The organisation’s means of achieving its objectives are curtailed by laws and regulations. In addition to the external constraints of the organisation it is necessary for it to align itself with its own ethical principles. Ethical principles should be such that they safeguard the realisation of strategic objectives, taking into account both internal and external expectations: "Why and on which specific issues should our business ethics be ensured and strengthened?"
In a nutshell, lean operational culture is concerned with maximising the production of value while minimising waste, thereby creating more for less for the customer. What is special about this way of thinking is the fact that the purpose is not to achieve productivity improvements by making people work faster, but rather to find ways and means to work smarter and to waste less time and effort. The essence of lean is in operational culture, in which the workload, the effectiveness of processes and inefficiencies are discussed openly, and developed incessantly.