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Embedding the Compliance Message in Middle Management

Chief compliance officers and senior executives wrestle with strategies to spread and embed important compliance messages. A CEO and senior executives can spread a compliance message but they are always battling competing...more

Spud Webb and Corporate Culture

On this day 30 years ago, history was made when Spud Webb won the 3rd NBA Slam Dunk contest. Webb joined future Hall-of-Famers Michael Jordan, who won the inaugural contest in 1984, and Dominic Wilkins, who won the second...more

What Good Compliance Looks Like: Part III

I concluded Part II of “What Good Compliance Looks Like” with “compliance and tone at the top are more than stated values, it’s about operational and unspoken values. It’s about a seat at the table of business strategy.”...more

What Good Compliance Looks Like: Part II

In a prior post, I shared the view of a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, who launched his talk at a compliance event by asking “what does good look like?” In that post, I concluded with how “I spent the better part of my career...more

2016 Trends #6: Working With HR—Time to Try Again

It’s been said that no corporate function has the opportunity to contact more employees more often than Human Resources. Recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, performance reviews, promotions, investigations, discipline,...more

2016 Trends #5: The Wide World of Sports

If 2016 is anything like last year, we can count on the world of sports to provide a variety of fodder for ethics and compliance discussions. Sports scandals now rival political and business ethics scandals as the...more

2016 Trends #4: Politics Invade the Workplace

In the U.S., the 2016 election now dominates the news, social media and many employee conversations. And for global companies, it’s always election season somewhere. So now is a good time for ethics and compliance officers to...more

2016 Trends #3: Board Expectations for Ethics & Compliance Oversight Get More Specific, Uniform and Comprehensive

According to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations—and similar provisions found in other guidelines worldwide—an organization’s governing body is responsible to “exercise reasonable oversight with respect to the...more

What Does Good Compliance Look Like?

At a corporate summit, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company started his talk by asking “what does good look like?” Good question. “Rules often inspire legalism and minimalism,” he said. “But they don’t govern behavior.” He...more

Defining Business Ethics

One of the more frustrating topics for discussion is defining business ethics. It is frustrating to see how complex and unhelpful the discussion turns when defining business ethics. I have two tests for how to deal...more

The Person (Idea) of the Year – Corporate Ethics and Culture

Each year I have identified the so-called “person” of the year to capture the most significant enforcement and compliance trend. In the past, I have given the award to the Chief Compliance Officer, the Ethics Officer, the...more

Ethics and Compliance Predictions for 2016

The New Year brings new promise for compliance professionals. I always sympathize with compliance officers because of their inevitable conflict – their idealism often is confronted by corporate realities – a CEO who...more

2016 Trends #2: Transitioning to a More Global Center of Gravity for Ethics and Compliance

Today, many ethics and compliance professionals, no matter where we’re located, find it to be important to keep up-to-date on the latest news from the European Union courts, the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office and international...more

2016 Trends #1: The Rise of the Millennial Mindset

To help prepare compliance professionals for the year ahead, we’ve talked with industry experts, our colleagues at NAVEX Global, and ethics and compliance professionals from our more than 12,500 client organizations to gather...more

The Dangers of Quick Fix Solutions – Certifications and Compliance Defenses

When the going gets tough, the tough do not necessarily get going. This is evident in the world of corporate governance, compliance, and defense against aggressive government enforcement. Corporate lobbying interests are...more

Ethics Across the Generations

In the latest edition of Business Compliance, guest author Guendalina Donde (Researcher at the Institute of Business Ethics) writes about “Business Ethics Across Generations: Bridging the Gap.” In her work, Ms. Donde breaks...more

Four Compliance Trends and Challenges for 2016

As we close out the year, it is now time to begin the retrospective reviews and predictions for the New Year. I will try to keep them to a minimum but I find it important to reflect and look forward to new challenges....more

Star Wars Week, Part III – VI – Return of the Jedi-Moderating Training

Today we continue our celebration and exploration of the first trilogy of Star Wars movies with a look at Episode VI. Return of the Jedi. In this final movie from the original three, the good guys win in the end after...more

3 Things We Can Learn From Whistleblower Lawsuits

While compliance professionals may not like what whistleblower plaintiff’s counsel have to say about ethics and compliance programs, their insights are invaluable for organizations who want to increase their program...more

Celebrating John Jay and Leadership in Compliance

Today we celebrate leadership in general and ethical leadership specifically in the person of John Jay. He was not one of the well-known founding fathers; nevertheless he was a key participant in the founding of the American...more

International Business Attitudes to Corruption: Past & Present

The following interview is with John Bray, Director (Analysis), Control Risks. RB: John, thank you for joining me for this interview. As the main author of the Control Risks “International Business Attitudes to...more

Defining Compliance 2.0: Key Compliance Partners (Part 5 of 5)

I always use the “Streetcar Named Desire” line to describe the challenges a  Chief Compliance Officer faces – CCOs depend on the kindness of strangers.  It is a little bit of an exaggeration but bear with me. CCOs are not...more

Defining Compliance 2.0: Senior Leadership (Part 4 of 5)

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.~ Vince Lombardi Like so many areas in life, a successful ethics and compliance program...more

Defining Compliance 2.0 — The CEO (Part 2 of 5)

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain We all know the obvious – a CEO’s commitment to ethics and compliance is critical to the success of a compliance program. A CEo who...more

10 Trends & Takeaways from the 2015 SEC Whistleblower Report

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its 2015 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program and, to no one’s surprise, the program is going strong awarding over $37M to...more

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