Effective FCPA Compliance and Ethics Training

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“Conducting effective training programs” is listed in the 2005 Federal Sentencing Guidelines as one of the factors the Department of Justice will take into account when a company accused of an Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation is being evaluated for a sentence reduction. In addition to the Sentencing Guidelines, compliance professionals have also noted the importance of training to handle ethical and compliance issues which arise. In its results of its 2009 Survey on “Anticipating and Planning for the Next Big Compliance Issue”, the SCCE participants responded that effective training was “an essential part of the solution.”

An effective training program will incorporate all learning tools available to reach the widest target audience possible. An individual’s understanding of the rules is always important but it should be grounded in a company’s ethical corporate culture. Coupled together, these Approaches listed in Part I, together with types of training discussed in Part II, should embolden employees to make the right decision even if they cannot remember a specific rule governing a situation. More importantly, such effective training provides knowledge about what an employee can and cannot do when confronted those ‘grey areas’ that exist in the real world of international business.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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