Archive for 2013

Gifts, entertainment and “soft-core” corruption

I once asked students in an executive MBA ethics class if they thought that their employer organizations should have restrictive policies on gift receiving.  Nearly all said that such policies were unnecessary – as the students were sure that they wouldn’t be corrupted by gifts from suppliers or customers.  I […]

Avoiding compliance overkill

My latest column in Corporate Compliance Insights  – on how to achieve “Goldilocks compliance.” I hope you find it interesting.

Making “moral hazard” more moral

In a piece earlier this month in the Huffington Post,  Michael A. Santoro of Rutgers Business School   and Ronald J. Strauss of Montclair State University’s  business school  applaud the recent announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission of that agency’s “intention to abandon the long-standing practice of settling enforcement actions that allow defendants to […]

Self-assessment: does working in the E&C field make us better people?

Or maybe worse ones? My latest dialogue with Steve Priest on ECOA Connects – discussing possible connections between workplace E&C and how we act at home and in our communities – can be found here. What do you think?

Redrawing corporate fault lines using behavioral ethics

At various points in time – such as 1909, when the Supreme Court held that corporations could be  criminal liable for the offenses of their employees;   1943, when the Court developed the “responsible corporate officer” doctrine;  and 1991, when the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations went into effect  – U.S. law has changed to […]

What is the direction of C&E law and how fast is it moving?

In my latest column in  Compliance & Ethics Professional – which can be found on page two of this PDF: CEP 0713 Force and Trajectory of the Law – I look at those questions, with a particular focus on the “demand side” of costly enforcement actions. I hope you find it interesting.

Money and morals: Can behavioral ethics help “Mister Green” behave himself?

The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (or, depending on the translation, some variation on that thought). On the other hand, noted historian Niall Ferguson has shown that money is the foundation of much human progress. “Mister Green” has, of course, […]

Drafting or revising conflict of interest policies

G.K. Chesterton once said “There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people,” but some would argue that that meant that he never saw a conflict of interest policy.   You can bet that series of justly famous beer commercials won’t show The Most Interesting Man in the World line editing such policies. But […]

Is there room for ethics at the tax table?

In our most recent posting on the ECOA’s Ethics Exchange,  Steve Priest and I consider the meaning of the Apple corporate tax controversy for E&C programs. We’re eager to hear others’ views on this topic.

Spanning the globe: conflicts of interest in India

There are many ways to look at the world of conflicts of interest – by profession/industry, types of cognizable interests, types of conflicts, and methods of mitigation (e.g., disclosure, compliance programs).  In addition to these approaches, the COI Blog has  – through guest posts by Simon Webley, Lori Tansey Martens   and Judith […]