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New gold standard for ethics and compliance programs

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 3, 2016

For years, ethics and compliance officers have turned to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other similar frameworks, to inform their ethics and compliance programs to prevent and detect violations of law.

The shortcoming in such frameworks, however, is that they focus only on minimum standards, based on compliance with laws or regulations. By following a check-the-box framework, companies severely limit the scope and effectiveness of their overall ethics and compliance programs.

Pat HarnedThe good news is that many companies from a wide variety of sectors and industries continue to exceed minimum standards, implementing ethics and compliance programs that don’t just satisfy regulatory expectations, but also make up the core of their overall business strategies. “They think much more broadly and deeply about ethics and...

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