ERC and ECOA Join Forces To Create Ethics and Compliance Alliance

October 4, 2014

Foremost Ethics and Compliance Organizations Align To Offer Industry Leading Programs, Research, Events and Professional Development


ARLINGTON, VA — The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) today announced they have formed a strategic alliance to become the definitive source of research, education and practical tools for ethics and compliance practitioners in public and private institutions. Patricia J. Harned, Ph.D. will serve as Chief Executive Officer of all operations.

The ERC is America’s oldest nonprofit advancing high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions, and the ECOA is a member-driven association for practitioners responsible for their organization’s ethics and compliance and programs. The combination of ERC research and benchmarking and ECOA’s professional membership organization is unique in the industry.

ERC Board Chair Michael Oxley, former Congressman and House sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, explained, “ERC and ECOA will retain their individual strengths as they develop their collaborative advantage in the industry. The combination of unique experience and market reach make them the only organizations currently working to scientifically identify, certify and promote practices and cultures that enhance organizational integrity and ethics. We look forward to the great potential of these leading organizations coming together.”

Lee Augsburger, Chair of the ECOA Board of Directors, said, “Both ERC and ECOA have long, proud histories of serving their constituents. At a time when boards and compliance leaders need greater resources and guidance to deal with a complex environment of ethical challenges, increasing regulation and shareholder engagement, we have a shared vision for leveraging our resources to provide answers.”

Within the alliance, ECOA will continue to provide networking, educational and professional development opportunities for its members. The focus for the association will be on innovation and effectiveness in ethics and compliance program implementation, with all content created by practitioners, for practitioners. ERC will retain its focus on independent, innovative research on emerging challenges and benchmarking initiatives for business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Patricia Harned said, “We are ready and excited to offer an unprecedented level of thought leadership and depth of resources to organizational leaders who are faced with the daunting responsibility to help their members build and protect their organizations’ reputations and values.”