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Gulliver’s Travels, Truth or Fiction?

There was once a man named Gulliver who traveled widely and wrote a book about his adventures called Gulliver’s Tales. During his first voyage, Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a...more

Whistleblower Laws Increasingly Vital for Government Enforcement Efforts

In 2014, a crewman aboard a Japanese cargo ship videotaped the vessel illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and later turned the tape over to the U.S. Coast Guard. One year later, the resulting $1.8 million penalty for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 135, Kevin Brady on the process of sales for the compliance practitioner [Video]

In this episode I visit with noted sales process expert Kevin Brady who discussed sales as a process and how the compliance practitioner can use these concepts in communicating the message of compliance to an employee base. ...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

A summary of a private equity firm’s compliance obligations, a discussion of notable developments in 2014 and highlights of the SEC’s examination priorities for 2015. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the...more

7 More Ways To Make Your Employees Gush Over Your Code Of Conduct

Just before Valentine’s Day, we published the first part of our “14 Ways to Make Your Employees Fall In Love With Your Code of Conduct” series. As Lori Tansey Martens, President and Founder of the International Business...more

New Coke and Technological Solutions as a Response to the Economic Downturn

Earlier this week, Donald R. Keough died. He was the leader of Coca-Cola, who pressed for and introduced the infamous New Coke to the world in 1985 and then the return of the original formula just 10 weeks later. Since I was...more

Doctor “No” Versus Doctor Practical

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. — Mark Twain Years ago (seems like eons), I wrote a column lamenting lawyers and compliance professionals who operate by telling their...more

Doing Less with Less and the Unification of Germany

I am attending the SCCE Utilities and Energy Conference in Houston this week. As usual, the SCCE has put on a great event for the compliance practitioner. This year there is live blogging by Kortney Nordum so there should be...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 134, Judge Rakoff, Judge Leon and their comments on DPAs, with the FCPA Professor [Video]

In this episode, the FCPA Professor and myself continue our exploration of DPAs and NPAs through the recent book review of Judge Rakoff and rejection of a DPAs by Judge Leon in an export control case. ...more

The Time is Now for Every Company to Conduct Culture Audits

Companies and CCOs are starting to get the message – the best and most effective control against code and legal violations is a culture of ethics and compliance. Those are high-minded ideals for high-level executives....more

Victory or Death: William Barret Travis and the Obligations of a CCO

Today in 1836, Alamo commander William Barret Travis issued his famous ‘Victory or Death’ plea for reinforcements. It was short so I quote it in full: To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World...more

Avoiding Silos: Bringing Together the Key Compliance Players

One of my favorite SNL skits from years ago was John Belushi as Henry Kissing, singing “Getting to Know You” with his arms around Menachem Begin and Yasser Arafat – a true classic. The same can be said for the compliance...more

An “Effective” Compliance Program is Not a Perfect One

The golden ring for every chief compliance officer is an “effective” ethics and compliance program. But if you ask a CCO if the company’s compliance program is ”effective,” they will bow their heads and reluctantly admit,...more

Assessing Internal Controls, Part III

In this blog post I conclude my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

Assessing Internal Compliance Controls – Part II

In this blog post I continue my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

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

Assessing Compliance Internal Controls – Part I

I have recently detailed the COSO 2013 Framework in the context of a best practices compliance regime. However there is one additional step you will need to take after you design and implement your internal controls. That...more

Understanding the Different Mandates Between Legal and Compliance February 3 2015 [Video]

With the rise of the compliance function in corporate governance, chief compliance officers and general counsels have had to define their responsibilities and coordinate their activities. To do so, chief compliance officers...more

Third Party Audits: Biting the Bullet

The next compliance frontier in anti-corruption enforcement is third-party audits. We have spent the last few years fashioning third-party audit contractual provisions to define when and how such audits can be conducted. ...more

Future of Corporate Monitors

No company wants a corporate monitor. If you ask any General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer or Chief Executive Officer, they can list an infinite number of alternative punishments they would rather suffer than have a...more

Next-Level Engagement and the Employee Code of Conduct

You already know that employee engagement is critical – not just for better performance on the job, but also for the health of the company’s culture. Engaged, happy employees are more likely to foster a positive, ethical work...more

Gary Owens, Laugh-In and Accountability in Your Compliance Program

If you were alive at all during the 1960s, you will recall that one of the cultural phenomenon’s was NBC’s television show Laugh-In. It was brought to you from the NBC studios in beautiful downtown Burbank and featured one...more

Making the Case for Compliance Training for Third Parties

How to make the case for implementing third party compliance training in your organization. A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle profiled Jay Jorgensen, the new Global Chief of Compliance at Walmart. The...more

14 Ways To Make Your Employees Fall In Love With Your Code Of Conduct: Part One

We recently kicked off the year by hosting two ethics and compliance events in Charlotte and Nashville. Lori Tansey Martens, President and Founder of the International Business Ethics Institute, spoke to an exclusive group of...more

The Compliance Revolution and Improving Board Oversight

We all know there has been a sea change in the compliance profession. No longer are compliance professionals relegated to the backwater of corporate governance. Instead, they are now front and center and being asked to design...more

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