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LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

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

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)

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

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?

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

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

The FCPA Pilot Program Disciplinary Standards (Part II of II)

Returning to the FCPA Pilot Project requirements for timely and appropriate remediation, the Justice Department added three new elements, one of which reinforces the CCO “independence” requirement. The two other elements for...more

Unpacking the Justice Department’s Compliance Remediation Standards (Part I of II)

The Justice Department has a lot to be proud about when it comes to its FCPA enforcement program. In one area in particular – promoting effective ethics and compliance strategies – DOJ’s FCPA prosecutors have played a...more

Yikes: The Perils of Remediation and Corporate Monitors

The Justice Department has raised the stakes on anti-corruption compliance. In other words, DOJ prosecutors expect companies to have more sophisticated and mature compliance programs. If a company walks into the Justice...more

Effective Ethics and Compliance Training

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Leadership Lessons from Mutiny on the Bounty

In honor of February and its traditional run up to the Oscars, in my podcast on business leadership, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership, I am exploring leadership lessons from Oscar-winning Best Pictures. In...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...more

The Win-Win Argument: Compliance as a Marketing Advantage

My good friend and colleague Dan Chapman, now the CCO at VimpelCom, is a compliance rock star. I have known Dan for years, beginning when he took over at Parker Drilling and implemented a world-class remediation program to...more

Lessons Learned and Compliance Trends from the VW and Takata Scandals (Part III of III)

When unraveling a major corporate scandal, especially multi-year schemes involving senior executives, the blame game or lessons learned approach can easily turn into a fruitless exercise. The VA and Takata scandals are...more

Volkswagen: When Car Companies Veer Off Course (Part I of III)

Corporate misconduct occurs in a variety of forms. Starting with the basic truism – companies act through people, and when companies engage in misconduct it requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple actors. The...more

What is Your Ethical Culture?

The indictments last week of executives from Tanaka and Volkswagen roiled many in the business world and ethics and compliance arena. Coming on the heels of the Wells Fargo scandal, one might wonder how corporations can stop...more

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

FCPA Predictions for 2017 (Part III of III)

With the new incoming administration, everyone is busy predicting major changes in DOJ FCPA enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs...more

Despite Privilege, GC May Pursue Whistleblower Retaliation Suit under SOX and Dodd–Frank

California’s USDC–ND ruled that Bio-Rad Laboratories’ former General Counsel may use privileged communications to prove his retaliatory-discharge case prosecuted under Sarbanes–Oxley and Dodd–Frank’s whistleblower...more

Compliance Paid for Itself in Many Ways in 2016

“A culture of ethics ties long-term performance to the interests of long-term stakeholders.” — Larry Fink, Chief Executive of Blackrock The quote above was mentioned by Timothy Erblich, CEO of Ethisphere, at the...more

The Compliance Oversight Review Committee

This week has evolved into an exploration of different types of compliance committees a company might employ to make their compliance function more effective. On Monday, together with Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) Chief...more

Gluten Free Compliance

This past November, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sean Freidlin, Marketing Manager of Compliance & Ethics at SAI Global, www.saiglobal.com  at The Little Beet Restaurant in NYC, to discuss my history with...more

The Board of Directors’ Compliance Committee

Yesterday, together with Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) Jay Martin, I wrote about a new and innovative compliance committee BHI has initiated, the GeoMarket Compliance and Ethics Committee. In...more

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