Talking About Bribery in the Country Where I Bribed

I recently returned from a week in Amsterdam, addressing front-line compliance challenges, and attending several anti-corruption conferences. It was a surreal experience for me, for in 2003 I paid a “Dutch Agent approximately $15,000 based on an invoice for marketing services knowing that the Dutch agent would then pass all or some of that money […]

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The Five Levels of Building an Ethical Culture

This guest post is by Alison Taylor, Director, BSR,  and  first appeared on BSR here.  How to build and sustain an organization whose employees are happy, motivated, and ethical remains one of the most complex, elusive questions confronting business leaders. Organizational culture is determined by the interaction of systems, norms, and values, all of which influence […]

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What Does the “Good News Cocoon” Mean to Business & Compliance?

Recently, I had the pleasure of engaging with compliance and business leaders in Europe and Asia. It’s an honor to be traveling again, and to hear about ethical and compliance challenges from those who work in the middle of risk, as well as from leaders who are tasked with supporting the commercial workforce in how […]

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A China Compliance Diary

When my supervision (probation) ended in January 2017, the US District Court in DC released my passport, and I could once again travel internationally.  And with that milestone, a note of thanks to all the international event organizers, from London to Shanghai, that have been so patient and cooperative in bringing in my experience and […]

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Can marketing and compliance share a playbook?

I recently read an article in the Winter 2017 MIT Sloan Management Review, Mastering the Market Intelligence Challenge (Chari, Luce & Thukral). In this work, the authors address how “many multinationals simply import their domestic models into emerging markets.” And whilst this work is directed towards those who deal with market intelligence in emerging markets, […]

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Gluten-Free Compliance

This past November, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sean Freidlin, Marketing Manager of Compliance & Ethics at SAI Global, www.saiglobal.com  at The Little Beet Restaurant in NYC, to discuss my history with compliance, bribery, corruption, and the FCPA for a recently published eBook. The restaurant describes its gluten-free menu as “wholesome food […]

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VIDEO: The Bribery Act, The SFO & DPA’s: Talk of Change?

In this video interview, Barry Vitou (www.thebriberyact.com), Partner, Pinsent Masons, and head of their Global Corporate Crime Team, addresses: His initial interest in global anti-corruption issues. The role and mandate of the SFO and NCA. Differences, as well as similarities,  in the structure and enforcement of the FCPA and The Bribery Act. The current regime of […]

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Gearing Compliance to the Tasks at Hand

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for my first SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI), and attended a session  “Keeping Compliance Simple,” which was led by Ricardo Pellafone, CEO, The Broadcat (www.thebroadcat.com) and John Partridge of Gibson Dunn.  It was an engaging session, and it gave me an opportunity to reflect on […]

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VIDEO: Kristy Grant-Hart on “How to Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer.”

In this fifteen minute interview, Kristy Grant-Hart (Managing Director, Spark Compliance Consulting) answers a number of questions pertaining  to her recent book How to Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer. Kristy talks about her journey from a career in TV to compliance executive, where, as the Chief Compliance officer for United International Pictures, she traveled to over […]

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Due Diligence Questions Chief Compliance Officers Should Ask In A Job Interview

  The following guest post is by Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search. Earlier this month I posed a question to Chief Compliance Officers around the world: “Since today’s regulatory climate means you may face increased personal liability for corporate wrong-doing, what due diligence questions are you now asking potential employers and Boards before […]

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