The Release of Statistics on Ethics and Compliance Programs In Enforcement Decisions: A Joint Report To The DOJ
Joint Report by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)
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In recent years, extensive ethics and compliance programs have become an integral part of corporate life, having grown significantly in prevalence, scope and effectiveness. Based on our research and the direct experience of our memberships, we know that the development of these programs has played a major role in building ethical cultures and promoting ethical behavior inside businesses. When well-implemented, there is evidence that ethics and compliance programs reduce misconduct and grow strong ethical cultures.
The ERC, ECOA, and the SCCE believe that, working together, the private sector ethics and compliance community and government enforcement agencies can deepen this commitment to ethical business and respect for the law by sharing information and identifying best practices in ethics and compliance.
The participation by DOJ enforcement officials at compliance and ethics forums sponsored by the ERC, ECOA, and SCCE throughout 2010 has expanded dialogue between the ethics and compliance community and government enforcement agencies. Among the areas of high interest, as identified in these discussions, is the importance given to ethics and compliance programs in prosecution and settlement decisions by government enforcement agencies.
In these forums ethics and compliance officers have urged enforcement officials to help build support for ethics and compliance through the public release of information about the mitigation benefits of strong ethics and compliance programs. Enforcement officials, in turn, want to know in greater detail how ethics and compliance officers use current DOJ data and what additional information would be most helpful.
Two surveys were distributed among corporate ethics and compliance practitioners; one conducted by the ERC and the SCCE, and one survey fielded among members of the ECOA. Both surveys posed a similar core set of questions; the ERC/SCCE survey contained additional questions not fielded by ECOA.
The survey was conducted from October 28 through November 30, 2010 and in total, 1,223 ethics and compliance professionals participated in the effort; a strong representation of the ethics and compliance field. More than half of the respondents (52%) indicated that they held the title of Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer or the equivalent in their organization.
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