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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

The Stoic's Guide to Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

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

The Spirit of Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

One of my weekend pleasures is reading Peggy Noonan’s column in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Each week is filled with wit and insight and some of the finest writing around. This past week, in an article entitled “Why...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

Operationalizing Compliance: Part IV – Internal Audit

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am engaging in a week-long series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I am...more

Day 18 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR- Using Promotions to Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

The role of Human Resources (HR) in anti-corruption compliance programs, is often underestimated. If your company has a culture where compliance is perceived to be in competition or worse yet antithetical to HR, the company...more

From Bottom Bunk to Top Mind

I recently had the honor of being named to Compliance Week’s list of Top Minds for 2017, earning the title of “The Great Communicator” from Bill Coffin, Donna Rice, and the CW team....more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 53, the I left my heart in San Francisco edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We discuss: 1. Brazilian President Temer comes under corruption fire? 2. The turmoil at FIFA continues as FIFA’s...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 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

Talking About Bribery in the Country Where I Bribed

I recently returned from a week in Amsterdam, addressing front-line compliance challenges, and attending several anti-corruption conferences. It was a surreal experience for me, for in 2003 I paid a “Dutch Agent approximately...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part III – Design of Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

Today I continue my Code of Conduct exploration with Eric Morehead, Principal of Morehead Compliance Consulting. After having reviewed the legal requirement and business purpose in Part I, the structure and form of your Code...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

Creation of Roundabout and Operationalization of Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Readers of this blog know of my love for progressive rock music and that my favorite prog rock group is Yes. You might understand how thrilled I was when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), of all places, ran an interview with...more

Great Expectations - DOJ holds anti-corruption compliance programs to a high standard in evaluating their credibility

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a list of important topics and sample questions that the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section has frequently found relevant in evaluating the adequacy of a...more

My China Compliance Diary

When my supervision (probation) ended in January 2017, the US District Court in DC released my passport, and I could once again travel internationally. And with that milestone, a note of thanks to all the international event...more

Will Blockchain Transform Compliance?

by Thomas Fox on

I recently read an article in the MIT Sloan Management Review, entitled “How Blockchain Will Change Organizations”, where authors Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott speculate that the transformations which blockchain may...more

Insight from the DOJ Fraud Section

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Without fanfare, on February 8 the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) published new corporate compliance guidance on its public website. The guidance is presented as a set of topics and questions, entitled...more

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