Internal Controls


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Diageo to pay $5M for disclosure failures

2020-02-21T15:30:00+00:00By

Alcohol producer Diageo has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve charges brought against it by the SEC for disclosure failures, due to weaknesses in its internal disclosure processes.

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Six veteran CCOs, 5 questions: Improving your compliance training

2020-02-13T15:50:00+00:00By Compliance Week

Six senior compliance practitioners offer their perspectives on what makes for an effective training program and share tips and guidance for companies looking to enhance their education initiatives.

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White paper: Why So Serious? How Humor Can Boost Your Compliance Training

2020-02-13T07:25:00+00:00Provided by

We can all agree that most check-the-box compliance training is less than exciting. Actually, most of it is the opposite of exciting; it’s beat-your-head-on-the-desk boring. Venture outside of the box and add a few laughs.

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Spirit AeroSystems faces class action over accounting woes

2020-02-12T21:07:00+00:00By

In the wake of an ongoing accounting probe and the resignation of two top finance executives, Spirit AeroSystems is facing a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders.

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Compliance training 101: Know your audience

2020-02-12T17:56:00+00:00By

Need to get something off my chest before I pass along lessons learned from poorly executed compliance training.

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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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Spirit AeroSystems CFO resigns amid accounting probe

2020-01-31T22:24:00+00:00By

The chief financial officer and principal accounting officer at aerospace giant Spirit AeroSystems have resigned amid an ongoing accounting probe triggered by a compliance review.

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Effective AML training: Four questions to answer

2020-01-30T18:45:00+00:00By Simone Jones, International Compliance Association

There are a multitude of factors that need to be established when determining training requirements. What is clear is that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

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Lessons from a CCO ‘in way over his head’

2020-01-27T17:59:00+00:00By

A recent court ruling tells the story of a former chief compliance officer that “literally had no idea what he was doing or what he was getting himself into” when he took the position at an investment advisory firm.

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SFO guidance could help companies combat U.K. Bribery Act charges

2020-01-23T20:25:00+00:00By

New internal guidance from the U.K. Serious Fraud Office outlines what the regulator considers in determining if a company’s compliance procedures are adequate enough to defend against U.K. Bribery Act charges or qualify for a deferred prosecution agreement.

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Compliance 2020: A timeline

2020-01-02T14:03:00+00:00By Compliance Week

Compliance Week looks back at two decades of scandals, enforcement actions, and regulatory policies (2000-2019) that shaped the compliance function we see today.

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Top 10 risks to keep executives on their toes in 2020

2019-12-30T18:42:00+00:00By

A new study from Protiviti and North Carolina State University not only highlights those risks companies should keep an eye on in the coming year—it also prompts leadership to explore whether or not they’re taking enough risks.

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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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SEC cites ‘inadequate’ compliance in fraud charges against radio host

2019-12-23T19:53:00+00:00By

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Sacramento, Calif.-based radio host Keith Springer and his company with defrauding hundreds of retail clients. The SEC specifically singled out failures in Springer’s compliance program in its complaint.

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Most-trafficked content tells story of the compliance officer

2019-12-23T15:35:00+00:00By

Changes in the interests of our audience over the last several years help us to understand how much compliance officers must evolve in their jobs to meet the demands of a given time.

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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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France Telecom execs jailed over workplace bullying

2019-12-20T18:36:00+00:00By

The ex-chief executive of France Telecom and two other former executives have been jailed for pursuing a cost-cutting policy that was so severe it led to a spate of employee suicides.

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MetLife to pay $10M for ‘longstanding’ accounting errors

2019-12-20T14:08:00+00:00By

MetLife will pay a civil penalty of $10 million to resolve charges the insurance company violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of federal securities laws.

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Ex-WorldCom CEO released from prison early

2019-12-19T18:37:00+00:00By

Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was granted early release from prison due to deteriorating health. Ebbers had served 13 years of a 25-year sentence for participating in one of the biggest accounting frauds in U.S. history.

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Alleged compliance failures at Omnicare lead to healthcare fraud lawsuit

2019-12-19T16:25:00+00:00By

A series of alleged compliance failures at pharmaceutical services provider Omnicare has resulted in the Department of Justice intervening in yet another civil healthcare fraud lawsuit against the company.

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Future-proofing the compliance professional

2019-12-16T16:19:00+00:00By Simone Jones, International Compliance Association

There may be many aspects of the future outside our influence, but something we can control is our ability to invest in our knowledge and skills to better prepare us for the opportunities and challenges we may be presented with.

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Wells Fargo’s new TPRM head looked to Theranos for lessons

2019-12-16T14:49:00+00:00By

At CW’s Third-Party Risk Management and Oversight Summit, the head of Wells Fargo’s global TPRM group took a few pages out of biotech startup Theranos’ book to shed light on what not to do when building a risk culture.

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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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Swedbank announces governance overhaul, launches culture probe

2019-12-10T18:18:00+00:00By

Swedbank CEO Jens Henriksson announced the financial institution is making some major organizational changes “to create simpler and clearer decision-making structures to facilitate the realization of the bank’s strategy.”

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Ask Amii mailbag: 8 tips for workplace time management

2019-12-10T17:26:00+00:00By

Too many meetings, too little time? In the latest edition of the Ask Amii mailbag, executive coach Amii Barnard-Bahn offers tips on how to reset your corporate calendar and better prioritize your time.

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Compliance called out in Liberty Tax DOJ settlement

2019-12-04T20:58:00+00:00By

The Department of Justice is requiring Liberty Tax Service to greatly enhance its internal compliance controls as part of a proposed settlement with the tax preparation service provider over allegations of fraud and misconduct.

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BGC Financial to pay $3M for supervisory failures

2019-11-25T21:41:00+00:00By

BGC Financial was accused of various supervision, reporting, and recordkeeping violations that went on for more than five years in a $3 million enforcement action from the CFTC.

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Webcast: Improving efficiency with intelligent compliance

2019-11-21T14:54:00+00:00Provided by

Learn about the skill sets needed for compliance roles to succeed in the future, why security is becoming more important to compliance and supervision infrastructure, and compliance technology developments.

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Hong Kong, Singapore regulators fine UBS $59M for client overcharges

2019-11-20T20:14:00+00:00By

Swiss bank UBS will pay $59 million in total civil penalties in resolutions with both Hong Kong and Swiss regulators for overcharging clients for over a decade.

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Special report: Maturing in your technology journey

2019-11-18T15:12:00+00:00By

Results of Compliance Week’s second annual technology survey suggest companies are moving along the technological maturity curve in ways that are both quantitative and qualitative compared to last year.

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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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Internal control best practices for blockchain technology

2019-11-14T17:19:00+00:00By

Those in accounting who want to understand better the inherent risks, threats and vulnerabilities, and internal control best practices associated with the use of blockchain technology now have a first-of-its-kind framework to follow.

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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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White paper: Eliminate Manual Madness to Simplify Your Financial Processes

2019-11-13T14:21:00+00:00Provided by

Learn how to eliminate manual processes and mitigate risks within your month-end close.

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White paper: 12 Lessons from One Trillion Screens

2019-11-13T09:51:00+00:00Provided by

Now that RDC has carried out one trillion screens they assure you, efficient compliance screening is possible.

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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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White paper: Leveraging Microsoft Office 365 for Policies and Procedures Management

2019-11-05T04:32:00+00:00Provided by

In today’s business climate, policy and procedure management is essential to stay in compliance and create a solid foundation that will enable organizations to communicate effectively, foster a sense of company cohesion, develop employee engagement, and reduce noncompliance.

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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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Compliance lessons from recent nine-figure FCPA settlements

2019-10-24T15:46:00+01:00By

Walmart, TechnipFMC, Fresenius—just to name a few—have all fallen prey to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a record year of jacked-up enforcement and sky-high penalties.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Using compliance skill sets to influence operations

2019-10-22T17:11:00+01:00By

In this “Ask Amii” mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn discusses the pros and cons of outsourcing compliance, breaking tough news to business partners, and how to transfer compliance skills out of finance.

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White paper: Sustainability and the board: What do directors need to know?

2019-10-22T12:15:00+01:00Provided by

With growing investor attention to sustainability, there is often greater emphasis on the governance element (the “G”) of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and the board’s fiduciary duty to oversee a company’s strategy, risk, and capital allocation.

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Labeling employee a ‘compliance risk’ not defamation, says court

2019-10-16T19:51:00+01:00By

A former Biomet Argentina employee—in a bit of FCPA hot water—landed on his company’s restricted persons list, sued for defamation, and lost.

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ProPetro shuffles leadership team amid accounting probe

2019-10-10T19:46:00+01:00By

ProPetro Holding has announced a shuffling of its executive leadership team following the completion of a review conducted by its audit committee into a series of internal control failures.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Keeping up with AI, global compliance norms

2019-10-09T14:59:00+01:00By

In this “Ask Amii” monthly mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn explores the future of compliance and best practices for establishing your program in a non-U.S. domain.

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Webcast: Following the money to prevent human trafficking

2019-10-03T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

This webcast will help compliance executives explore the latest research and practical insights on how to manage human trafficking and manage third-party risks.

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White paper: Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting Considerations for Developing and Implementing Bots

2019-09-30T02:22:00+01:00Provided by

Companies are rapidly digitalizing parts of their business through robotic process automation (RPA). RPA uses computer-coded, rules-based software robots (i.e., bots) to automate certain human tasks.

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Counterpoint: CCO, GC independence is critical

2019-09-27T15:40:00+01:00By Matt Stankiewicz

Matt Stankiewicz of The Volkov Law Group discusses the importance of having compliance and legal remain separate functions.