weekends, you might find Matt Ellis in Chicago or playing a game of golf or tennis. But during the week, he serves WoodmenLife as Executive Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel. In this role, he leads the legal, compliance, security, privacy, and enterprise risk management areas of the organization. Additionally, since 2003 he has created and taught curriculum for Advanced Business Law as an Adjunct Professor at Creighton University.
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