Archive for 2013

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others,…”

So famously said frequent contributor to this blog, Groucho Marx.  Well, we know that’s not right, but should we go all the way in the opposite direction, and agree with Einstein that “Relativity applies to physics, not ethics”?  At least when it comes to COIs the answer is a clear […]

Conflicts of interest in the press

One of the top COI stories of the past week concerned how ESPN’s financial relationship with the NFL  may have caused it to withdraw from  collaborating on a documentary about the league’s dealing with players’ traumatic head injuries.  Earlier in the month another sports news COI  issue – whether John Henry’s […]

Opposite Day at the COI Blog

Okay, I’m a bit late – since Opposite Day is traditionally celebrated on August 20 (or, by another reckoning, January 25 – in which case I’m very late, or very early).  But given my attraction to opposites – which extends to my wife, who reads only fiction, whereas I read […]

The interplay of C&E art and science

My latest conversation with Steve Priest – on C&E art and science – has just been posted on ECOA Connects. We hope you enjoy it.

Is your C&E program ready for a behavioral ethics upgrade?

Back to school time is almost upon us, so now’s as good a time as any for C&E officers to ask: what should we learn from the many scholars conducting behavioral ethics research that can help strengthen our C&E programs?  Here – by way of links to some recent posts […]

Include me out: whistleblowing and a “larger loyalty”

Loyalty plays a profound role in many aspects of modern civilization, including in the business world. Samuel Goldwyn – the font of much memorably expressed folk wisdom – was doubtless speaking for many business leaders in saying, “I’ll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.” But when it comes to […]

The new fall line up

Here are some C&E presentations I’ll be giving in the next couple of months: “Incorporating and Integrating Legal Ethics and Corporate Ethics,” at the Thomson Reuters 2013 Corporate Whistleblowing Forum, September 12 in NYC. “A Practical Guide to Addressing Conflicts of Interests,” at the ECOA’s 21st Annual Ethics and Compliance […]

Massive but (mostly) harmless conflicts of interest

The conflicts of interest will be enormous when  the recently announced merger between Publicis and Omnicom – each a giant ad agency (or collection of agencies) in its own right – is finalized.  Both companies, through their respective subsidiaries,  represent major players in such industries as automotive,   telecommunications,  food,  beverages, and beer […]

A bad week for weak compliance programs

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made,” Groucho Marx famously said. But having fake C&E programs may not be such a good idea, as two recent important legal developments suggest. The first involves a case brought by the U.S. […]

Are ethics and compliance only for the “little people”?

In our latest conversation on ECOA Connects, Steve Priest and I discuss the challenges of holding senior managers accountable for violations of ethics and compliance standards. We hope you find it interesting.