July 21, 2014
CCOs Take Note: It’s the Culture, Stupid

  • Michael Volkov

  • A CCO's primary focus must be on culture - that is, building a culture of ethics and compliance throughout the organization. Lay this foundation and you'll have gone a long way to minimizing risk. Corporate culture should also make up much of what the CCO reports to the Board and senior management. Michael Volkov has some strong words for CCOs falling into old patterns....

    July 17, 2014

  • Amy Flynn

  • Boards of Directors have traditionally been held liable for overseeing risk management and mitigation, but given the speed at which cri...

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    July 15, 2014
    Whose Risk Is It, Anyway? When Management Says ‘No’ to Internal Audit

  • Richard Chambers

  • It sometimes happens that, even though you've identified a considerable risk and made a compelling case for addressing it, the management doesn't see the light, or agree with your findings. Frustrating for an audit professional, given that your effectiveness is measured by outcomes and, in cases such as these, your hands are tied. Then what?...

    July 18, 2014
    No Sex Please, We’re British: More from GSK in China

  • Thomas Fox

  • The GSK China scandal came to light through a sex tape, and the anonymous whistleblower who leaked the tape also presented allegations of bribery. GSK's own investigation into the matter has failed to net anything of substance, but the Chinese government has turned up a great deal of evidence pointing to massive systemic bribery....

    July 16, 2014
    New Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law: Compliance as a Competitive Advantage

  • Fernando Palma

  • An effective ethics and compliance program is integral to good business. With the passing of the Clean Companies Act, companies doing business in Brazil have new regulations to comply with, and maintaining operations in line with these standards is an essential step in maintaining a competitive edge....

    July 14, 2014
    Education and Communications: High Expectations for User Engagement

  • Marsha Ershaghi Hames

  • Even thorough, established ethics and compliance training programs can fall quite short in the desired outcomes department if the instruction is mind-numbingly boring. If you hope to advance the C&E cause in your organization, you'll need a robust training program that engages employees where they are....

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    July 11, 2014
    10 FCPA Myths and Misconceptions, Debunked

  • Matteson Ellis

  • How well do you know FCPA regulations? You could be laboring under some misconceptions - and you wouldn't be alone. FCPA expert Matteson Ellis has heard myths from the mouths of those new to compliance, but also from execs and seasoned professionals who should know better. Here are some of the biggest FCPA myths circulating out there....

    July 9, 2014
    Winning the War Against Conflict Minerals

  • Mohan Ponnudurai

  • Recent legislation has had a significant impact on the trade of conflict minerals, including "blood diamonds," out of areas ravaged by war and run by warlords. The deadline for reporting supply chain partners, per Dodd-Frank, has come and gone, and companies have found it difficult to say with certainty whether their materials are truly conflict-free. A QMS can be hugely helpful here. ...

    July 7, 2014
    In Due Diligence and World Cup Bids: Follow the Money

  • Thomas Fox

  • In the past month, we've heard plenty of allegations of corruption associated with the Brazil World Cup, but there's as much or more controversy surrounding the forthcoming events in Qatar. Tom Fox suggests that when there's a question of corruption, just follow the money. And in this case, it's flying in all sorts of questionable directions....

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    July 2, 2014
    Finding the Right Person to Serve as CRO

  • Jim DeLoach

  • A host of factors need to be taken into consideration in the selection of a new Chief Risk Officer. Where his or her experience and expertise lies is certainly top of mind, but more qualitative aspects of the candidates' skill set and capabilities carry weight, as well. How are the prospective hire's critical thinking skills, for instance? Is he personable? Persuasive? Can he build consensus?...

    July 1, 2014
    The Board Must Take the Lead in Establishing a Corporate Culture of Ethics and Compliance

  • Eric J. Rudolph

  • The Board of Directors has immense power when it comes to facilitating the success of the company's ethics and compliance program. From setting tone at the top and holding management accountable for their staff's - and their own - adherence to the program, the importance of the Board cannot be overestimated....


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    July 10, 2014
    Communications Challenges of the Valeant/Pershing Square Bid for Allergan

  • Chuck Nathan

  • In an effort to win over a majority of Allergan shareholders, both the parties angling for a takeover and the the company itself are mounting aggressive campaigns to make their cases. Due to some shady goings-on around the recent stock buy-up, Allergen is facing some considerable communications challenges, not the least of which is a sullied reputation among investors....

    July 8, 2014

  • John Tiglias

  • CIOs must take the lead on IT governance as a means to align the IT division's efforts with the overarching business strategy. But effective IT ...

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    July 3, 2014
    Risk Assessment for Small and Mid-sized Companies

  • Jeff Kaplan

  • Smaller companies often don't need the exhaustive risk assessment programs the huge corporations require. For many organizations, in fact, something much simpler fits the bill. Jeff Kaplan of Kaplan & Walker outlines an eight-step process ideal for small to mid-size companies. Simple, but not too simple....




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    June 30, 2014
    Program Management: Board Oversight and Reporting Structures

  • Rebecca Walker

  • An E&C program must be effective -- not necessarily convenient. Does the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer have enough authority and autonomy? What's being reported to the Board, and does the Board have proper oversight of the E&C program? These are just some of the factors that influence the effectiveness of an E&C program....

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    June 27, 2014
    Coolness in Being the Bad Guy? Eli Wallach and GSK

  • Thomas Fox

  • GlaxoSmithKline has gotten plenty of negative attention lately for allegations of widespread corruption in its China operations, accusations that may cause irreparable harm to the pharma giant. Regulatory bodies far and wide are jockeying for position to charge GSK, sending the message that corruption will not be tolerated. Compliance practitioners, take note!...