covid

A survey of more than 300 compliance officers finds that roughly half of you have been exclusively working from home since the Covid-19 crisis started four months ago — and while that transition hasn’t been as bad as you’d feared, concerns about compliance failures and budget cuts are rising swiftly. So says a report from…

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compliance

The Justice Department updated its guidance for evaluating effective compliance programs on Monday, adding new material about how often a company reviews the structure of its program, a compliance officer’s access to data, and how companies integrate acquisitions into their existing programs.  The department posted the update without fanfare on Monday afternoon, and had made…

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cftc

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission updated its enforcement manual last week for the first time in 26 years, with a heap of attention paid to the importance of corporate compliance programs when firms are looking to reduce potential monetary penalties.  The update, published as a four-page memo from the CFTC Enforcement Division on May 20,…

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budget

The law firm Hogan Lovells just published a report on compliance department budgets and staffing that paints a troubling picture on both fronts. Since budgets and manpower are crucial to any compliance officer’s success on the job, let’s take a look at the details. The broad message is simple. Businesses in North America and Europe…

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Today we have another Radical Compliance podcast interview, this time talking with Ling-Ling Nie about how she is trying to build the first formal ethics and compliance function at Georgia Tech. Nie joined Georgia Tech last March after a distinguished career in the corporate sector. Her objective since then has been to build a formal,…

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has dinged a broker-dealer firm in New York $250,000 for putting an untrained compliance associate in charge of gathering data about stocks the firm offered to clients, and letting traders do business in those stocks without any real sense of how accurate their information was. The firm, Canaccord Genuity Corp.,…

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Walmart fcpa

All weekend I’ve contemplated what to say about Walmart’s FCPA settlement. Quick minds in ethics and compliance have already pumped out paragraph after paragraph dissecting the case, and more minds will pump out more paragraphs still, before everything is said about this landmark case. Except, the Walmart case isn’t a landmark, really. Read the statement…

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Navex Global has published its latest annual ethics & compliance benchmarking report, a deep dive into all sorts of activities and priorities among corporate compliance programs. It’s a great document to help compliance officers place their own issues in larger context, so let’s take a look at what Navex had to say. Typically Navex publishes…

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discipline

This week I had the good fortune to attend a luncheon of compliance professionals here in Boston, where we talked about the Justice Department’s new guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of compliance programs. Our host was Vincent DiCianni, founder of Affiliated Monitors, and he hit upon a great point about what really matters for successful…

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Here’s a tale of corporate misconduct on the high seas that compliance officers will want to see: Carnival Corp. has agreed to pay a $20 million fine and hire a chief compliance officer for violating a corporate probation agreement over environmental pollution. The headline is that Carnival had agreed in 2017 to a court-appointed compliance…

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