citigroup

Today we return to Citigroup and its $400 million regulatory settlement from earlier this month, a case that offers a cornucopia of lessons for risk and compliance professionals. This time around, we consider what Citi’s board will need to do to rectify the bank’s poor internal governance.  First, let’s recap the case so far. The…

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falwell

The Lord works in mysterious ways, and compliance professionals witnessed that again this week. The Supreme Being sent us a flock of governance lessons to consider from the downfall of Jerry Falwell Jr., who just resigned as president of Liberty University amid a sex scandal. Falwell had been leader of the evangelical college since 2007.…

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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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ERM

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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