AG Sessions to Speak on Corporate Compliance

By Matt Kelly | March 29, 2017 | 1 Comment
Jeff Sessions

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative has lined up Attorney General Jeff Sessions to speak at its annual conference next month. It will be one of the first times Sessions speaks at length about corporate misconduct and the compliance function’s role in preventing it. Landing a sitting attorney general to speak at a compliance conference is…

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United’s Policy Management Lessons

By Matt Kelly | March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Compliance officers who want a glimpse of your future, look no further than the spectacle that unfolded Sunday morning at Denver International Airport: a tale of policy management mismanaged, reputation risk, and plenty of commentary on social media. Some day, some way, a headache like this will be yours. This time the lucky company was…

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Compliance Jobs Report: March 24

By Matt Kelly | March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Volvo Car Group has announced a new chief compliance officer, picking him up from Dassault Systems. Louis Berger (which is a company) named a new chief integrity officer. We also have personnel moves at Ortho Clinical, Centene, and Meritor, among other companies. And Preet Bharara, recently fired as U.S. attorney, has his first new job.…

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SEC Nominee on FCPA, Compliance Costs, More

By Matt Kelly | March 23, 2017 | 1 Comment
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The Senate Banking Committee held its confirmation hearing today for Jay Clayton, the Trump Administration’s nominee to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. We have a few nuggets of detail worth an ethics & compliance officer’s attention, although the hearing mostly unfolded along predictable lines. On one side were Clayton and Republican members of the…

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Great Speech About Improving Corporate Culture

By Matt Kelly | March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a superb speech in London today about corporate culture and how to push the banking industry to higher standards of good conduct. Anyone who cares about corporate culture, regardless of whether you’re in the banking sector or not, should give his comments a…

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Anthem’s Blow Against Corporate Trust

By Matt Kelly | March 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

The most important conversation not happening enough in ethics & compliance circles right now is the falling level of trust people have in corporations. If we want an example of how executive conduct puts companies in that position, look no further than health insurance giant Anthem and the recent actions of its CEO. Anthem’s CEO,…

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Compliance Jobs Report: March 17

By Matt Kelly | March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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We are back to a busy compliance jobs report this week. The head of compliance for GE Capital just decamped to MUFG, and Volkswagen has named a coordinator for its forthcoming monitorship. VEON in Amsterdam has a new group compliance officer, and Columbia is looking to hire two professors of ERM. I gather these bits…

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Kroll Anti-Bribery Report Eyes Reputation Risk

By Matt Kelly | March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kroll and Ethisphere released their annual anti-bribery report today, a survey of what anti-corruption risks companies say they face, and the compliance efforts they use to tame those risks. If you’re looking for a good benchmarking report to read over lunch or on your commute home, this is one. The headline number: 57 percent of…

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Connecting Fraud, Pressure, and Culture

By Matt Kelly | March 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

What’s the difference between a high performance culture, and a high-pressure one? The distinction is important, after all. Pressure is one of the three forces that drive employees to commit fraud, along with rationalization and opportunity. We see pressure all the time in Corporate America, manifesting in all sorts of troublesome ways. Exhibit A would…

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FCPA: Pilot Program Extended, and Much More

By Matt Kelly | March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Compliance officers may feel a bit dizzy today—we’ve had a whirlwind of news related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act this week, particularly in the last 24 hours. From the Pilot Program, to voices of support within the Trump Administration, to fresh FCPA arguments in court, and that bizarro news about the U.S. attorneys, we…

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Technically, Radical Compliance is the personal blog of Matt Kelly, long-time writer and observer of the corporate compliance and GRC scene. I was a writer, editor, and publisher at Compliance Week, 2003 through 2015; some of you may know my from my career there. I also speak frequently at compliance conferences and other events, and will pretty much shoot the breeze on any compliance topic with anyone who asks.

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