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Are You Measuring Your Training Effectiveness … Effectively?

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Compliance breakdowns are in the headlines and on every manager’s mind these days. Organizations help manage the risk of becoming the next headline by creating a robust and effective compliance program – and training is a...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?

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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

Clarence Darrow, the Scopes Monkey Trial and Leadership

by Thomas Fox on

Today we honor one of the ‘Trials of the Century’ from the 20th century, as on this day in 1925, the Scopes Monkey Trial ended with defense attorney Clarence Darrow giving one of his greatest closing arguments, asking for his...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

The Binge-Watching Goldfish: A How-to for Training Millennials

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An attention span is a fickle friend. A great one to have, but oh so hard to keep. This is especially true when we consider the attention spans of those who are soon to make up 70 percent of our global workforce –...more

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

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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

Don’t Encourage Employees to Speak Up if You’re Not Ready to Listen

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A strong and positive organizational culture is the result of an ongoing dialogue, not a monologue. For an employee to feel invested, they must feel invested in. This makes me think about how we label and, more importantly,...more

Is Your Compliance Program Asking the Right Questions?

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The late Nobel Laureate in physics Isidor I. Rabi once said: "My mother made me a scientist without ever intending it. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: 'So? Did you learn anything...more

The Importance of Compliance Program Audits

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Chief compliance officers spend a significant amount of time comparing their compliance programs with other companies’ programs. CCOs often find solace when benchmarking their respective programs against other companies’...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

CCO Leadership: Lessons from Kaiser Permanente

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One thing every Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) will face is multiple stakeholders. The more compliance is operationalized the more sensitized this issue will become. Yet the centralized control that many business leaders have...more

Poor Performing CEOs and Boards and Compliance Disasters

by Michael Volkov on

The business headlines are filled with the latest corporate scandal – Uber’s defective culture, CEO misconduct and reprehensible comments by supervising board members. Uber is just one of several significant companies caught...more

Incorporating Employee Storytelling into Your Compliance Marketing

by Thomas Fox on

As you might suppose I read quite a bit. One of the pleasures I receive each month is when the copy of the MIT Sloan Management Review arrives. I also find the articles highly topical and present ways to consider new...more

CCOs and Resources: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

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The compliance profession is enjoying its moment of triumph. Chief compliance officers are earning substantial salaries and rewarded with high-level positions in the C-Suite and significant influence. CCOs are the hot...more

Are Risk Assessments Just a Report on the Obvious?

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If you give a Chief Compliance Officer truth serum and ask him/her whether they believe a risk assessment is valuable, what do you think the CCO say? Let’s start with the cynical side – not that I am a pessimist. Many CCOs...more

5 Telltale Signs of a Weak Corporate Culture

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We all know it when we see it – a company with a weak corporate culture of ethics and compliance. Many companies claim they have an ethical culture but few really do. With increasing emphasis and understanding of the...more

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back – Mixed Bag of Compliance Progress

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Companies are embracing the value of compliance and ethics. Interestingly, companies are implementing robust compliance programs, and enhancing such programs with a focus on ethical business values and decision-making. These...more

The Uber Board Report – Part I

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On Tuesday, the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP (Covington), released its long-awaited report (Report) to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber). It is truly one of the most...more

China Compliance, From Someone Who Knows

In today’s compliance environment, though we see a robust debate on what the new US administration might mean for anti-bribery compliance, the new ISO standard, and the recent DOJ “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs”...more

Compliance Into the Weeds-Episode 42, the Uber Edition

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In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the corporate governance fiasco which is Uber. We consider the revelations in the failures of corporate governance, culture and internal controls at the organization....more

Investigation Challenges

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Today I conclude my three-part series on internal investigations with Jonathan Marks, a partner at Marcum LLP and a well-known internal investigation expert, by considering some of the challenges you may well face during an...more

A CCO’s Challenge: How to Convince a CEO to Embrace Compliance

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A Chief Compliance Officer faces many challenges in designing and implementing an effective ethics and compliance program. If a CCO conducts appropriate due diligence before joining the company, he will know the challenges he...more

Day 3 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Investigation Protocol

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Your company should have a detailed written procedure for handling any complaint or allegation of bribery or corruption, regardless of the means through which it is communicated. The mechanism could include the internal...more

The Stoic's Guide to Compliance

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One thing about successful Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and other compliance practitioners is they can take in severe news, keep calm and carry on. In a keynote speech to the SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute, Jenny...more

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