investigations

Heartbreaker of a tale unfolding at the Romance Writers of America this week: a misconduct complaint filed against the head of the RWA’s ethics committee has backfired, leading to a revolt of the group’s membership, half the board resigning in protest, and the organization’s flagship event canceled for 2020.  Ethics and compliance professionals should give…

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board

Chief compliance officers are always looking for ways to maintain a productive relationship with the board, which isn’t easy considering all the issues both sides are trying to manage in a compressed amount of time. So today we have a podcast and column devoted to the subject. The podcast is a conversation I had with…

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board

This week I had the privilege of moderating a forum in New York for ethics and compliance officers who wanted to talk about an idea that makes tremendous sense: CCOs serving on corporate boards.  After all, regulators increasingly want companies to embrace a culture of compliance that avoids corporate misconduct in the first place, or…

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pandemic

The Institute of Internal Auditors just dropped an unsettling new report on the state of risk management. Namely, corporate board directors believe their organizations are better at managing key risks than corporate executives do — and an uncomfortably high number of executives and directors say that misalignment is OK.  The report, OnRisk 2020: A Guide…

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board

Regular readers of Radical Compliance know that I believe ethics and compliance officers serving on corporate boards is a superb idea. More and more of the governance challenges boards face, as they try to position their organizations for success, somehow touch upon ethics and compliance issues. Well, who understands those issues better than professional ethics…

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board

I recently spoke about the board-compliance officer relationship to a group of sitting audit committee chairs at major, publicly traded corporations. During the presentation the discussion turned to board structures and whether companies need a separate committee to oversee compliance (as opposed to the compliance function reporting directly to the audit committee). I think it’s…

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hacienda

A stunning story of corporate misconduct out of Arizona this week: A special investigator hired two months ago by Hacienda Healthcare has quit, saying the board thwarted his investigation into how a comatose patient there was raped and impregnated — and his departure seems to have driven 10 other managers there to resign, too. You…

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fcpa

Now that we’ve had a long weekend to digest the FCPA enforcement action imposed against Cognizant Technologies last week, compliance officers have a lot more consider here. In many ways what happened with Cognizant is an excellent case-study for corporate ethics and compliance done right, with a few points to ponder about potential risks to…

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third-party

Uneasy with your company’s third-party risk? Looking for some validation that your organization is normal? No worries — a fresh survey from Deloitte confirms that plenty of other organizations have only a precarious grip on their third parties, too. The report, released Tuesday and based on data from a Deloitte webcast held in October, found…

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Protiviti has released its annual report on enterprise risks worrying the corporate boardroom, and across all 10 risks likely to occupy your time in 2019, one theme shines through — unease about corporations moving into a digital world. The report surveyed more than 800 senior executives and board directors around the world, across a host…

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