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    ERC Welcomes Former U.S. Comptroller General Charles A. Bowsher to its Board of Directors

    Charles A. BowsherFormer U.S. Comptroller General Charles A. Bowsher has been elected to the board of directors of the Ethics Resource Center. Bowsher was appointed Comptroller General by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and served in that position until 1996. He followed that work with four years as Chairman of the Public Oversight Board (POB), an independent, private sector body that monitored and reported on the self-regulatory programs of the SEC Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Bowsher currently serves on the advisory board of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which was created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee the accounting profession and assumed the POB's duties. Bowsher also is a public board member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the leading non-governmental regulator for securities firms doing business with the U.S. public. He also has served on a number of corporate boards.

    More Information Please

    According to surveys conducted by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) the ethics and compliance professional community would like the DOJ to provide general statistics on the consideration given ethics and compliance programs in enforcement decisions. Additional data ethics and compliance practitioners would like the DOJ to make public include:

    • Descriptions—without identifying information—of individual cases in which ethics and compliance programs were a mitigating factor in enforcement decisions.
    • Information about what specific aspects of an ethics and compliance program factored into enforcement decisions.
    • Information about the benefits of an effective ethics and compliance program, such as helping avert a decision to prosecute or avoidance of other sanctions such as appointment of a monitor.

    Patricia J. HarnedERC President, Patricia Harned, selected as one of 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior

    Trust Across America, dedicated to unraveling the complexities of trustworthy business behavior, has selected 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. These people collectively represent a group that can genuinely transform and reverse the cycle of mistrust in business.

    January 2011 ERC Fellows Meeting

    ERC Fellows kicked off 2011 with a day a half of discussions on preparing their organizations to deal with a crisis and ensuring that decisionmakers’ take account of ethical considerations as they manage their way through turmoil. In collaboration with communications experts, attorneys, and corporate ethics and compliance officers steeped in crisis experience at the highest levels, the Fellows examined the stages of crisis, considered their organizations’ state of preparation, and pondered the ethical issues that might arise.

    Blowing The Whistle on Workplace Misconduct

    The whistleblower provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act raise a host of new questions for business leaders.

    • Will government rewards for blowing the whistle ruin employee motivation to report misconduct to their employer?
    • How can companies encourage employees to report misconduct internally?
    • Will hotlines still be enough?

    In this new report, ERC summarizes several years of research on whistleblowers, their motivations, and their actions. Blowing the Whistle on Workplace Misconduct also examines the corporate strategies that promote internal reporting when employees observe wrongdoing.

    Support NBES 2011

    ERC's National Business Ethics Survey is made possible by contributions from businesses, foundations and individuals. You can help us continue this important research by contributing to the NBES project. Please support us by making a donation. Donate Today!

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    The Complete Series of Supplemental Reports on Workplace Ethics

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