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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned Yesterday the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) announced that the Attorney General of the United States will offer keynote remarks at our upcoming Annual Conference . Not long after our blast email shared the news, I received a note from a longtime colleague whom I admire. He wrote: With all due respectJeff Sessions? Why invite controversy? It was a fair question deserving a response. ECI knew that we would receive feedback both good and bad when we first reached out to the Department of Justice (DoJ). So, I thought ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned A stinging headline surfaced in the news late last week. Buzz, the mascot who has brought the anthropomorphic face to Honey Nut Cheerios, is missing in action. Since he cant be located, he has been taken off the front of the cereal box that for 17 years has carried his image. General Mills the manufacturer and the provider of Buzzs sweet endorsement deal announced that until further notice the cereal box will display only the outline of the winged celebrity. I knowdespite Buzzs small size, this news is big. If you are like ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ARLINGTON, VA, March 22, 2017 - The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), America's oldest ethics research and membership association announced the launch of updated training courseware focused on leadership training for compliance professionals. ECI's Elevating Ethics and Compliance or "E2C" programs provide in-depth, online and classroom-style training. "This is not a program on fundamentals, it is a deep-dive into how to build, lead, evaluate and sustain high quality ethics and compliance programs," said Pat ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN . ECI's CEO, Pat Harned, discusses her thoughts about "the Big Dance" and how it relates to ethics and compliance. Its that time again...the bracket is set and the teams are on their way to The Big Dance. Its March Madness! I must admit that for quite a while I didnt really care about college basketball. But then I went to graduate school at Indiana University (IU), and I lived about 500 yards from the basketball stadium on campus. During the Bobby Knight years. Need I say more? A lot of time has passed since grad school, but at this time each year, the start of the tournament musters my loyalty ...
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It has become standard operating procedure for corporations to train their employees on ethics & compliance (E&C) related topics. But its a constant challenge to keep it relevant. Evolving business risks, learning demands from three generations of workers, and increased expectations of regulators are just a few of the reasons why training is one of the biggest investments in an E&C program. This past week 120+ E&C professionals gathered at ECIs Best Practice Forum on New Advancements in E&C Training. Together with adult learning experts and technologists, we spent a day and a half talking about what were really trying to accomplish with training, what works, ...
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There are plenty of articles, blogs, posts and Tweets discussing the recent release of the U.S. Department of Justices (DoJs) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs . Ive read dozens of thoughtful commentaries and participated in a number of conversations about what DoJ outlined thats new, whats not, whats missing, and what we wish they hadnt said. In all our musings, we forgot to say one thing. Thanks, DoJ! It was not that long ago that we had very little idea as to how the DoJ evaluated compliance programs in enforcement decisions. We were urging the Justice Department to help us build support for E&C through the public release of information ...
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NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org Arlington, VA, January 17, 2017 The Board of Directors of the Ethics Research Center (ERC), the research arm of ECI, today announced the appointment of Larry D. Thompson as the Chairman of the ERC Board, effective immediately. Patricia Harned, Ethics & Compliance Initiatives president and CEO, made the announcement. We are honored that Larry Thompson is going to be leading ERC, Harned said. His expertise in ethics and compliance will be an invaluable asset in leading the organization into the future. Mr. Thompson ...
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NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ECI Honors Ford Motor Companys Top Ethics Officer 2016 Marshall Award Winner ARLINGTON, VA January 12, 2017 The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) awarded the 2016 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics to Ford Motor Companys Global Director of Compliance, Raphael Z. Richmond. Richmond was honored at a ceremony and dinner during the ECI Fellows Meeting last evening. She joined Fords Corporate Compliance Office in May 2013, and has made significant contributions as its Director, enhancing ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, ECI, Rachael@ethics.org Matthew Bashalany, FTI Consulting, Inc. matthew.bashalany@fticonsulting.com Survey Finds Nearly Half of Supplier Firms' Employees Have Witnessed Misconduct ARLINGTON, VA , December 13, 2016 - Businesses that rely on extensive webs of third-party suppliers and contractors face a heightened risk of ethics and compliance breakdowns, which can damage reputation and create legal and financial consequences, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) and FTI Consulting found in a new survey ...
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ARLINGTON, VA, November 2, 2016 - The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has named compliance industry veteran David Childers as Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Childers, a certified ethics and compliance professional, is a charter member of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group and a former board member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. He is a widely-regarded pioneer in governance along with risk and compliance, further providing ECI with significant experience in brand management, organizational strategy, marketing and communications. "David Childers will provide ECI with an astounding breadth of experience and insight ...
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Over the past few weeks I have been writing about ECI's High Quality Program framework (HQPs) ; and the resources available to your organization through our community. This post addresses the fifth and final principle; accountability . The subject is an ideal way to end this series because it focuses on what happens when, despite every best effort, somebody in an organization breaks the rules. The way a company responds to a violation may be the most critical test of its commitment to ethics. As our Blue Ribbon Panel reported earlier this year, in companies with HQPs "the organization takes action and holds itself accountable when wrongdoing occurs." ...
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Over the past few weeks I have been emailing you with information about ECI's High Quality Programs framework , and the resources we provide to help your organization achieve that standard. I'm writing today to tell you about the fourth element of an HQP: a speak-up listen-up culture . Although senior leaders must accept ultimate responsibility for establishing a speak-up culture, employees at all levels have to feel supported enough to raise a concern. The stakes are high. In a strong culture, employees act as an early warning system for ethical lapses by reporting misconduct when they see it. But when the ethics environment is weak, employees and ...
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COMING NEXT WEEK: Essentials of Ethics & Compliance Tuesdays, October 18 - December 13, 2016 11 a.m. 1 p.m. ET WHAT: This comprehensive course, delivered online, offers a solid foundation for leading and sustaining a high quality ethics and compliance program in any organization. Completion of E2C qualifies you to take the Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC) certification examination and obtain the LPEC designation. WH O : E&C professionals at all levels. Space is limited! HOW : Register online . ECI member and group ...
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The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) provision, requiring senior financial officers to adopt a code of ethics does, in fact, lower restatements of earnings often associated with financial mismanagement. A longitudinal study, SarbanesOxley Section 406 Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers and Firm Behavior , spanning a decade provides some of the first substantive support for the effect and effectiveness of SOX, Section 406 . Dr. O.C. Ferrell and Dr. Linda Ferrell both Distinguished Professors of Leadership and Business Ethics at Belmont University were key drivers of the research, co-authored with Dr. Saurabh Ahluwalia (University of New Mexico) and Dr. Terri ...
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As you know, I've been sending a series of emails to tell you a little more about ECI's framework for a High Quality Ethics Program (HQP), and the ways our organization can help your E&C team work towards that objective. Today I'm writing to tell you about the principle that I personally feel most strongly about - building and sustaining a " Culture of Integrity. " To me, it's appropriate that this is the middle principle of five in the HQP framework. A strong ethical culture is central to an E&C effort; the success of all your efforts depend on it. Just as an arch crumbles if you remove the keystone from the middle, without a strong culture, an organization ...
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You may recall that last week I sent an email to tell you about several new and exciting resources that are now available at ECI. I shared that ECI is dedicated to providing ongoing support to our members as you pursue the goal of establishing and sustaining a high quality ethics and compliance program (HQP). Last week I also talked about the first principle of an HQP - making ethics and compliance central to business strategy and a core element of every operational function. This week I'd like to share a few thoughts about how ECI can help your organization focus on the second principle of an HQP; risk management. In assembling its report on HQPs earlier ...
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From Enron to Volkswagen to even more recent headlines about corporate scandal, one cant blame the public for wondering if comedian George Carlin had it right when he joked that business ethics is an oxymoron. But, in truth, most organizations work hard to comply with the law, and scandals are big news precisely because they are actually unusual. That reality doesnt diminish the pain and damage when business leaders do wrong. But as compliance experts told the House Judiciary Committee recently, recognizing that headlines may make things appear worse than they are provides important perspective as we consider how to cut down on organizational fraud and corruption. ...
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Are you new to ECI membership or a long-time member who wants to see what has changed about your membership lately? Join us to hear about all the benefits of ECI membership. You will see an overview of the website and hear about upcoming community events, research projects and certification opportunities. Ronnie Kann , EVP for Research and Program Development, and Cathy Hooper , Membership Development Manager, will bring you up to speed on ECIs current and upcoming activities. WH EN : Wednesday, September 21 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET Register Now
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Several studies and numerous news articles have suggested that self-driving cars present important ethical questions that require resolution before the vehicles are allowed to take the road. But the engineers working on this new technology say it’s all just overblown hype because the stark choices in the studies and articles simply don’t happen in real life. Most of the moral discussion centers around variants of the famous “trolley problem,” which requires a choice between two tragic outcomes. In the case of self-driving cars, one typical question is whether the car should be programmed to swerve into a loaded bus rather than run over an infant. ...
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According to Secretary of State John Kerry , there’s one more reason to fight corruption: it’s the root cause of terrorism. In a little noted speech during his recent trip to Nigeria, Kerry said the humiliation, marginalization, and poverty produced by corruption are valuable recruiting tools for terrorist organizations. He said fighting corruption should be “a global security priority of the first order.” He said nothing is more demoralizing to people than believing that the system is rigged against them and that frustration will lead some to fight back with acts of terror. “Corruption is not just a disgrace and a crime. It is also dangerous,” ...
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