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A New Owner and New CEO: Will Anything Change?

by Thomas Fox on

Tilman Fertitta has purchased the Houston Rockets from current owner Les Alexander for the stunning sum of $2.2 bn. The sales price breaks the National Basketball Association (NBA) record sale of $2 billion from when the...more

The Week in FCPA-Episode 67, the Post Harvey Edition

by Thomas Fox on

After a two week absence, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories which happened while we were off, including: 1. Retired U.S. Army colonel, Joseph Baptiste...more

How Do We Define ‘Effective’ for an ‘Effective Ethics & Compliance Programme’?

by NAVEX Global on

In the past year, we have seen a salvo of standards and regulations across the globe offering guidance on how to develop effective ethics and compliance programmes. Along with providing guideposts for programme leaders, the...more

Voluntary Monitoring – Multiple Purpose Tool in Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Alan Peckolick, died last week. According to his obituary in the New York Times, he “overcame a failed art school career to emerge as a leading designer of some the world’s most distinctive logos”. In an interview with the...more

The Pull & Push of Compliance Policies & Training

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“…companies used to bring in binders full of their policies….I really don’t care what the policy says….I’m more interested in how the policies actually operate.” That’s a quote from Hui Chen from an interview with...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

This Week in FCPA-Episode 57, the Father’s Day Edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, as their tribute to their Dad, we are guest hosted by Jay’s daughters, Millie and Michela. They lead us through a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories, including: 1. The...more

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 40, COSO ERM Framework Update

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the revisions to the COSO ERM Framework, which were based on comments by practitioners. We consider the role of culture and risk, the integration of the COSO ERM...more

Day 22 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-10 Questions to Better Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude this month’s series inspired by an article in the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Does Management Really Work?” by Nicholas Brown, Raffaella Sadun and John Van Reenen. I found the article very useful because it...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 18

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Roy Snell and myself discuss how incentives are integral to the compensation plans of a wide range of workers. Many experts point to their value in rewarding behavior that is in the interest of the...more

Compliance Lessons for Executive Leadership from The Wells Fargo Investigation Report

by Thomas Fox on

Compliance lessons from truly one of the most damning reports of complete corporate failures around ethics and culture that has recently been seen....more

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

by Michael Volkov on

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration....more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 327, Pat Harned on Highlights from the ECI 2017 Conference

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Pat Harned, Chief Executive Officer of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative on the recently concluded annual conference. She discusses the speech of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the panel...more

Day 11 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-the Fair Process Doctrine

by Thomas Fox on

Procedural fairness is one of the things that will bring credibility to your Compliance Program. Today it is called the Fair Process Doctrine and this Doctrine generally recognizes that there are fair procedures, not...more

Day 8 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Using Compensation to Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

One of the areas that many companies have not paid as much attention to in their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) anti-corruption compliance programs is compensation. However the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

AG Jeff Sessions Left Compliance Officers with More Questions than Answers … and an Invitation

by NAVEX Global on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Annual Conference last week. Whatever your politics are, it was important that we hear from him on his priorities for...more

Day 1 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-the Role of HR in Operationalizing Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

This month, I will consider the role of Human Resources (HR) in operationalizing a best practices compliance program. I have long advocated for a greater role of Human Resources (HR) in a compliance program. Indeed, one sign...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part V – Operationalization

by Thomas Fox on

I have reviewed the creation and update of a Code of Conduct this week, with a big assist from Eric Morehead, the Principal of Morehead Compliance Consulting. We reviewed the legal requirements, the suggested structure and...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part IV – Training on Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

Today focus in the Code of Conduct series is on the aspect of training on your finalized Code of Conduct. Eric Morehead, Principal of Morehead Compliance Consulting, joins me in this series. While there have been criticisms...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part I – Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

I am joined by Eric Morehead as we begin a five-part series on the Code of Conduct, which serves as the foundational document of a compliance program. Morehead is well-known within the compliance community, having worked at...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination

by Thomas Fox on

It certainly did not take long for companies to see the benefit of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Pilot Program as there where two public declinations granted by the DOJ for companies...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

by Thomas Fox on

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

by Thomas Fox on

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

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