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Corporate Culture

Time for Compliance to Take a Stand

by Thomas Fox on

Chuck Duross has called the compliance profession “The Alamo” of corporate America, in that sometimes you must take a stand, draw a line in the sand and make the ultimate commitment to your values. Based upon the events in...more

A Chief Compliance Officer's Guide to Investigations

by Thomas Fox on

Tom Fox in conversation with Jonathan Marks, who has laid out a concrete way for CCOs and c-level executives to think through how to plan an investigation, staff it properly and meet the inevitable challenges. ...more

Focusing on the Mission While Watching Macro Trends

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The flow of media coming at us reminds us that we continue to live in the challenging times that began in 2007. For our clients and companies, we can provide effective leadership and advice by maintaining focus on our...more

Leadership Lessons from James Madison

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my leadership series based upon the lives of US Presidents by looking at leadership lessons from the fourth President, James Madison. Madison lived a life full enough for several people. He served as both a member...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Buffett’s decided to sell his massive 10.6 million share stake in General Electric, withdrawing from the company to which he lent roughly $3 billion to help see it through the 2008 financial crisis....more

Wake Up and Mind Your Culture — Practical Approaches to Managing a Company’s Culture

by Michael Volkov on

Ethical culture is the flavor of the year these days. We are seeing more postings and articles about the importance of ethical culture, and even pushing the idea of measuring and monitoring culture....more

Leadership Lessons from Dunkirk

by Thomas Fox on

There are several leadership lessons which I believe can be learned from the British (and German) experiences at Dunkirk, which was a series of battles, campaigns and events that lasted from May 25, 1940 until June 4, 1940....more

Get Your Board On Board

by Michael Volkov on

Sometimes my references to Seinfeld episodes or Curb Your Enthusiasm vignettes do not work or can charitably be characterized as a little off. Nonetheless, I press on....more

The Mattis Memo On Ethics – Not Just For The Military

by Thomas Fox on

Earlier this week, Matt Kelly broke the story of Secretary of Defense James Mattis Memo on Ethics to all Department of Defense (DoD) employees, in a blog post entitled “Secretary Mattis’ Insights on Ethics”. On Wednesday,...more

How to Weigh Costs & Benefits of Compliance

by NAVEX Global on

Jay Clayton, new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), gave a speech on July 12 about what his priorities as leader of the SEC will be. He outlined eight principles. Chief compliance officers should make...more

'Unmasking' Corruption

The following is an interview with Anne-Christine Wegener, co-author, “Unmasked: Corruption in the West.” RB: Dear Anne-Christine, first, thank you for taking the time to meet with me during my recent trip to Heidelberg,...more

What Happens When Employees Stop Speaking Up?

by Michael Volkov on

One of several difficult compliance questions facing companies revolves around reporting of employee concerns. If the number of complaints coming in on a company hotline goes down over time, is corporate misconduct going down...more

Workplace Ethics & Culture: What the Uber Board Report Means for Compliance Officers

by Thomas Fox on

A compliance perspective on one of the most unique corporate documents you will ever see....more

How Do You Define a Compliance Program Failure?

by Michael Volkov on

In our perpetual quest for simplicity, sometimes we fail to understand the complexity of an issue. In the corporate world, if you ask board members and CEOs how they would define a compliance program ”failure,” I am sure...more

Farewell to Sam Shepard: Wither Whistleblowers in the UK?

by Thomas Fox on

American’s greatest living playwright died yesterday as Sam Shepard passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to his obituary in the New York Times (NYT) “In Mr. Shepard’s plays, the only undeniable truth is that of...more

Building an Effective Compliance Program

We both recently returned from presenting to groups of health care providers on creating and implementing effective compliance programs. Although compliance plans and compliance programs are not new to the health care realm,...more

The Perfect Compliance Combo: Culture and Controls

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance practitioners divide their commentary and insights into two general categories – ethical culture and compliance controls. It is easy to divide compliance issues into these two categories. Ethical culture articles...more

[Webinar] Creating a Culture of Workplace Compliance in the Tech Sector: Avoid Headlines and Legal Landmines - August 15th,...

by Payne & Fears on

Reports abound scrutinizing the HR practices of tech companies and their top executives. Internal employee complaints are increasingly becoming public. Customers, employees and investors more than ever scrutinize workplace...more

Is Your Company At-Risk for a Government Enforcement Action?

by Michael Volkov on

For some reason, I have always believed that picking successful stocks should not be very difficult. Unfortunately, my record in the stock market does not back up my self-assessment. On the other hand, when it comes to...more

EMEA & APAC Reporting Volume to Follow U.S. Whistleblower Trends?

by NAVEX Global on

Never has it been more critical to create an open and constructive organisational culture, where employees feel the ability to raise issues freely without fear of recrimination, and to have those issues listened to and...more

Is Your Culture Putting Your Firm At Risk?

by LawVision Group LLC on

While I acknowledge the vital role that culture plays with respect to defining each law firm’s working environment, creating expected behaviors, and establishing a “glue” among the lawyers, I am increasingly seeing law firms...more

Tribute to Martin Landau and Strength in the Middle

by Thomas Fox on

A company must have more than simply a good ‘Tone-at-the-Top’; it must move it down through the organization from senior management to middle management and into its lower ranks. This means that one of the tasks of any...more

CCO’s and Delusions About a Company’s Ethical Culture

by Michael Volkov on

It is easy to say something and convince yourself it is true. As George Costanza advised Jerry Seinfeld when Jerry had to take a polygraph examination when he failed to admit that he watched “Melrose Place,” “Remember Jerry....more

[Webinar] E&C Training Programs in 2017: Benchmarking Your Data - July 27th, 10:00am PT

by NAVEX Global on

How do you measure your training program's effectiveness? Is your program protecting your organization from risk and driving a culture of ethics and respect?...more

Working in a “Happy Talk” Corporate Culture

by Michael Volkov on

Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it. – Mark Twain - Compliance professionals encounter a diverse range of corporate personalities in their work. To be sure, compliance officers have to rely on their...more

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