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About ECI

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is a best practice community of organizations that are committed to creating and sustaining high quality ethics & compliance programs. With a history dating back to 1922, ECI brings together ethics and compliance professionals and academics from all over the world to share techniques, research and, most of all, exciting new ideas.

ECI is the leading provider of independent research about workplace integrity, ethical standards, and compliance processes and practices in public and private institutions. Our research includes the long-standing National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES) of workplace conduct in the United States and the more recent Global Business Ethics Survey® (GBES) of workplaces in leading world economies.

ECI assists organizations in building strong cultures and developing High Quality Ethics & Compliance Programs (HQPs) in line with the five pillars identified by an ECI Blue Ribbon Panel. Embracing these pillars as our own operational standard, ECI provides organizations with tools and benchmarking services that enable them to assess the relative strength of their culture and program, identify areas for attention and stay abreast of new developments and best practices.

ECI also supports E&C officers, individual practitioners, academics and thought leaders with a full calendar of educational programming, networking and idea exchange opportunities and professional certification services. Ours is a vibrant and active community of professionals that shares knowledge, encourages thoughtful innovation and explores new ideas to help organizations and individuals meet key objectives.

Our Mission

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is a non-profit organization that empowers its members across the globe to operate their businesses at the highest levels of integrity.  The organization provides research and a best practice community, as well as certification opportunities for ethics & compliance professionals. Through its membership, ECI represents entities across nearly every industry, located in 37 countries on six continents each dedicated to promoting the highest levels of integrity.

In 2010, ECI established this award to recognize and honor the contribution Carol Marshall made to our industry. 

Each year, the prestigious Marshall Award is given to an individual whose achievements exemplify the leadership and practices set forth by the late ECI Fellows Chair Carol R. Marshall.  Carol applied an innovative approach to ethics and compliance programs and dedicated countless hours of service to non-profit organizations in the industry. 

The recipient is selected by an independent committee of practitioners who represent the ethics & compliance industry.

The Marshall Award is given annually to an individual who:

  • Serves (or who has served) as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer or the equivalent in a business or government organization and is currently employed within that organization.
  • Demonstrates (or has demonstrated) innovation in: 
    • Establishing an ethics and compliance program;
    • Building on an existing program; and/or
    • Advancing the ethics and compliance field.
  • Provides a role model for emerging leaders in ethics and compliance.
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