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Top Risks Facing General Counsel in 2018

Posted by - March 30, 2018
Common Concerns for CLOs In the past, the law department was positioned solely as advisors on legal problems, but this year brings the chief legal officer’s role as a key business strategist to the forefront. While chief legal officers and general counsel work for companies of varying sizes within different…
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Workplace Dynamic: How Disrespect Can Quickly Become Harassment

Posted by - October 30, 2017
EEOC’s New Civility Training Shows How Thin The Line Really Is Workplace harassment has dominated the headlines of late. NAVEX Global Vice President Ingrid Fredeen discusses the importance of culture and training, and how incivility has been described as “the gateway drug” to harassment in the workplace. The Equal Employment…
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The Slippery Slope to an Eroded Culture of Compliance

Posted by - September 20, 2017
“Broken Windows” and Employee Misconduct The broken windows theory proposed by James Q. Wilson and George Kelling links disorder to subsequent occurrences of serious crime. Michael Volkov suggests it can be applied in a corporate setting as well. Anytime employee misconduct goes unpunished, more bad behavior is likely to spring…
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Protecting Your Corporate Culture

Posted by - September 8, 2017
The Objective of Due Diligence There is immense benefit to thoroughly vetting third parties, and it goes far beyond avoiding enforcement actions from the likes of the SEC, DOJ and other regulatory agencies. When you do business with risky suppliers and vendors domestically or abroad, you put your organization’s reputation…
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France Cracks Down on Corruption with New Law

Posted by - August 30, 2017
Bienvenue, Sapin II The introduction of Sapin II adds to the growing list of laws aimed to reduce corporate corruption. While these laws are important and beneficial, they cannot improve corporate culture to the extent that high-quality ethics and compliance programs do. To that end, every organization should prioritize internal ethical…
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Setting the Tone: No Back Seat for the CEO

Posted by - August 24, 2017
How the CEO Can Best Support Compliance Keeping a tight rein on compliance is the name of the game for every business entity, whether early-stage, family-owned or large multinational. And – while it’s the CEO who ultimately sets the tone – the culture of compliance has a strong foundation in…
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How to Integrate a Compliance & Ethics Program with a Control Framework

Posted by - August 16, 2017
Leveraging COSO’s Internal Control – Integrated Framework Cultures may vary widely, but all organizations should be proactive about building and maintaining a culture of compliance. The COSO Integrated Framework provides extensive guidance on how to accomplish this. Ron Kral offers insights on integrating your company’s C&E program with a control…
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Working in a “Happy Talk” Corporate Culture

Posted by - July 3, 2017
When Organizations Lack Real Commitment to E&C Every Chief Compliance Officer wants to be on the same page as the C-Suite and board of directors when it comes to a commitment to ethics and compliance. Without experience working inside the organization, however, it is difficult to tell the difference between…
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Investing in a Top-to-Bottom Ethical Culture Using Data

Posted by - June 8, 2017
Findings from the 2017 Ethics and Compliance Survey Convercent and Ethisphere recently released findings from a survey about the importance of an ethical business culture. A culture of ethics is finally being recognized by the top brass as a key differentiator and critical to long-term success. The report touches on…
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It’s the Culture, Stupid!

Posted by - March 23, 2017
How do business leaders create a sustainable, ethical business culture? An important first step is helping the organisation stay focused on ethical concerns. Then, they must bolster this focus with practical actions, such as making sure there are shared values, having a credible code of ethics and ensuring continuous ethical…
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Managing Your Ethical Culture

Posted by - March 22, 2017
Companies with a strong culture of ethics have a real competitive edge in the marketplace. Often these organizations outperform the competition in productivity while also enjoying a lower rate of employee misconduct. Culture may be difficult to measure, but CCOs should focus on continually improving the corporate culture – it’s…
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The 2 Most Important Words in a Compliance Dictionary

Posted by - March 9, 2017
The foundation of an ethical culture is trust and integrity. Employees are proud to work for organizations that prize trust and integrity. When senior leaders act in ways that are contrary to these values, employees’ belief in the company’s integrity plummets. The importance of tone at the top can’t be…