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Ask Amii coronavirus mailbag: How prepared can you be for the unknown?

2020-04-03T15:53:00+01:00By

In this special edition of the Ask Amii Mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn answers questions on tackling the unchartered territory of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Survey: Lessons from those who weren’t ready for coronavirus

2020-04-02T14:58:00+01:00By

Survey respondents who said their companies weren’t prepared for the coronavirus pandemic said they failed to recognize that the pandemic would morph from a far-away, supply chain disruption issue into a complete business shutdown at home.

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Coronavirus: The EPA’s greatest excuse, companies’ greatest test of ethics

2020-04-01T19:26:00+01:00By

As the Environmental Protection Agency abdicates its oversight responsibilities, pointing to the coronavirus pandemic, now is the time for true leaders to lead.

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Survey: With ethical dilemmas aplenty, compliance in position to lead

2020-04-01T14:27:00+01:00By

The coronavirus has turned everyday no-brainers into ethical quandaries, which makes it all the more critical for ethics to play the role of conscience for the business.

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10 ways to maintain a social, positive workplace amid coronavirus

2020-03-23T15:37:00+00:00By

It’s more important than ever for senior leadership teams—including ethics and compliance officers—to do their part to help maintain a sense of normalcy in the virtual workplace.

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Conference organizers innovate online as coronavirus cancels live events

2020-03-20T20:02:00+00:00By

While the convention industry is taking a huge financial hit during the coronavirus outbreak, it’s also being forced to innovate.

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Some good news: Ethical standouts during coronavirus crisis

2020-03-19T18:35:00+00:00By Compliance Week

Strong ethical voices are needed now more than ever, and fortunately many companies and individuals have stepped up to answer the call. We’ve rounded up dozens in an effort to shine a light on good being done.

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Ask Amii mailbag: How to push for greater say at your company

2020-03-19T16:05:00+00:00By

The latest edition of the Ask Amii mailbag provides guidance on getting compliance more involved in conversations with key decision makers. Amii also gives her thoughts on when the time is right to change careers.

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Elon Musk’s response disappointing amid coronavirus chaos

2020-03-18T17:09:00+00:00By

Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes coronavirus panic is more harmful than the virus itself, but he’s done little to provide help in any form despite having the platform to do so.

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For some companies in the age of coronavirus, ethics pays

2020-03-17T20:58:00+00:00By

Despite slow governmental response to the coronavirus outbreak that is grinding the world economy to a halt, several businesses have decided it is worth going above and beyond to help customers and employees.

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Lawsuit: Former iRobot compliance head alleges firing over flagged dealings

2020-03-13T16:00:00+00:00By

The former director of compliance for iRobot—maker of the robot vacuum cleaner Roomba—claims in a federal lawsuit he was fired for pointing out the company’s violations of state, federal, and international law.

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Ethical leadership more important than ever during coronavirus crisis

2020-03-13T15:22:00+00:00By

Not a single one of us can predict with any kind of certainty what will come next. And that’s exactly why we need strong ethical voices now more than ever.

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Ethics and compliance lessons from Astros’ cheating scandal

2020-03-12T19:59:00+00:00By Carrie Penman and Mark Robertson, Compliance Week Guest Columnists

The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal offers important lessons for leaders of all organizations about the risks associated with a win-at-all-costs or short-term outlook.

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10 takeaways from ‘Science of Workplace Investigations’

2020-03-11T21:34:00+00:00By

A former U.S. Department of Justice attorney laid bare the tools in his “lie detection” toolbox to help compliance officers manage this responsibility.

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Wells Fargo former board chairs hesitant to accept accountability

2020-03-11T20:17:00+00:00By

Elizabeth Duke and James Quigley remained unwavering about accepting any sort of accountability in their oversight roles as former board members of Wells Fargo at a tense Congressional hearing Wednesday.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Your reputation, employee relations, and more

2020-03-11T16:34:00+00:00By

The latest edition of the Ask Amii mailbag answers queries on how to protect your reputation when your leaders break the rules; Amii also shares her perspective from the trenches on toiling as the ethical employee.

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Wells Fargo CEO says bank’s past behavior ‘deeply disturbing,’ vows change

2020-03-10T20:20:00+00:00By

Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf, who has led the scandal-plagued megabank for four months, was upfront about the bank’s failure to stem abuses in its banking, lending, and auto insurance divisions when he testified at a Congressional hearing Tuesday.

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Two Wells Fargo board members resign ahead of congressional hearing

2020-03-09T15:39:00+00:00By

Two Wells Fargo board members who were scheduled to testify at a congressional hearing this week in the aftermath of the financial institution’s fake account scandal have resigned.

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Former NCUA ethics officer drank at strip clubs on job, report reveals

2020-03-09T15:03:00+00:00By

The long-serving ethics officer for the National Credit Union Administration retired late last year after admitting to visiting strip clubs and drinking on the job, according to an internal investigation.

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Congressional report blasts ‘reckless megabank’ Wells Fargo, regulators

2020-03-05T20:19:00+00:00By

A scathing report on Wells Fargo published by the House Financial Services Committee majority tells the story of a recidivist megabank whose senior management and board of directors refuse to take compliance seriously and the unresponsive financial regulators who let it all slide.

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Six compliance lessons from Wells Fargo’s really bad week

2020-02-28T17:29:00+00:00By

Two more settlements reached by Wells Fargo with regulators in the span of a week impart yet more “what not to do” ethics and compliance lessons.

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Bombardier’s compliance program progressing, says review

2020-02-18T17:54:00+00:00By

A recent review of Bombardier’s compliance policies and procedures details how the Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company is “working towards having a best-in-class program.”

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Special report: Compliance training

2020-02-10T14:58:00+00:00By

If you’re worried about whether your curriculum is truly effective, start with 10 tips from CW columnist Amii Barnard-Bahn on how to take compliance training to the next level.

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Confronting ‘willful intent’ in third-party corruption cases

2020-02-04T20:03:00+00:00By

Even as companies continue to agree to multi-billion-dollar settlements related to the corrupt acts of third parties, managing the risks associated with them nevertheless eludes many compliance departments.

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First four ‘Excellence in Compliance Awards’ finalists revealed

2020-02-04T17:19:00+00:00By

Compliance Week is proud to announce its first four finalists for the “Excellence in Compliance Awards,” a newly formed program that recognizes individual achievement in one of 13 categories relating to risk and compliance.

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Compliance lessons from recent EEOC enforcement data

2020-01-31T19:24:00+00:00By

Recent enforcement and litigation statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission put the spotlight on where chief compliance officers should be focusing their efforts pertaining to workplace conduct issues.

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Europe’s high court strikes blow to drug companies in ‘pay-for-delay’ case

2020-01-30T21:47:00+00:00By

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority won a victory in a decision by Europe’s high court, ruling GlaxosmithKline’s entering of a financial deal with industry rivals to delay the generic version of its drugs violates EU competition law.

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NAVEX Global: Top 10 compliance trends for 2020

2020-01-17T19:20:00+00:00By

A recent Webinar, and complementary report, from NAVEX Global offers a look at the top 10 risk and compliance trends for 2020.

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Samantha Power to deliver keynote at Compliance Week 2020

2020-01-16T19:32:00+00:00By Compliance Week

Compliance Week is thrilled to announce the addition of Samantha Power as a keynote speaker at its 2020 National Conference in Washington D.C.

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My Compliance Library: ‘Crisis of Conscience’ explores whistleblower culture

2020-01-13T18:31:00+00:00By

The latest installment of My Compliance Library examines “Crisis of Conscience,” a wide-ranging look at whistleblowers and the toxic cultures that lead to their critical role in enacting change.

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Samsung establishes compliance oversight committee

2020-01-09T19:42:00+00:00By

Samsung Group has announced its intent to establish a corporate compliance oversight committee as the company seeks to clean up its tarnished reputation following a slew of scandals.

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Special report: Compliance 2020

2020-01-06T14:24:00+00:00By

CW Editor in Chief Dave Lefort offers 10 predictions on what will dominate compliance headlines in 2020.

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Apple, Walmart among compliance winners of 2019

2019-12-27T17:13:00+00:00By

Strong social stances, a dedication to doing what’s right, and leading by example highlight the qualities exemplified by our list of ethics and compliance winners of 2019.

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Top ethics and compliance failures of 2019

2019-12-27T17:13:00+00:00By

From antitrust and privacy concerns in the tech world to compliance officer liability in the pharmaceutical industry to unethical practices in the banking and accounting professions, more than a dozen companies made Compliance Week’s list of the biggest compliance fails in 2019.

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Ask Amii mailbag: TPRM from a third-party perspective

2019-12-20T19:47:00+00:00By

The latest edition of the Ask Amii mailbag analyzes a case of a third party’s recommendation being ignored and offers tips on when it’s the right time to change career paths.

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L’Oréal Q&A: Becoming the ‘most ethical company in the world’

2019-12-17T16:27:00+00:00By

L’Oréal’s Chief Ethics Officer Emmanuel Lulin shares with Compliance Week how the 110-year-old consumer goods company is working toward its lofty ambition of becoming “the most ethical company in the world.”

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WADA mess: Sports regulator’s light touch sends bad compliance message

2019-12-13T15:55:00+00:00By

One of sports’ key enforcement agencies handed out a penalty this week that sent a message no regulator wants to send: Punitive action may only come after the guilty party has already reaped the rewards.

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Former FCPA chief’s 7 steps to third-party compliance

2019-12-12T21:03:00+00:00By

Speaking at CW’s Third-Party Risk Management and Oversight Summit, former FCPA Unit chief Kara Brockmeyer called attention to recent enforcement actions against Walmart and Ericsson as a way to highlight seven steps to third-party compliance.

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Introducing ‘The Excellence in Compliance Awards’

2019-12-02T22:03:00+00:00By

Compliance Week is making some changes to its annual awards for 2020, evolving the “Top Minds” recognition into a full-blown, specifically targeted awards program dubbed “The Excellence in Compliance Awards.”

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Six steps for developing an AI ethics framework

2019-11-20T20:56:00+00:00By

Artificial intelligence can undoubtedly improve processes and create efficiencies, but it can also be an enormous risk if it’s not designed with ethics in mind.

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Survey: Workplace equality issues top of mind for European employers

2019-11-14T17:37:00+00:00By

Improving workplace equality is on the list of concerns and priorities for European employers, with many moving to address equal pay and workplace harassment, according to the findings of a newly released survey.

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Ask Amii mailbag: What makes a champion of culture?

2019-11-14T15:41:00+00:00By

In the latest edition of the Ask Amii mailbag, executive coach Amii Barnard-Bahn offers a checklist for measuring ethical culture, three guideposts for promoting culture at a startup, and her take on getting the right mix of in-person and virtual trainings.

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Carnival enhances its ethics and compliance function

2019-11-12T16:21:00+00:00By

As part of its new companywide ethics and compliance function stemming from a history of environmental violations, Carnival has announced seven new hires and internal promotions.

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Case study: How 3M uses predictive analytics

2019-11-11T18:32:00+00:00By

At a recent virtual conference, Michael Duran, chief ethics and compliance officer at 3M, shared in candid detail lessons learned from the company’s journey toward predictive analytics.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Steps to encourage employees to speak up

2019-11-05T17:43:00+00:00By

This edition of the Ask Amii mailbag offers tips on how to ensure your employees feel safe blowing the whistle, suggestions for encouraging collaboration, and advice for data managers on how to manage data ethically and responsibly in a segmented firm.

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Time to reassess the meaning of ‘compliance’

2019-11-04T16:22:00+00:00By

Deutsche Bank is just the latest scandal-plagued bank to make headlines, once again, for ignoring sound compliance advice. Maybe it’s time to eliminate the entire concept of compliance altogether, writes an exasperated Jaclyn Jaeger.

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First-ever directory of companies’ anonymous reporting hotlines released

2019-10-18T17:32:00+01:00By

A newly published online directory offers employees of Fortune 500 companies 10 tips and other best practices for reporting sexual misconduct, ethical violations, and fraud.

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AT&T might be the next Wells Fargo (and doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it)

2019-10-15T14:12:00+01:00By

A federal securities lawsuit against AT&T and multiple executives of the company mirrors many of the same troubling ethics and compliance failures that plagued Wells Fargo. Inside, we take a deep dive into the allegations.

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Oxfam slams U.K. supermarkets over worker abuses in supply chains

2019-10-11T16:47:00+01:00By

In an effort to cut costs and raise revenue, U.K. supermarkets are endangering employees with such abuses as a lack of toilets, unsafe drinking water, and illnesses resulting from exposure to pesticides, says a new report from Oxfam.

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Webcast: Effectively marketing your E&C program

2019-10-10T13:58:00+01:00Provided by

The role of a compliance professional is increasingly complex: Not only do you have to adhere to regulations and legal guidelines, but you have to engage your workforce to participate in your ethics and compliance program for it to be effective. In many ways this is similar to the changing ...