Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett

NAVEX Global

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After the Report: 4 Critical Best Practices for Protecting & Respecting Internal Whistleblowers

One essential element of a strong whistleblower reporting system is often overlooked: communications with reporters—whether reporting anonymously or not—after they have logged their issue or concern. Reporters who feel that...more

6/22/2016 - Compliance Ethics Internal Communications Internal Reporting Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Goldman Sachs Cheating Scandal: Lessons for Your Compliance Training Program

The recent Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan cheating scandals teach us some valuable lessons about compliance training. In these headline cases, newly hired junior analysts were caught cheating on internal compliance-related tests...more

11/9/2015 - Compliance Employee Training Ethics Goldman Sachs JPMorgan Chase Scandals

Fantasy Sports Scandal Shows Importance of E&C Programs for Growing Companies

A recent scandal rocking the daily sports fantasy industry is another example that shows why companies—particularly young, growing companies—need ethics and compliance programs. Without them, it’s a good bet problems will...more

10/28/2015 - Compliance Emerging Growth Companies Ethics Fantasy Sports Risk Assessment

Real Guidance (Finally) On the Compliance Oversight Role of Boards

New guidance for boards of directors on what it means to have “reasonable oversight” for the implementation and effectiveness of corporate compliance programs could signal the beginning of a global trend towards more—and more...more

6/24/2015 - Audits Bank of England Board of Directors Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Culture Corporate Governance Corporate Integrity Agreement Ethics Federal Sentencing Guidelines Healthcare Provider Corporations HHS OIG Regulatory Oversight

That Really Happened? Using Sanitized Cases to Make Ethics & Compliance Concepts Real

Learn how and why to incorporate anonymized ethics and compliance cases into your ethics and compliance program to make E&C concepts real to employees. There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about the use of sanitized...more

6/18/2015 - Compliance Ethics Risk Mitigation Training

Cultivating a Culture of Compliance eBook

A strong ethical culture is the foundation of a successful compliance program. It is also among the most difficult program elements to define, establish, and maintain over time. Produced by Compliance Week in cooperation...more

4/27/2015 - Code of Conduct Compliance Corporate Culture Dodd-Frank Ethics Internal Controls

Do Your Confidentiality and Employment Agreements Violate SEC Whistleblower Protection Rules?

As the SEC takes aim at whistleblower “pretaliation” (attempts to muzzle whistleblowers via confidentiality and other employment agreements—overt or otherwise) ethics and compliance officers need to take practical steps to...more

4/7/2015 - Compliance Confidentiality Agreements Corporate Counsel Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Ethics Internal Investigations Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblowers

Building a Culture-Changing E&C Program: Six Essentials

Compliance programs are effective only to the degree that they help build and support a strong organizational culture. So what does a strong corporate culture look like? And what ethics and compliance tools can help support...more

2/19/2015 - Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Culture Ethics Leadership

Ethics in Pharmaceutical Sales: Strengthening Corporate Culture and Preventing False Claims Act Violations

“I didn’t set out to commit a crime. I certainly didn’t set out to hurt anyone… I was kind of a hero, because I helped the company make its numbers every quarter. And I thought I was doing a good thing. I thought I was...more

1/20/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Culture Ethics False Claims Act (FCA) Pharmaceutical Industry Popular

2015 Trends: #3 Culture (Still) Trumps Compliance

We asked industry experts, colleagues and compliance officers what they believe will be the top issues impacting workplace ethics and corporate compliance programs in 2015. We gathered their best thinking and prepared our...more

1/12/2015 - Compliance Corporate Culture Ethics General Motors Manufacturing Defects Social Media Sports Technology Universities Veterans Administration Workplace Investigations

Tools & Tips to Help Your Organization Create a Happy, Ethical & Compliant Holiday Season

If you have HR or ethics and compliance responsibilities in your organization, the annual escalation of risks during the holiday season often falls to you to manage. In this article we’ve compiled some practical steps you can...more

11/26/2014 - Corporate Counsel

Hospitals Have No Room for Error on Policy & Procedure Communications during Fast-Moving Public Health Crises

In 2006, it was Avian flu. In 2009, it was H1N1, also known as swine flu. This year, it’s Ebola. When fast-moving public health crises hit, one issue that always comes under intense scrutiny is a hospitals’ ability to...more

10/30/2014 - Ebola Employer Liability Issues Healthcare Hospitals

The Research Is In: Busy People Are Less Compliant

Demanding work environments are common today. But new research has identified a previously hidden cost to pressure-filled organizations, says Gretchen Gavett of the Harvard Business Review: “neglecting those secondary tasks...more

9/19/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Corporate Culture Ethics

Practitioners Share Their Top Ethics & Compliance Training Objective -- And It's Not What You Might Expect

Ninety percent of survey respondents from NAVEX Global's 2014 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Report, cited their top ethics and compliance training objective as “Create a culture of ethics and respect.” This was...more

8/1/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Ethics Training

Are We Giving Up on Ethics & Compliance Programs?

The recently released 13th Global Fraud Survey from EY notes that, despite an aggressive enforcement environment focused on fraud, bribery and corruption, “the percentage of companies that have anti-bribery/anti-corruption...more

7/28/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Ethics

NAVEX Global 2014 Training Benchmarking Report Webinar: Top Takeaways & Questions

We recently hosted a webinar, “Priorities, Practices and Trends in Training” to discuss the findings from our NAVEX Global 2014 Ethics and Compliance Training Benchmark Report. Some of the key findings from the report,...more

7/22/2014 - Benchmarks Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers Employer Liability Issues Ethics Training

How Does Your Ethics & Compliance Training Measure Up?

For the last five years, NAVEX Global has been proud to provide the industry’s best and most statistically accurate hotline benchmarking data. Our annual reports are a trusted resource for ethics and compliance officers,...more

6/24/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Ethics Training

Chief Compliance Officers in the Crosshairs

Liability is something chief compliance officers have secretly worried about since the role was first created. They often joke, grimly, about becoming the “designated felon.” The joke may have been more prescient than...more

5/30/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Enforcement Actions Professional Liability

Growing Challenge: Managing Third Parties within the Banking Industry

The challenge of managing third party relationships has expanded within the banking industry. In guidance issued last year by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the scope of such relations has grown to...more

3/24/2014 - OCC Third-Party Risk

You Collect Conflict of Interest Disclosures – Then What?

It has become industry best practice to collect conflict of interest disclosures. Usually, organizational codes of conduct require all employees to disclose any potential conflicts of interest (COIs) they may have with their...more

2/21/2014 - Conflicts of Interest Disclosure

Retaliation is Flourishing: What You Can Do about It

New data on workplace retaliation is out from two key sources – the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) and the EEOC. Despite fewer incidents of witnessed misconduct and fewer overall charges filed with the EEOC in 2013, reports of...more

2/10/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues Retaliation

The Wisdom (or Folly) of Tracking Employees’ Training Scores

We often have conversations with peers and clients discussing the best way to evaluate whether people are really learning from ethics and compliance training. The measure would be one way to gage training effectiveness, an...more

1/16/2014 - Training

Should Employees be Allowed to Work from Home?

When Yahoo and Best Buy announced that employees would no longer be allowed to work from home, the response was immediate – and split. The debate was echoed in a recent Time Magazine editorial....more

12/11/2013 - Flexible Work Arrangements

Fighting the “Feel Good” from Cheating

News flash: Cheating gets you high. A recent study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by researchers at the University of Washington, the London Business School, Harvard and the University of...more

10/14/2013 - Compliance Corporate Counsel Ethics

Eating the Elephant – Planning an Ethics & Compliance Curriculum

Recently I facilitated a pre-conference workshop at the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association’s 21st Annual Ethics & Compliance Conference in Chicago that focused on cutting down the sizable job of designing a good...more

10/10/2013 - Compliance Ethics Training

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