Compliance Chief Compliance Officers

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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Defining the Duty of the Board of Directors over Compliance Functions

I recently posted a blog article about a document released by the Department of Justice entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs.” As the title of the document might suggest, the DOJ release covers a variety of issues it...more

Leadership Lessons from the Movies

Today, I wanted to consider some of the recent leadership lessons I have explored on my podcast, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership. In the series, host Richard Lummis and myself, mined some of our favorite...more

Legal and Compliance Coordination – An Essential Foundation to an Effective Compliance Program (Part IV of IV)

Here is a profound grasp of the obvious – Lawyers can be difficult people. Some like to condemn the profession in its entirety (and carry with them a collection of lawyer jokes). As an attorney, I beg to differ. Many...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

This week I have been considering the LRN Corporation’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (LRN Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to conclude by using the Report as a road...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part II

Yesterday I began a series on the LRN Corporation’s (LRN) 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to focus on its detailed findings as it...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA

I want to consider the impending opening of Cuba to US business, what you can do now and what you must wait for until the embargo is lifted; all from the perspective of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Operationalizing Compliance – Natural Partners and Breaking Down Walls (Part I of IV)

An effective compliance program is built on internal coordination and relationships. Applying the Justice Department’s terminology, an effective compliance program is one that is operationalized. At first glance, you may...more

Managing Your Ethical Culture: Measure, Intervene and Remediate

In the wake of ever-constant business scandals (e.g. ZTE, VW, Takata, Odebrecht), chief compliance officers have to refresh their approach and strategy. Everyone agrees, or at least I think they should agree, that a company’s...more

Use of Social Media In a Best Practices Compliance Program

Why should you integrate social media into your compliance program? In a compliance program, a large portion of your consumers/customers are your employees. Social media presents some excellent mechanisms to communicate the...more

Creation of Roundabout and Operationalization of Compliance

Readers of this blog know of my love for progressive rock music and that my favorite prog rock group is Yes. You might understand how thrilled I was when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), of all places, ran an interview with...more

Operationalizing Compliance – How to Reframe the Issue

One of the biggest requirements for a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner is to be a problem solver. Most of us are asked to help solve problems on an almost continuous basis. This leads to one failing...more

The Fall of the Alamo and Empowerment of the Compliance Professional

Today is the anniversary of the most historic day of many in the history of the great state of Texas, the date of the fall of the Alamo. While March 2, Texas Independence Day, is when Texas declared its independence from...more

DOJ Publishes New Guidance for Compliance Programs

On February 8, 2017, the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) published a guide for companies called “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “Guidance”). The Guidance is composed of common...more

The General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions right up to the end of the year with the announcement...more

DOJ issues additional guidance on how it evaluates corporate compliance programs

In a notable but quiet development, the Department of Justice's Fraud Section recently issued additional information about how DOJ prosecutors evaluate a business's compliance program "in conducting an investigation …,...more

DOJ Sheds Light on How it Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

Earlier this month, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance on how it evaluates corporate compliance programs when investigating a corporate entity, deciding whether to bring charges,...more

Crick, Watson and DNA in Compliance

Of all the discoveries made in the 20th century one of the most tectonic was the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes, by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and...more

How Effective is Your Corporate Compliance Program?

On February 8, the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) posted on its website a document entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs” (the “Guidance”). This is the first formal guidance issued by the...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation: the Role of the CCO (Part II of IV)

DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation highlights important trends in the role and independence of the Chief Compliance Officer. DOJ has stopped short of requiring direct reporting of a CCO to a CEO or other senior officer but it is...more

Bon Jovi, Social Media and Listening in Your Compliance Program

For every CCO or compliance practitioner, you have multiple audiences. First and foremost is your employee base but there can be third parties, shareholder or other stakeholders. One of the key insights of a number of...more

Under the Dark of Night, DOJ Moves the Compliance Ball (Part I of IV)

In an unusual move, the Justice Department issued an important document in the dead of night – Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs. We have no explanation from the Justice Department for the issuance of this...more

Horse-trading Your Way to a Better Compliance Program

On this day in 1836, Colonel William Barrett Travis issued his now famous call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo. It has gone down as one of the great cries for freedom-loving peoples everywhere. The...more

DOJ Issues New, Practical Guidance on Effective Corporate Compliance Programs

On February 8th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section issued new guidance on how it evaluates the effectiveness of a corporate compliance program when conducting an investigation of a corporation....more

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

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