corporate governance

disclosure

Communicating Voluntary Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending

In recent years, restraints have been lifted somewhat with regard to corporate political spending, but, in response to increased pressure from the public, lobbying and political spending disclosure may very well be making a comeback. This being the case, organizations should have a good understanding of how disclosure should be properly and strategically handled.

embezzlement

Fraud and Bribery – They Go Hand in Hand

Bribery doesn't exist in a vacuum. In order for funds to change hands improperly, the bribing party needs access to those funds and a way to disguise how they're truly being used. Meaning: if there's fraud going on in your organization, internal controls are quite possibly lacking and your internal auditing system leaves something to be desired, ...

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5 Essential Improvements to Corporate Governance

Achieving a corporate culture focused on ethics and compliance doesn't happen by accident. It takes a concerted effort from the Board of Directors, CEO and CCO, who all must understand the importance of a strong E&C program and be committed to championing the notions. Michael Volkov offers five key ways companies can strengthen corporate governance.

red tape

Is More Corporate Governance the Answer? (Part 1 of 5)

From 1934, the year marking the passing of the Securities Exchange Act, and 1977, no major corporate reforms were passed. In the past 30 years, however, the situation changed dramatically. Huge corporate scandals, including Enron, WorldCom, Bear Stearns and Siemens have led to sweeping reforms. Is this the trend now? And should it be?

tug of war

Communications Challenges of the Valeant/Pershing Square Bid for Allergan

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 ...

impossible

Fixing a Company’s Ethics and Compliance Culture

In the aftermath of a serious violation, efforts to overhaul a company's culture of ethics and compliance may seem too little, too late. And can it even be done, anyway? With the right players at the helm it can. With the Board and the CEO jointly and sincerely championing change, the organization stands a far greater ...

boardroom

“Sympathy” for the Board

There's no question that Board members' jobs are tougher now than ever before. All the more reason to increase accountability; failures in governance often lead right back to the Board, and shareholders bear the brunt of the consequences. The flashier issues, such as CEO hirings, tend to draw their attention, but compliance needs its time in the ...