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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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The Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning 2016 run of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) decisions with the announcement of the resolution of the Embraer SA...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part II

Yesterday I began a two-part series on the Department of Justice (DOJ’s) “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Evaluation) posted on the Fraud Section website late last week. The document is an 11-part list of...more

The FCPA Pilot Program Disciplinary Standards (Part II of II)

Returning to the FCPA Pilot Project requirements for timely and appropriate remediation, the Justice Department added three new elements, one of which reinforces the CCO “independence” requirement. The two other elements for...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part I

I guess Matt Kelly cannot leave his journalist roots for it was he who broke the story within the greater compliance community that the Department of Justice (DOJ) very quietly released a document, entitled “Evaluation of...more

DOJ Fraud Section Unveils Blueprint for Assessing Corporate Compliance Programs

In the year and a half that has transpired since the DOJ's Fraud Section retained a compliance consultant to assist prosecutors' evaluation of compliance programs, compliance officers, general counsels and white-collar...more

Unpacking the Justice Department’s Compliance Remediation Standards (Part I of II)

The Justice Department has a lot to be proud about when it comes to its FCPA enforcement program. In one area in particular – promoting effective ethics and compliance strategies – DOJ’s FCPA prosecutors have played a...more

A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

Board Governance and Risk Oversight

One of the ongoing questions from members of Board of Directors is how to resolve the tension between oversight and managing. I recently had the opportunity to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of...more

Effective Ethics and Compliance Training

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Leadership Lessons from Mutiny on the Bounty

In honor of February and its traditional run up to the Oscars, in my podcast on business leadership, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership, I am exploring leadership lessons from Oscar-winning Best Pictures. In...more

External Perception of Your Internal Culture Is a Big Deal: What Uber’s Problems Have Taught Us about Reputation

Ethics and compliance officers might often feel like your company’s corporate culture gets tied into knots, with so many groups imposing demands on your organization’s behavior. But really, a better turn of phrase here...more

Compliance Lessons from Super Bowl LI

Tom Brady is now Number 2 on the all-time list for hoisting the NFL Championship Trophy. Number One on the list is still Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham with six, including four from the All-American Football...more

Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel Relationships

I am often asked my opinion whether a general counsel can also serve in the role of compliance officer. At first blush, it seems the general counsel would be a perfect fit for the role because of general knowledge of...more

How to Nurture a Speak-Up Culture in the Era of Speak-Up Apps

If ethics & compliance officers ever needed one more reason to embrace a speak-up culture, here it is: thanks to modern technology, employees are already speaking among themselves more loudly than ever before....more

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC’s first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations. In April 2016, the DOJ’s...more

The Trump Administration-Part III: Preparing for a Catastrophe

Writing in her weekly New York Times (NYT) Fair Game column, in a piece entitled “The Trump Effect: Time To Buckle Up”, Gretchen Morgenson noted, “investors are now scratching their heads trying to figure out what his...more

The Trump Administration-Part II: Failures in Leadership and Management

Yesterday, I considered how the actions of the new administration are creating chaos for US businesses. Today I will consider the Muslim refugee ban and the miss-steps the new administration used in its design, execution and...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...more

Risk in Compliance Week: Part V – So What?

This week I have devoted my blog posts to thinking about the management of risk by considering the tools of forecasting, risk assessment and risk-based monitoring. I have been assisted on this journey by Ben Locwin, Director...more

Day 25 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn [Video]

Many Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance practitioners struggle with metrics to demonstrate revenue generation. Most of the time, such functions are simply viewed as non-revenue generating cost drags on business....more

Lessons Learned and Compliance Trends from the VW and Takata Scandals (Part III of III)

When unraveling a major corporate scandal, especially multi-year schemes involving senior executives, the blame game or lessons learned approach can easily turn into a fruitless exercise. The VA and Takata scandals are...more

The Difference Between Being Right and Doing Right

Not long ago I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement actions against companies that include pretaliation clauses in their employment contracts. I posted the article online, and one compliance...more

What is Your Ethical Culture?

The indictments last week of executives from Tanaka and Volkswagen roiled many in the business world and ethics and compliance arena. Coming on the heels of the Wells Fargo scandal, one might wonder how corporations can stop...more

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

Honey, I Think We Should Vacation at Home This Year

That may well be the line most used by Volkswagen (VW) executives after the arrest of their fellow executive, Oliver Schmidt, this past week at the Miami airport. According to an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled...more

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