With Compliance Week’s return to Washington, D.C. for our 2022 National Conference this May comes a new edition of our annual “Excellence in Compliance Awards.”

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Now in its third year, the “Excellence in Compliance Awards” honor standout individuals and companies for their efforts in the areas of ethics and compliance. Past awards have gone to compliance practitioners from companies including U.S. Steel, FedEx, Disney, The MetroHealth System, and more.

Given the added demands of hosting an in-person event during the pandemic while maintaining a safe experience for all attendees, this year’s “Excellence in Compliance Awards” will be limited to five award categories. Future editions of the event may return previous award categories. This year’s awards will recognize the following:

  • Chief Compliance Officer or Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of the Year
  • Compliance Program of the Year (Company)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Compliance
  • Rising Star in Compliance
  • Compliance Mentor of the Year

The nomination deadline closed March 15. A CW panel will identify finalists in each of the categories besides Lifetime Achievement. For that category, no finalists will be selected—only a winner.

This person—a longtime compliance practitioner who has upheld the core principles of ethics and leadership throughout his or her career—will be announced in advance of the National Conference and will be profiled in our summer edition of Compliance Week magazine.

Finalists in each category will be named in late March, and winners will be recognized at the National Conference from May 16-18. Each winner will be interviewed by CW. Winners will not be required to attend the National Conference in order to receive their award.

Check out video interviews with last year’s winners and a list of every finalist on our awards site.

About each award

The CCO/CECO of the Year will be awarded to the practitioner who has best demonstrated the values of leadership, effectiveness, collaboration, communication, constructiveness, and vision at his or her organization. Special attention will be paid to CCOs/CECOs that have met the unique challenges posed by the pandemic and recent regulatory developments in areas including ESG, AML, data privacy, cybersecurity, and more.

For Compliance Program of the Year, we’re looking for best-in-class programs that can show measurable successes, demonstrate cultural impact across the company, and tell a story that ethics and compliance are truly baked into the decision-making process for the organization.

Rising Star in Compliance will go to an up-and-comer in the business who has shown the skills and ethics-first leadership needed to be a next-generation CCO. Potential nominees for our Mentor of the Year honor will be people who have provided needed guidance and leadership to peers or subordinates for the betterment of a particular organization’s compliance program or the profession at large.

The fine print

Please note members of our “Top Minds” Classes from 2016-19 will be eligible for “Excellence in Compliance Awards” as well. People can be nominated in more than one category.

Questions regarding the “Excellence in Compliance Awards” can be directed to editor@complianceweek.com.