Nancy Higgins of Bechtel Receives ERC’s Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics

January 28, 2015

Nancy Higgins, the head of Bechtel’s ethics and compliance operations, has been awarded the Ethics Resource Center’s 2014 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics. Established in 2011 with an endowment from the Northrup Grumman Foundation, the Marshall Award is presented annually by ERC for innovation and leadership in building and enhancing corporate ethics and compliance programs. A member and past chair of the Conference Board’s Global Council on Business Conduct and a former […]

Employee Views of Leaders’ Personal Conduct Drives Perceptions of their Ethical Leadership, ERC Study Says

December 11, 2014

Workers Judge Leaders Primarily by Three Factors ARLINGTON, Va. – Corporate leaders who are perceived by their employees as demonstrating strong personal character are much more likely to be perceived as setting a strong tone from the top, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) said in its new research, “Ethical Leadership: Every Leader Sets a Tone.” The most significant factor in ethical leadership is personal character, ERC concluded. Drawing on detailed analysis of data collected as part […]

Nancy Higgins of Bechtel Tapped by Ethics Resource Center for 2014 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics

November 14, 2014

Arlington, VA. – The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) today announced that Bechtel executive Nancy Higgins will be awarded the 2014 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics (Marshall Award). Higgins, who has served as the Bechtel Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) since 2007, has held senior ethics posts in three industries and has been a leading innovator, a champion of best practices, and a mentor to professional colleagues for 20 […]

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 […]

Results of Values & Culture Survey Conducted by the ERC Released by Penn State

September 19, 2014

A Statement from the Ethics Resource Center The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) today announced the results of a comprehensive survey of all faculty, staff and students (graduate and undergraduate) on all campuses as part of a larger, ongoing effort to better understand the University’s core values and culture. The Ethics Resource Center (ERC), America’s oldest nonprofit advancing high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions, was contracted by Penn State to support the project. A […]

Five Keys to Reducing Behavior Risk During Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Major Organizational Change

August 7, 2014

JDSupra Business Advisors | A recent blog post by Ethics Resource Center President Pat Harned, reported on findings from the ERC 2013 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) of significantly more observed misconduct in companies that are under stress during mergers, acquisitions and organizational restructurings. The survey found that companies undergoing change, on average, had a 21.5 percent increase in observed misconduct.

David W. Ogden: False Claims Act Should Be Reformed

August 4, 2014

Mondaq | On July 30, 2014, David W. Ogden, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States and current partner with WilmerHale, urged Congress to amend the False Claims Act while testifying before the U.S.

ERC Tells Congress That Strong Ethics Programs Would Bolster False Claims Act

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Ethics Resource Center (ERC) President Patricia J. Harned told Congress that certification of private sector ethics and compliance programs could help protect taxpayers from fraudulent activity by government contractors. In testimony on possible changes to the False Claims Act, Harned told a House subcommittee that well-implemented ethics and compliance programs significantly reduce the incidence of fraud. “When a strong program and culture are in place, misconduct decreases by more than half,” Harned said […]

Hospitals must address employee fraud reports with procedural fairness

July 25, 2014

FierceHealthcare | 4 ways to stop whistleblowers before they become whistleblowers As the government makes it easier for hospital employees to report fraud and quality issues, and social media gives disgruntled employees an outlet to air dirty laundry, hospitals must work with employees to make them feel comfortable addressing concerns internally, Hospitals & Health Networks reported.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz receives Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics

February 14, 2014

Arlington, VA – The Ethics Resource Center is pleased to honor Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer and the partners (employees) of Starbucks Coffee Company with the 2013 Stanley C. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics. ERC presented Mr. Schultz with the award on Wednesday, October 16th in Seattle, WA. Created to honor individuals recognized as having unwavering integrity, The Pace Award was established in 2000. ERC chooses an honoree who exhibits moral […]