Moving the Goalposts: Justice Department Redefines Effective Compliance

Compliance and Ethics: Should One Person Do Both?

The terms compliance and ethics are so closely related that we sometimes assume the functions not only overlap, but are actually one in the same. The compliance officer in most organizations may also be the ethics officer. While compliance and ethics could be viewed as intersecting circles, there is a clear divide. Instant Download: Read it Now Can’t see the...

Financial Institutions and a Lack of Ethics

Financial Institutions and a Lack of Ethics

Financial institutions have been guilty of a host of transgressions lately, and while the offenses are varied, their causes can be traced back to one key issue: a lack of ethics. Despite the issues being well publicized and having resulted in serious reputational harm, the transgressions continue to pile up. They've failed to grasp that increasing compliance resources isn't the...

The Person of the Year: The Chief Ethics Officer

The Person of the Year: The Chief Ethics Officer

With every changing of the calendar, Michael Volkov names a "person of the year." This year, the distinction goes to the Chief Ethics Officer, as companies are coming to a better understanding of the integral role a culture of ethical behavior plays in an effective compliance program. In fact, many are finding that you can't have one without the other....

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The New Frontier in Anti-Corruption Efforts

Ten years ago, talking about ethics in the context of business was a conversation stopper, much less a global campaign to combat corruption. But the world has been reshaped, as Seidman notes. The two spheres of the personal and professional are no longer clearly distinct and separate in a world that has gone from connected to interconnected to interdependent.

The Important Distinction Between Ethics and Compliance

The Important Distinction Between Ethics and Compliance

Compliance alone isn't enough, says Michael Volkov. Compliance alone is the bare minimum; fostering an ethical culture takes your compliance program to the next level, requiring little besides commitment. And there's the payoff, of course... employees want to work for companies that operate with integrity, and clients want to do business with ethical organizations.

Curing Ethical Blindness

Curing Ethical Blindness

We all have blind spots, literally and figuratively. This in itself isn't a problem, but failure to acknowledge these blind spots and intentionally check them when making key moves most definitely is. It may be the reason otherwise brilliant business people and leading corporations find themselves on the wrong side of the law, answering for major ethical lapses.

To the NFL – Show More Than Ethics, Show Some Humanity

To the NFL – Show More Than Ethics, Show Some Humanity

The NFL has been all over the news lately, and it's not for any of its teams' upsets or losses. Not on the field, anyway. Two scandals involving domestic violence -- and the league's treatment of the perpetrators -- have led to public outrage, with many viewing the punishments, initially little more than a slap on the wrist, as indicative...

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