The Failure to Escalate or It Didn't Make Sense

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In almost every circumstance where a significant FCPA or Bribery Act compliance violation has arisen, if the issue had been reported or at least sent up the chain for consideration, there is a good chance that the incident would not have exploded into a full FCPA compliance violation. Matthew King, Group Head of Internal Audit at HSBC calls this concept “escalation” and he believes that one of the more key features of any successful compliance program is to escalate compliance concerns up the chain for consideration and/or resolution.

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