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How Embedding Ethics in Your Business Drives Compliance and Much, Much More

November 6, 2012

Whether in terms of maximizing opportunities or reducing unwanted risk, research shows that a company's system of governance, culture, and leadership—its "Human Operating System"—makes a significant difference in everything from overall financial performance to innovation, loyalty, customer satisfaction, reputation, and levels of misconduct.

Ethics and compliance programs can help build a company's Human Operating System, significantly improving the likelihood that employees at all levels of the organization will make values-based, compliant decisions at every turn. But to have significant impact, ethics and compliance programs must be embedded into the business and be aligned with the company's mission. They need to be embedded because programs that exist separate and apart from the "real business" are easily ignored and irrelevant distractions. And they need to be aligned with the mission—the company's goals and objectives—because employees at all levels are driven (...

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