culture

Annual meeting season gets underway soon, and that means boards of directors meeting with powerful shareholder groups. This year’s season promises to be a bit different, as those investor groups ask pointed questions to boards about corporate culture and whistleblower retaliation. Ethics and compliance officers might want to consider the role they can play here.…

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compliance

We have an update to that corporate governance drama at Cardinal Health, where the Teamsters were trying to strip the CEO of his role as board chairman, and cited excessive pay to the company’s chief compliance officer as evidence of poor leadership. Their campaign worked. Granted, their shareholder proposal failed to win a majority at…

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Uber

Even before Uber’s board met this weekend to consider putting CEO Travis Kalanick on leave, this company fascinated me. It should fascinate every compliance professional, really—since Uber demonstrates so many ways that things can go wrong through inattention to governance, ethics, and compliance. A full litany of Uber’s problems is available from a New York…

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For corporate governance and compliance thinkers, Mylan Labs is the gift that keeps on giving. Earlier this week we looked at the compensation incentives Mylan designed for senior executives—incentives that drove them to raise the price of EpiPens to punishing levels for consumers. Let’s keep pulling on that thread. It leads to some excellent questions…

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pandemic

One of my other favorite blogs about compliance and risk management is the one maintained by ACL, a software vendor that caters to the internal audit industry. Those of you who like to ponder the future of our profession might want to read the most recent post there, “The Maturing World of GRC” by John…

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compliance

Sometimes useful material floods into the corporate compliance world, and this week is one of those times. We have two new documents worth your consideration: a report from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics; and new guidance on measuring corporate culture from the U.K. Financial Reporting Council. Each one deserves in-depth analysis in its…

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internal audit

I spent a lot of time these days reading audit committee charters, to see how boards address risk management. I’ll be giving a talk on that subject later this year at the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics annual conference, and what better way to prepare than to go straight to the raw material? How…

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erm framework

COSO Chairman Robert Hirth visited Boston yesterday, speaking to the CAE Leadership Forum about COSO’s proposed new framework for enterprise risk management. I was lucky enough to attend and Hirth raises some excellent points about how COSO wants to help companies implement ERM, so let me recap the highlights here. First, we mentioned in this…

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erm framework

Sharpen your pencils, all enthusiasts of enterprise risk management: COSO has unveiled its new draft framework for ERM and is calling for public comment. The exposure draft is available on the COSO website, and the comment period runs from now until Sept. 30. This is COSO’s first update to the ERM framework, which it originally…

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You gotta love goodwill. It seems like such a simple concept in financial reporting, yet somehow it can drive corporate accountants, compliance officers, auditors, senior executives, and financial analysts all crazy. For the non-accountants out there (and we’ll explain why goodwill matters to you shortly), goodwill is the value a company assigns to the intangible…

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