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Why Keeping Corporate Lawyers Quiet Is Good For Us All

In a recent post in The New York Times DealBook, Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon argues that keeping corporate lawyers silent “can shelter wrongdoing”. I completely agree that the attorney-client...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #11

Breaking the ice. No one expected that people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads for charity would become the viral phenomenon that it has. One key technical secret to the success of the “ice bucket challenge” may...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 82, continued fallout from GSK in China [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I review the continued fallout from GSK in China. I discuss the trial of Mr and Mrs Humphreys and what it all means for the compliance practitioner going forward. ...more

Disqualifying a Director Who Has Violated the Directors’ Code of Ethics

A condo corporation found itself in court (Gordon v. YRCC No. 818) after the Board had disqualified one of the directors on the basis that he had breached the Directors’ Code of Ethics. The Corporation’s By-law No. 9 provided...more

Research Shows That Business Ethics Training Can Impact Shareholder Value

Let’s get down to business, or should I say business ethics training. It’s been at the forefront of my mind recently, and not only because I work for a governance, risk and compliance company. I’ve seen so many articles in...more

Overheard at the Airport: Material, Non-Public Information

I was recently in a business lounge at the airport in Atlanta, and was amazed to be bombarded by executives on their cell phones loudly conducting business. Sitting within earshot, I learned that a large manufacturer...more

Best Practices Guide for Global Ethics Hotlines: A Guide To Navigating Hotline Compliance

In today's global marketplace, companies are continuing to expand beyond their borders and into neighboring and distant countries. The ability of multinational corporations to implement ethics hotlines best practices is...more

Creating a Culture of Ethics and Compliance [Video]

An effective compliance program requires a culture of ethics and compliance, including "tone-at-the-top." A company's culture is not easy to measure. Nonetheless, there are practical steps which can be implemented to collect...more

Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank: The Whistleblower Program Milestones and How They’ve Impacted Business Ethics Training

Did you have some cake? Break out the balloons? While it’s hard to believe, it is true. Our little Dodd-Frank, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is already four years old and about ready for pre-school. Although we...more

The Absence of a CECO and the GM Fiasco

This is a posting that I have wanted to write since the GM scandal occurred. I have to start with a rhetorical question – Would the GM debacle have occurred if GM had an independent and empowered Chief Ethics and Compliance...more

Addressing & Alleviating Top Compliance Training Challenges & Barriers

More than half (56 percent) of the respondents to the NAVEX Global 2014 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Survey revealed that their top ethics and compliance training concern today is the limited hours available for...more

Uber Plays Dirty – Why The Company Needs An App For Business Ethics Training

We have all experienced that moment where, while we don’t plan on drinking that much, one jack and coke leads to another…and another…and…another, and then he bar is suddenly transformed into an intense merry go round… and,...more

Sunshine Ordinance Preempted by City Charter Provision Creating Attorney-Client Privilege

The First District Court of Appeal determined that City of San Francisco (“City”) resident Allen Grossman (“Grossman”) was not entitled to documents related to the development of certain San Francisco Ethics Commission...more

Legal Ethics Resources

Substantial information on legal ethics is available on the Internet, including: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/guides/legal_ethics.cfm, a broad-based Legal Ethics Research Guide offered by Georgetown...more

Thinking Through Risk Rankings of Third Parties

One question often posed to me is how to think through some of the relationships a company has with its various third parties in order to reasonably risk rank them. Initially I would break this down into sales and supply...more

How Vendors Can Add Value to Your Resource-Constrained Ethics And Compliance Training Program

Too many times we see the providers of ethics and compliance services disappear after they have sold an ethics and compliance training program or ethics and compliance policy management system. ...more

Facebook asks its app developers for transparency

At this point, you’ve probably called your Candy Crush app every name in the book. (‘Annoying’, ‘addicting’, and ‘impossible’ are a few family-friendly ones that come to mind.) Now, Facebook is hoping you’ll be able to call...more

Five Ways for CCOs to Enhance Their Professional Qualifications and Status

Chief Compliance Officers are the rising professional stars in the corporate employment landscape (along with IT professionals who have practical perspectives). The profession is at an important test – where will the...more

Drafting and Revising Bylaws: Common Pitfalls, Best Practices, and Maximizing the Effective Governance of Your Nonprofit

In this presentation: - Top 10 Tips for Bylaw Amendments – General Process Considerations – Governance Hierarchy – Specific Provisions to Note • Purposes Clause • Membership...more

More MoneyPaks More Problems: Don't be a victim of prepaid card fraud

Prepaid money cards have become increasingly popular these days, due to the rise of online shopping, their accessibility for those who prefer not to carry around cash or have access to credit cards, and their relative ease of...more

Five Most Common Weaknesses in Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

In this Internet-age of ADHD and simplistic thinking, I thought I would contribute this week by putting together some lists of common themes in the ethics and compliance world. Unfortunately, we are all addicted to quick...more

Five Keys to Reducing Behavior Risk During Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Major Organizational Change

A recent blog post by Ethics Resource Center President Pat Harned, reported on findings from the ERC 2013 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) of significantly more observed misconduct in companies that are under stress...more

NBA Scores Hit With Music Video Fan Code of Conduct – Why Not Apply The Same Concept To Business Ethics Training?

I haven’t been to an Atlanta Hawk’s basketball game this season, but apparently they are heating it up with their video fan Codes of Conduct. In November, the Hawks released a video Code of Conduct, modifying Robin Thicke’s...more

Continuous Improvement Of Your Compliance Program, Part II

Anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering (AML) programs policies and procedures and even export control systems are seemingly in a constant state of evolution. Many companies are struggling with the challenge of...more

Bankers Swear To An Ethics Oath; Have They Sworn to Take Ethics and Compliance Training?

My mother enrolled me in Girl Scout Daisies when I was six. It’s an all-girl organization that seeks to help out the community and give back to those less fortunate, and is basically the precursor to becoming a Girl Scout...more

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