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Essentials For An Ethical Corporate Culture

Harvey L. Pitt | July 25, 2006

At Compliance Week’s 2006 Annual Conference on Governance, Risk and Compliance, Compliance Week columnist and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt addressed some of the concerns inherent in building an ethical culture. This column contains the remarks he delivered at that time.

We’ve come a long way in the past several years, to the point where no one finds it unusual to have a conference devoted to the important subjects of governance, risk and compliance, with many very knowledgeable speakers arrayed to give you the benefit of their vast experiences. In my opinion, no one does this better than [Compliance Week founders] Scott Cohen and Frank Hertz, so my hat’s off to them for a splendidly organized educational effort.

I do have a bone to pick with [Compliance Week founders] Scott [Cohen] and Frank [Hertz], however. They’ve put me in a very difficult position—the daunting task of keeping you interested in...

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