climate change

So as you may have noticed recently, the world is on fire. And being buffeted by hurricanes. And suffering drought. And watching the polar ice caps melt away like Red Sox playoff hopes every summer.  Put simply, mankind is past the point of preventing the deleterious effects of climate change. Those effects are here now.…

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internal control

For years regulators have talked about the importance of data analytics in enforcement actions. Now the SEC has demonstrated that point with two enforcement actions for poor internal control and earnings manipulation, driven by the agency’s in-house analytics team. So we can’t say nobody warned us.  The enforcement actions were announced Monday, against a carpet…

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collaboration

Last week I spoke on a webinar about the role that compliance officers should play in helping to guide a firm’s electronic communications. After all, coronavirus has forced tens of millions to work remotely, so the use of “collaboration tools” such as Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and similar apps is soaring.  Well, what are the…

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compliance jobs

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has new hires at Visa, Google, and Sumitomo Mitsui, among other places. Also a bevy of promotions to note, and LRN has hired a new chief executive. We have job openings from Boston to Los Angeles, and our Meme of the Week goes out to anyone who received a…

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whistleblower

The Securities and Exchange Commission has, at long last, updated the rules for its whistleblower awards program. Among the changes: a presumption toward more generous awards at the lower end of the pay scale, restrictions on people who abuse the tipster process too often, and faster disposal of would-be tips that don’t meet the awards…

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FinCEN Files

The anti-money laundering compliance crowd should pull out your tablets and create several free hours on your schedule today. The same investigative reporters who delivered the Panama Papers in 2016 just dropped another mammoth exposé, this time looking at 20 years’ worth of failed AML compliance at five large banks. Known as the FinCEN Files,…

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princeton

The Trump Administration has opened an investigation into Princeton University and its anti-racism efforts — claiming that because Princeton officials say the university needs to do more to fight racism today, perhaps the school’s previous attestations about compliance with federal anti-discrimination law haven’t been accurate. So says a letter the Education Department sent to Princeton…

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equity

Business ethics research firm Ethisphere has launched a new effort to develop a social justice framework and identify best practices that companies can use to foster more equity in the workplace. Known as the Ethisphere Initiative for Equity and Social Justice, the project is a collaboration between Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance and an advisory…

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compliance jobs

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has compliance hiring news from Carnival Corp., Softbank, Citigroup, Seqirus, Ericsson, and elsewhere. We learned where the former CCO of the SEC just turned up, we have a very fashionable compliance job posting to note, and our Meme of the Week goes out to Winne the Pooh fans. As…

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cybersecurity

Today we circle back to enterprise cybersecurity and its role in effective corporate compliance. Why? Because researchers recently discovered a vulnerability in SAP software that lets attackers infiltrate your IT systems to steal personal data, alter financial transactions, or otherwise cause all sorts of mischief that would saddle your business with huge compliance concerns. The…

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