Posts by Matt Kelly

Tech Workers Suspect Harassment Payouts

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Ethical culture warriors, reflect on this: a new survey of technology workers finds that one-third of them believe their companies give generous payouts to employees leaving amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The survey was conducted by Blind, an online social network that allows employees to talk about their companies anonymously. Blind simply asked: “True or…

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Ethics, Compliance, and Corporate Value

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We have one more point to explore about that new research finding that strong internal whistleblower activity correlates to better business outcomes — namely, why a speakup culture and better business outcomes are moving in step with each other, and why that two-step dance is only going become more crucial to corporate success in the…

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Compliance Jobs Report: Nov. 9

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The Compliance Jobs Report this week has personnel moves at Mylan in Europe, Discovery, Leidos, Johnson & Johnson, and other companies this week. A few compliance officers are leaving corporate life for consulting world; higher ed veterans wanting to work in California, we have something for you; and we note the passing of a legend…

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Thoughts on IoT and Cybersecurity Risk

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This week I attended the AuditWorld 2018 conference in Las Vegas, a gathering of several hundred audit and IT security executives to swap insights about cybersecurity and internal control. I wandered into a session about cybersecurity concerns for “the Internet of Things” — and wouldn’t you know it, a conversation about policy and vendor risk…

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The Midterms, Compliance, and You

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All right, corporate compliance officers: the midterm congressional elections are over. We can now start dissecting what the results mean for corporate conduct and risk issues for the next two years. That the Democrats took back the House by a margin smaller than they wanted, but large enough to win — well, that’s not news.…

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More on Internal Reporting Data

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Last week we presented new academic research that found a strong correlation between more internal whistleblower reporting and better business outcomes: fewer material lawsuits against the company, smaller legal settlements, better corporate governance, and even higher profitability metrics. This is crucial material for compliance officers that raises lots of issues to explore. So today we’re…

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Compliance Jobs Report: Nov. 2

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The Jobs Report this week has compliance officer moves in several European companies, including a new CCO at SBM Offshore. We also have hires in pharma and higher education here in the Untied States; Amazon hiring some compliance jobs; and our Compliance Meme of Week. I gather these bits of information from LinkedIn, news alerts,…

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Dispatches From Securities Enforcement Forum

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Scads of securities lawyers gathered in Washington on Thursday for the annual Securities Enforcement Forum, a one-day confab on all things related to enforcement actions against publicly traded companies — insider trading, FCPA, cybersecurity, whistleblower retaliation, and much more. The event is run by SecuritiesDocket.com, which follows securities enforcement just as obsessively as we follow…

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Holy Grail: Study Ties Internal Reporting, Business Outcomes

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Important new academic research published this week empirically confirms something most corporate compliance officers have long suspected: a clear correlation between more internal whistleblower reporting and better business outcomes. The research, from George Washington University and the University of Utah, examined anonymized whistleblower hotline data compiled by NAVEX Global. Basically, the researches devised several benchmarks…

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Michigan State Reorgs Compliance Again

Michigan State

Breaking news from East Lansing, Mich., today: Michigan State University has reorganized its office for ethics and compliance just four months after the department was created, consolidating the office into the university’s existing internal audit function. We last saw Michigan State blundering around the compliance world in June, when acting university president John Engler said…

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