Jim Nortz – Compliance Director, Executive Vice President, Compliance and Ethics Solutions at the Institute for Priority Thinking in Pittsford, NY

jim-nortz-bausch-and-lombAbout the Author
Jim Nortz is Executive Vice President, Compliance and Ethics Solutions at the Institute for Priority Thinking in Pittsford, NY where he specializes in assisting organizations in evaluating and effectively managing their legal and ethical risks.  He can be reached at jnortz@prioritythinking.com.  Jim is a leader in the field of corporate compliance and ethics with extensive experience in developing and implementing compliance and ethics programs for multinational corporations. 

Jim was Compliance Director at Bausch & Lomb for over six years, where he had responsibility for developing, evaluating and supporting all aspects of the company’s global compliance and ethics programs.  In so doing, he drafted the company’s code of business conduct and ethics as well as country specific sales and marketing codes of conduct for over 40 countries.  Jim also developed and implemented a train-the-trainer program to help employees understand the codes as well as auditing protocols designed to evaluate the reliability of the corporation’s compliance management systems. 

Prior to joining Bausch & Lomb, Jim served Chief Compliance Officer at Kraton Polymers, Vice President of Business Ethics and Compliance for Adecco and Vice President of Business Ethics and Compliance for Crompton Corporation. 

Jim served as an officer in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, first as a criminal defense counsel in Europe and then for four years as a litigation attorney in the Army’s Environmental Law Division in Arlington, Virginia. Upon leaving military service in 1994, Jim joined Witco Corporation as a Senior Attorney specializing in corporate litigation, mergers and acquisitions and safety, health and environmental affairs.

Jim has published numerous professional articles on compliance, ethics and corporate governance issues. Jim writes the monthly business ethics columns for the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket and the Rochester Business Journal. Jim has also published articles in Ethikos and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association News Letter. 

Jim has lectured extensively in the field of business ethics and compliance to business, professional and academic groups including the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association, the Westchester/Fairfield County Corporate Counsel Bar Association, the Conference Board, the MAPI Manufacturers Alliance, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher, Geneseo College, and Bentley College. Jim was also a faculty member for the Practicing Law Institutes’ Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2009 in New York City.

Jim is currently serves on the board of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation and is a former board member of the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association. 

Jim has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Articles by Jim Nortz

Is Your Corporate Duty Of Care And Loyalty A Duty To Exploit?

Is a businessperson compelled by the duty of care and loyalty to a corporation to authorize or endorse a legal operation, even if it is known that doing so will cause irreparable environmental damage and kill or sicken people? Bausch and Lomb's Jim Nortz thinks there are at least three reasons why the answer to this question is no.