2021 Edelman Report: Businesses Have Trust


The Edelman Trust Barometer for 2021 just dropped today, and it continues to be a thought-provoking document for ethics and compliance professionals. The bottom line: people around the world distrust just about every institution except their own employer. So corporate compliance officers should turn that point to your advantage. The Edelman report arrives every January,…

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Edelman Trust Report Gets Grim


The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer arrived Monday morning, so ethics and compliance professionals should give it a read. The report paints an uncomfortable picture of distrust in business and government, with implications for how senior leaders demonstrate ethical commitment — and how challenging it can be to convince people that corporate commitment to good conduct…

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Lessons on Silos From Trump Administration


We pivot back to the Trump Administration today, which continues to give compliance and governance professionals lessons galore in how not to run a large organization. I spotted an article on Politico.com last week, just before the government shutdown. The headline was “Shutdown threat tanks West Wing morale,” which is no surprise unto itself. One…

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Anthem’s Blow Against Corporate Trust


The most important conversation not happening enough in ethics & compliance circles right now is the falling level of trust people have in corporations. If we want an example of how executive conduct puts companies in that position, look no further than health insurance giant Anthem and the recent actions of its CEO. Anthem’s CEO,…

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