When I worked previously in the corporate world, I have been required to abide by a well defined corporate ethics policy. It was an expected way of doing business. I do not know whether it is a new sign of the times or a sign of the industry that I am in now, but I have had a hard time finding evidence that ethical principles are as widely followed as they were when I began my career.
I am a 26 year member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and members of this organization are bound by the IEEE Code of Ethics. As a result, no matter who my employer, customers or co-workers are, I personally pledge to follow these principles in all of my professional dealings. So during my recent job search, it came as great comfort to find that there are organizations that seek to make a profit but not at the expense of abandoning their ethics and integrity. So, I can continue to grow and mature in my career without having to break my pledge to the IEEE.