Fall 2019 Best Practice Forum

/Fall 2019 Best Practice Forum

Preventing Retaliation in E&C

Have you dealt with issues of retaliation in your workplace?

It’s the perennial problem – the more an organization is successful in encouraging employees to raise concerns, the more retaliation occurs in the workplace.  Eventually, employees’ fear of retaliation has a silencing effect.

Join ECI for an in-depth, town-hall style discussion that seeks to identify the causes of workplace retaliation and share your best practices to identify solutions to the problem.

This event was specifically designed to be focused on problem solving and sharing ideas with your E&C peers and colleagues. This forum is open to E&C team members and leaders and particularly vital for those involved in their organization’s helpline, investigations or retaliation prevention efforts.

Retaliation can be a problem in all workplaces, and the reasons for it can vary wildly and may surprise you.

But preventing retaliation IS possible.

Gather with a group of peers for expert-facilitated discussion and best-practice sharing. Discover new ideas for preventing retaliation in your organization, and take back actionable, practical ideas to your senior executives.

This forum doesn’t simply cover the surface of workplace retaliation. Instead, we dive deep in to the root causes of retaliatory behavior to focus on solutions that can be implemented across industries and in organizations of all sizes.

What do your peers think?

For two years in a year, more than 90% of attendees viewed the Fall Best Practice Forum favorably and felt it was a valuable use of their time. Best Practice Forums offer you the invaluable opportunity to learn from and connect with other professionals in your position.

November 5, 2019

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Meeting Welcome

8:30 am - 9:00 am

The Perennial Problem of Retaliation

Speaker: Pat Harned

What makes the fall ECI BPF the perfect time and space to address retaliation, taking stock of where we are in terms of this negative and destructive behavior and what we can do together to reduce its occurence in the workplace?

9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Current State: Retaliation in the Workplace

Speaker: Preventing Retaliation Working Group

What are the current trends in workplace retaliation and how is it showing up in the context of ethics and compliance? This session will review the lastest research on relataliation in the workplace.

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Networking Break

10:20 am - 11:30 am

The Psychology of Retaliation

Speaker: C. Nathan DeWall

Revenge has been woven deeply into the fabric of individual relationships, communitiies and cultures for thousands of years. What do we know about why people retaliate and seek revenge based on real or imagined injustices and how can that understanding inform how we deal with it in the workplace?

11:30 am - 11:50 am

ECI Spotlight

11:50 am - 1:10 pm

Networking Lunch and Keynote

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Inside the Experience of the Reporter

Speaker: Brad Agle

How does one reach the point of where they decide to blow the whistle versus reporting internally and trusting the process. What are the factors that make someone willing to experience great personal and professional risk? How can we build better programs and processes that support internal reporting and processes to protect the them after they come forward? Are there ways to identify a situation at risk of whistleblowing?

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

ECI Spotlight

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Networking Break

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Sponsor Spotlight

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

A Question of Power and Culture

Speaker: Alison Fragale

Whether retaliation comes from peers or leaders, it often occurs in the context of a power differential between the abuser and abused. What is the relationship between power and retaliation and how can the organiztion build in checks on authority that address this toxic relationship? More broadly, what changes to workplace culture and the context of work itself can make reltaliation a less likely response to perceived threats?

4:45 pm - 5:05 pm

ECI Spotlight

5:05 pm - 5:30 pm

Transition and Email Break

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

November 6, 2019

7:30 am - 8:20 am

Continental Breakfast

8:20 am - 8:30 am

Getting Started

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Sponsor Spotlight

8:45 am - 10:00 am

The Preferred Path: Prevention

We know that High Quality E&C Programs are characterized by reduced incidence of retalition. How can create a culture that reduces the risk of retaliation?

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Networking Break

10:20 am - 11:30 am

In The Heat of the Moment: Intervention

Even in high quality E&C programs incidents of retaliation can occur. How can we identify these situations quickly to reduce harm to the individual and to the culture? What are the most effective methods of incident management?

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Sponsor Spotlight

11:45 am - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

ECI Spotlight

1:20 pm - 2:30 pm

The Long Road Back: Redemption

Once retaliation has occurred, the organization must respond and demonstrate accountability both to the employee and the accused. However, often repercussions from the situation extend far beyond those involved. How do we learn from these kinds of experiences and strive to unify those impacted by the situation?

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Conclusions & Next Steps


Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303


Special rates starting at $219 per night.

2019 Best Practice Forum Registration Rates

Rates effective January 2, 2019

Rates per person:



Individual (each)



Group of 2 or 3 each



(Registered at the same time)

Group of 4 or more



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NOTE: Complimentary conference passes cannot be applied to group rates.
If you require registration assistance, please contact 703-647-2185 or email casey@ethics.org

Group discounts are applicable only when registering at the same time. If not registering together, only the additional person(s) will receive a discount. Group discounts of 3 or more are not available online – please contact casey@ethics.org or call 703-647-2185 to register as a group of 3 or more.

Cancellations made on or before January 25, 2019 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received on or after January 25, 2019 will receive a refund less a $500 administration fee. No refunds will be given after February 4, 2019. Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation and you will be charged the registration fee.


Fall 2019 BPF Registration

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Fall 2019 BPF Registration - ECI Fellows Complimentary

ECI Fellow Organizations receive one (1) complimentary ticket to the Best Practice Forum. Please select this ticket and use the discount code you received to register your ECI Fellow. Contact Casey@ethics.org with questions.

Fall 2019 BPF Registration - Group of 2

This is a group rate for two attendees who register at the same time (a $300 savings). To take advantage of group rates for more than 2, please contact events@ethics.org or call 703-647-2185. ECI Members login to receive the member pricing.