Archive for 2018

Building an ethical culture: where to begin

Increasingly, official and other important expectations regarding compliance & ethics (“C&E”) programs have a culture-related component. But where should C&E professionals start in addressing this important but challenging area? One very useful resource is Regulating For Ethical Culture, recently published in Behavioral Science & Policy,  by Linda K. Treviño of […]

Nonmonetary conflicts of interest

In “Using behavioral ethics to curb corruption” – recently published in Behavioral Science & Policy – Yuval Feldman of Bar-Ilan University notes  that “Classic studies on the corrupting power of money focus on politicians influenced by campaign donations and on physicians whose health care decisions are affected by the receipt of […]

A valuable behavioral ethics and compliance resource

The Institute of Business Ethics recently published Using Behavioural Ethics to improve your Ethics Programme, a Business Ethics Briefing. For those interested in “behavioral ethics and compliance” – a frequently addressed topic in this blog – the briefing is a must read. Among the suggestions made in this piece is: “Ethics needs to […]

The latest on compliance programs from the Department of Justice

For at least three decades the U.S. Department of Justice has been encouraging – including, in some cases, incenting – companies to develop and implement effective compliance programs, most recently in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s speech Monday at the annual Compliance Week conference in Washington DC. Every C&E professional […]

Does your conflict of interest risk assessment do this?

My latest column in Compliance & Ethics Professional, available on page 2 of attached PDF. I hope you find it useful.

Directors and compliance programs: a look at the law

Many years ago, I was previewing for a general counsel a presentation on compliance programs that  I was planning to make to his company’s board of directors, and I mentioned the real  prospect of individual liability under the Delaware Chancery Court’s 1996 opinion in the Caremark case.  (Caremark – for […]

Should compliance officers be optimists?

First, a  short but intriguing piece from the back pages (in 2007) of the ABA Journal: Lawyers are often the exception to the rule. It’s no different, researchers are finding, in studies of optimists. A study by Duke University researchers found that, on the whole, optimistic people do better in […]

Accurately categorizing conflicts of interest

My most recent column in Compliance & Ethics Professional (p2 of attached PDF) briefly looks at three areas where it is important to accurately categorize COIs. You might find it useful in drafting COI policies or designing risk assessments.  

Five topics for compliance and ethics culture assessments

Compliance program assessments – which seem to be increasingly popular with both government enforcement personnel and companies seeking to enhance their programs as a matter of good corporate citizenship – can and generally should cover a lot of ground. And that ground ought to include the organization’s ethical culture. Of […]

Compliance risk – and mitigation – at the top

  Many years ago, the CEO of a client company told me that he wanted to fire another corporate officer there. I asked him what basis he had for this contemplated action and he said it was that the officer had failed to take mandatory compliance training. I responded by […]