He who pays the fiddler...
calls the tune. Your employer is paying you to do a job, do your job. Or quit. At least have that much integrity.
I take this code of conduct change to indicate that decisions about whose money to take will be made by senior management, thank you very much.
Of course, with stock options, employees have the feeling of ownership. Except that owning 1/100000'th of a company should not count for very much at all.