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5 Lessons From the NFL’s Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The potential to discriminate is not confined to the walls of any business – it can extend to hiring practices as well. If neglected by ethics and compliance teams, companies might find themselves in a position similar to the NFL, which faces a lawsuit from former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. A lawsuit over whether the NFL discriminates against Black...

Making Money Is Not a Mission: 10 Essays on the Compliance Culture Revolution From Michael Volkov

Making Money Is Not a Mission: 10 Essays on the Compliance Culture Revolution From Michael Volkov

As broad terms like "culture" continue to gain devotees, it may seem natural to conclude that more businesses and organizations are embracing ethical behavior. But when they're asked to explain how they manage, measure and monitor their company's culture, many of those responsible for doing just that don't have much in the way of details. As author and attorney Michael...

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Do Individual US Senators Manipulate the Timing of FCPA Enforcement Actions? (Spoiler: No.)

A recent working paper lays out a provocative thesis: senators pressure DOJ to pursue FCPA charges against foreign businesses that operate in their states in the run up to elections. Harvard Law Professor Matthew Stephenson doesn't buy it.  Is enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) improperly politicized? The notion that it is has gained traction in some...

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Net Zero Pledges from Asset Managers Can Align Funds with ESG Goals. They Can Also Breach Fiduciary Duty and Raise Other Conflicts.

Demand for ESG-aligned asset management has induced many advisors to take the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative (NZAMI) Commitment. Lance Dial and Miranda Lindl O'Connell argue, however, that making this pledge calls for careful planning and consideration of fiduciary duties.  Many asset managers are signing up for the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative (NZAMI), a commitment to support the goal...

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Forget Hyper-Growth. Let’s Learn to Scale Ethically.

We've come a long way from the move fast and break things era. But C-suite and board members of any growing corporation inevitably reach a crossroads (or many crossroads) where they must choose between scaling aggressively and scaling ethically.  We should be celebrating the empathetic entrepreneur who understands customer needs deeply and figures out the responsible way to serve them,...

How Successful DEI Initiatives Actually Work

How Successful DEI Initiatives Actually Work

Many are quick to say that improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) makes business sense for any company. But what does that actually look like for HR, risk and compliance professionals? In a chapter of his latest book, Intended Consequences, General Catalyst Managing Director Hemant Taneja describes three successful DEI initiatives and their positive downstream consequences.  It's common today for...

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Is An Unethical Situation At Work Keeping You Hostage?

The rabbi who helped his congregants escape the hostage standoff in Texas a few days ago credited the security training he received for keeping everyone alive. When we practice something in advance, we can think more clearly when facing the real situation. We can also act more quickly. This is why military personnel, firefighters, and other first responders use most of...

Ethisphere Study: Firms With Robust Ethics Programs Boast Stronger Economic Performance Post-COVID

Ethisphere Study: Firms With Robust Ethics Programs Boast Stronger Economic Performance Post-COVID

Health-related small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Asia-Pacific region with high or medium ethics program maturity have had stronger economic performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research conducted by ethics think-tank Ethisphere. The study, conducted in collaboration with professor Laura Spence at the University of London Royal Holloway, covered more than 220 firms across 18 members of the...

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Library Fines are Not Fine

The New York City Public Library system recently gave compliance professionals a lot to think about. The typical compliance program follows this recipe: Identify expected behaviors Punish those who don't comply In the world of libraries, patrons are expected to return books on or before the due date. If they don't, they must pay a fine. So it was a...

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Overtime

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Overtime

The US Post Office has been in financial trouble for years. As a governmental entity, it has reacted to those difficulties like most commercial enterprises: cut staff, and ask everyone to do more with less. Fewer mail carriers means longer days. Longer days means overtime. Overtime means larger deficits. How do you curb overtime? Give pay raises only to supervisors who keep...

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Ensure Last Mile Delivery of Your Code of Conduct, Or Your Message Won’t Be Received

Simply "having" a code of conduct will not mitigate risk on its own. It requires constant upkeep, fresh training and communication and regular updates. If your code is lonely, your organization may be exposed. The story is familiar: Organizations with a code of conduct suffer an embarrassing misconduct allegation or ethical lapse. As they pick up the pieces, they’re left...

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