Compliance

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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Lessons from History and a Best Practices Compliance Program

I am on assignment in Oxford on a two-week study course, focusing on the Tudors. For the first week we focused on Richard III to the end of Henry VIII’s reign. Although Richard III was not a Tudor, we began with him to study...more

Hallmark 5-Communications and Training

I. Training - The communication of your anti-corruption compliance program is something that must be done on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness. The FCPA Guidance explains, “Compliance policies cannot work...more

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 4 [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at all ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program as set out in the FCPA Guidance. In this episode I review Hallmark 4-risk assessments....more

Understanding SBA's New Government-Wide Small Business Mentor-Protege Program

OVERVIEW - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program - Mechanics - Eligibility - Compliance Requirements - Application - All Small Business Joint Ventures - Other Important Rule Changes...more

E&C Training: Signs of Progress, But Challenges Remain

Ethics and compliance training is taking many positive strides, with companies focused on building ethical cultures and preventing crises before they happen. But there’s still a distance to go, as well, amid persistent budget...more

Hallmark 4- Risk Assessments

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999 the DOJ has said that risk assessments that measure the likelihood and severity of possible Foreign Corrupt...more

Hallmark 3 – Oversight, Autonomy and Resources

I. Autonomy - The DOJ has made clear over the years the importance of this hallmark. In the FCPA Guidance it states, “In appraising a compliance program, DOJ and SEC also consider whether a company has assigned...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 3 [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at all ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program as set out in the FCPA Guidance. In this episode I review Hallmark 3 - Oversight, Autonomy and Resources....more

Hallmark 2 – Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and Procedures

The cornerstone of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its written protocols. This includes a Code of Conduct, policies and procedures. In the FCPA Guidance, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

The Pitfalls of Using Technology to Improve Compliance Effectiveness; Cecelia Jefferson Explains [PODCAST]

Everybody has the intention of being committed to compliance, but when resources need to be devoted to compliance, the company’s true commitment comes into focus. Cecelia Jefferson is a strategic, multi-talented...more

Due Diligence Questions Chief Compliance Officers Should Ask In A Job Interview

The following guest post is by Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search. Earlier this month I posed a question to Chief Compliance Officers around the world: “Since today’s regulatory climate means...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 2 [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at all ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program as set out in the FCPA Guidance. In this episode I review Hallmark 2-Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

UK Regulator Introduces Financial Crime Reporting Obligations

The Financial Conduct Authority published final rules on financial crime reporting, which will introduce obligations for banks, large investment firms, building societies, mortgage lenders, large electronic money...more

5 Things Compliance Executives Need their Boards to Know

Boards of directors (or their delegated committees) typically allocate very little time to oversight of an organization’s ethics and compliance program during their packed board agendas. It is not at all unusual for the top...more

Hallmark 1 – Commitment from Senior Management and a Clearly Articulated Policy Against Corruption

Over the next two weeks I will be revisiting the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance program, as laid out in the 2012 A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ( FCPA Guidance) authored by the Criminal...more

Anti-Corruption, Sanctions and Export and Import Risks

Forgive me for overusing the term “convergence” but when the shoe fits, I say “wear it.” If you are managing corporate risks and responsible for securing export licenses, ensuring that you are complying with OFAC sanctions...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 1 [Video]

In this series, I review the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program. This episode premiers Hallmark No. 1....more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Building Capacity to Respond to Stakeholder Demands

This is the second in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. CSR is dynamic: it is responsive to...more

Compliance is a Business

Compliance is a business. That statement should not come as a shock or even a surprise to anyone who has worked in the corporate world. Every part of a business should work towards doing business. Yet many compliance...more

Private Company Employee Stock Sales Highlight Hidden Dangers of Compliance Failures

We noted with interest the latest moves by some Bay Area tech giants to permit their employees to sell restricted stock to help them realize the stock value as part of their compensation: See New York Times reporting here. ...more

How Ricoh USA, Inc. Reaped the Benefits of Expanded Hotline Reporting

Today's post features guest author Jami Segota, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law from Ricoh USA, Inc. Learn how Ricoh turned their ethics and compliance program into a powerful cross-departmental...more

Yates, Whistleblowers and FCPA Pilot Project: Re-Examining Your Internal investigation Protocols

Companies face an ever-changing constellation of risks, enforcement priorities and demands for internal controls and compliance program elements. As more resources are poured into government enforcement programs, companies...more

Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part III

This week I have been exploring the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Today, I want to consider the actions taken by Key Energy to obtain the very good resolution the...more

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