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Giving Credit for Good Ethical Behavior

Patricia Harned | March 11, 2008

Aletter came to me from a reader not long ago, and I have to admit that her question gave me pause. (I’ve given the author a psuedonym.)

Dear Pat,

I read some of your articles in Compliance Week and wanted to seek your perspective on incentives—specifically, the thought of recognizing employees who have set an example in working with compliance with a letter (perhaps signed by the CCO or CEO). Have you experienced this type of reward, or could you direct me to a resource where I might obtain a letter template?

I appreciate your feedback.

Anne, CCEP

Regional Compliance Officer

Hmmm. I am not aware of any company whose CEO or CCO sends a signed letter to ethical exemplars, and now that I think about it, I’m not sure I can point to many companies that make a concerted effort to provide incentives for good conduct beyond an annual award or a chairman’s cup given to a select few employees....

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