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Significant Changes In Anti-Bribery Laws In Mexico And Colombia Signal A New Commitment To Anti-Corruption Efforts

by Morgan Lewis on

For companies with global operations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is no longer the only anticorruption law of significance. Mexico and Colombia recently enacted sweeping anti-corruption legislation aimed at...more

Your Company Brand and Ethical Behavior

by Thomas Fox on

Last week, I was interviewed by David Banks, the Senior Content Marketing Manager at NAVEX Global, for the firm’s blog. One of the questions he posed to me struck me and it was “When it comes to contributing to a greater...more

The Emperor Has No [Compliance Program]

by Michael Volkov on

At the outset, I have to apologize for the title but during my morning bike ride I usually come up with blog posting titles. But moving past the trite title, I have a point to make....more

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

Day 4 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-Welcome to ComTech

by Thomas Fox on

What will be the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in compliance going forward? LawTech had disrupted the legal profession and how it is reshaping many areas of private practice. I found the article had multiple...more

How the Storms of “The Scottish Play” Inform Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

In honor of fellow Houstonians, fellow Texans and now our neighbors to the east in Louisiana, who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, I continue my weather themed week by considering how Shakespeare used weather as a...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

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

FCPA Risks and Acquisition Integration Challenges

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have devoted significant efforts to conducting pre-acquisition due diligence of a proposed target companies. I do not intend to diminish the importance of pre-acquisition due diligence, but I have...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 14

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 14 Topics from Matt: 1.Trump Administration & FCPA enforcement— we have two declinations now; maybe a compare-and-contrast, and speculation on what a tough Trump Admin...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

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

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