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Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -

Everything Compliance Reports from the SCCE 2017 Compliance & Ethics Institute [eBook]

by Thomas Fox on

In October 2017, nearly 2000 compliance professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Compliance and Ethics Institute. The event was a great success for all involved, it...more

Saudi Arabia Has a Corruption Crackdown – What is Your Response?

by Thomas Fox on

What every international business person should absolutely remember that there is no country in the world which makes bribery and corruption legal by statute. That means if and when a government decides to clamp down on what...more

Ominous Signs for the Future of the Compliance Profession

by Michael Volkov on

As we celebrate Ethics and Compliance Week in 2017, I wanted to offer my own assessment of where the compliance profession stands and the challenges facing the profession for the future....more

Anti-Corruption Risks: Global Enforcement Means Global Detection

by Michael Volkov on

Over the last year, we have seen the Justice Department and SEC’s international coordination efforts bear fruit. DOJ has expended time and efforts to train prosecutors and law enforcement on anti-corruption investigations and...more

Alternatives to prosecution in an age of global enforcement - Global alternatives to prosecution when a corporate is facing a...

by White & Case LLP on

Businesses are increasingly becoming global, and so are enforcement actions in response to alleged corporate wrongdoing around the world. The harsh reality is that wherever there is potential corporate criminal wrongdoing,...more

Draft legislation on public transparency and its influence on compliance

by Dentons on

On 24 October 2017, the Polish Government Legislation Center published draft legislation on public transparency ("Transparency Paper"). Our analysis of the Transparency Paper's legal solutions indicates that the law will have...more

[Webinar] Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference - November 9th, 5:30am PT

by NAVEX Global on

Organizations that focus on creating ethical cultures come out ahead - That’s why this year’s conference theme is Ignite a Winning Workplace Culture. Winning cultures do not happen accidentally – they’re navigated by...more

FCPA Enforcement and Credit for an Effective Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department has touted its efforts to bring greater transparency to FCPA enforcement. There is no question that in the last five years the Justice Department has moved the needle – the FCPA Guidance issued in 2012;...more

Retooling Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Today’s lesson from the world of sports informs our discussion of compliance and the risk management process; consisting of forecasting, risk assessment and risk management as a way to retool the focus of your compliance...more

ISO 37001: Risk Assessments, Employees, and Due Diligence Requirements (Part IV of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part IV of my series on ISO 37001, I examine requirements relating to risk assessments, design of policies and procedures, and due diligence requirements. Section 4.5 sets out requirements for conducting risk...more

ISO 37001: Board, Top Management and Anti-Bribery Compliance Responsibilities (Part III of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part III of my continuing series on ISO 37001, today I examine the board and top management’s respective responsibilities in the implementation and oversight of an anti-bribery management system....more

SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute – Eugene Soltes and How Compliance Programs Works

by Thomas Fox on

The first full day of the SCCE 2017 Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI) featured a talk by Eugene Soltes, an associate professor at Harvard Business School and author of “Why They Do It”. For this book Soltes spent over...more

A Closer Look at ISO 37001 – Something Old or Something New? (Part I of V)

by Michael Volkov on

The release of ISO 37001 has triggered an important discussion among legal and compliance professionals. In a five-part series, I plan to address the value of ISO 37001, provide a substantive analysis, and to evaluate the...more

What progress has been made by France as regards the fight against corruption?

by Bryan Cave on

The Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO) released a report on 28 September 2017 of its assessment of the measures adopted by France to fight against corruption following the recommendations it...more

Anti-Corruption Update: A Global Perspective

by Bryan Cave on

Anticorruption conventions and legislation have global reach and introduce compliance demands on companies to prevent bribery. If your business operates on the global market, there is a risk that your employees or...more

Thaler Wins the Nobel Prize and Informs Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Richard H. Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics yesterday. Binyamin Appelbaum, reporting in a New York Times (NYT) a piece entitled, “Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler”, wrote that “Thaler, whose work has...more

We Can Ignore This French Sapin II Law, Right?

by Bryan Cave on

Wrong. The law Sapin II (Law 2016-1691 of 27 December 2016) has been in force for several months, but the consultation draft of the guidelines is not expected to be issued by the Agence Française Anti-corruption (AFA) (French...more

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Creates Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

In a time of shifting opinions on the benefits of globalization, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) offers an unexpected bright spot for multinational companies able and willing to participate in this...more

Diwali: An Opportune Time for an Anti-Corruption Compliance Reminder

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This year, India celebrates Diwali on October 19, 2017. “The Festival of Lights,” as Diwali (or Deepavli) is commonly called, is celebrated across India with great aplomb, joy and, of course, delicious sweets. Diwali...more

Anti-Corruption Risks and Drug and Device Companies

by Michael Volkov on

For years, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission touted the FCPA “sweep” of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. With good reason, DOJ and the SEC turned the drug and medical device...more

DOJ Announces Enhanced Enforcement of Healthcare FCPA Compliance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Fraud Section announced a new partnership between DOJ’s Healthcare Fraud Unit’s Corporate Strike Force and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prosecutors. The partnership is meant...more

Using a Human Rights Lens to Strengthen Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Companies are increasingly expected to manage the human rights impacts of their activities. This expectation is embedded in new legislative requirements, in the requirements of business partners and investors, and in the...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

Anti-Corruption Compliance: The Need to Look Under the Cloak of Materiality

by Michael Volkov on

Sarbanes-Oxley revolutionized the auditing profession. Section 404 imposed stringent requirements for disclosure of the state of a company’s internal controls and financial reporting. The company’s independent auditor is...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

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