Study of Bozeman city government’s ethical climate returns mixed findings

July 22, 2015

Bozeman Daily Chronicle | How does Bozeman’s 350-employee city government do when it comes to ethical conduct? A study by a Montana State University researcher seeking to answer that question, presented to city commissioners this week, turned up some good news — and also some findings that city leaders say shows there’s room for improvement.

Ethics & Compliance Initiative Introduced

July 8, 2015

Powerful, Integrated Resource for the E&C Community Includes Ethics Research Center and Ethics & Compliance Association; Combines Research, Best Practice and More The Ethics & Compliance Initiative has been introduced as the most powerful and complete resource for the Ethics & Compliance practice. The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) brings together the capabilities, experience and legacies of two of the most revered organizations in Ethics and Compliance and introduces a third as part of the […]

Ethics & Compliance Initiative Appoints Ronnie Kann Executive Vice President, Research and Program Development

July 8, 2015

ARLINGTON, VA – The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has announced the appointment of Ronnie Kann as executive vice president, research and program development. Prior to ECI, Kann worked for CEB (formerly The Corporate Executive Board), a best practice insight and technology company. He held a variety of senior management roles across CEB’s businesses, serving chief compliance and ethics officers, general counsel, chief human resource officers, chief audit executives and chief risk officers, bringing a cross-functional […]

An Abundance of Resources to Fight Financial Reporting Fraud

April 21, 2015

IFAC | Financial reporting fraud is relatively rare, but it remains a serious challenge. Research from the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has indicated that the median cumulative monetary loss resulting from instances of this type of fraud is around $12 million.[1]

Large Companies Can Boost Ethical Performance, Cut Business Risks

March 26, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., — Large companies can dramatically improve their integrity by implementing effective ethics and compliance programs to reduce employee misconduct and improve every key measure of workplace behavior, the newly-renamed Ethics Research Center (ERC) said in a study released today. On average, large companies (90,000 or more employees) with effective programs face half of the rules violations as those without effective programs. Their employees experience less retaliation for blowing the whistle on rule-breaking and […]

New name, new direction – a message from CEO Patricia J. Harned, Ph.D.

March 12, 2015

Dear Colleagues, On behalf of our Directors and staff, I am excited to share a new day in Ethics & Compliance. You may recall that last fall we announced the alliance of two of the most respected organizations in ethics & compliance – the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). Since then, we have listened to you to understand what your organization needs to navigate current ethics and compliance […]

Personal Character Determines Leader’s Integrity

March 12, 2015 | It might seem as though what you do outside the office doesn’t affect how people in the firm see you as a leader. But it turns out your personal character plays a huge role in your ability to lead an organization with integrity.

Survey Examines, What Do Employees Think About Leadership Ethics?

February 20, 2015

Forbes | What do employees, in the aggregate, think about the ethics of business leaders? As a former executive, I always felt, when I was in the corporate world, that this question was an intriguing one. A reasonably perceptive observer couldn’t help but notice that while many leaders were exemplary role models that employees naturally wanted to follow, others took advantage of their positional power and seemed to be chronically above the rules they asked […]

The value of keeping an eye on ethics

February 20, 2015

Washington Post | According to the Ethics Resource Center, each year almost half of U.S. employees report witnessing unethical or illegal behaviors in their workplaces. The costs of these lapses in ethics can be costly both in terms of financial metrics (fines for fraud, bankruptcies, etc.) and employee morale. Also, according to the Great Place to Work Institute report in 2012, the stock price growth of the 100 firms with the most ethical cultures outperformed […]

Wall Street Whistleblowers: After The Largest Leak In Banking History, Are They Safe?

February 9, 2015

International Business Times | For seven years, Hervé Falciani was on the lam, playing cat-and-mouse with Swiss police as he hopped surreptitiously across European borders. He drove rented cars and wore eccentric disguises, fancying himself a sort of James Bond-style operative. He found strategic allies among French and Spanish authorities and reportedly courted the U.S. Department of Justice before being arrested in Barcelona in 2012.