Compliance beyond the corporate perimeter: Department of Justice guidance on evaluating compliance program effectiveness emphasises third-party due diligence
Posted on 07-09-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Is your corporate compliance program up to scratch? That question will be top of mind for global organizations as they analyze recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on evaluating the effectiveness of compliance programs. The detailed guidance explains the features of robust compliance... Read More

Frontline compliance requires expert juggling
Posted on 04-18-2019 by Lisa Thompson

There’s no room for clowning about when it comes to risk management and maintaining the integrity of international business. According to records of ancient Chinese history, the armies of the Chu and Song states were facing each other in readiness for battle in 630 BC when a Chu warrior, Xiong... Read More

1.1 Billion Reasons Companies Need a Robust FCPA Compliance Process
Posted on 04-17-2019 by Lisa Thompson

There were only three FCPA enforcement actions in the first quarter of 2019, but the small number obscures a bigger threat to corporate bottom lines—fines totalling $1.1 billion. This figure eclipses the total settlements in Q1 2018—also for three corporate enforcement actions—of a... Read More

Operation Varsity Blues Makes the Case for ISO 37001 Adoption
Posted on 04-12-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Is anyone really surprised by the college admissions bribery scandal? Sure, it’s nice to think that academia is a bastion for the best and the brightest. But there’s a longstanding tradition where the family name—and perhaps an endowment—greases the wheels for less academically... Read More

What global anti-corruption compliance trends are on the OECD's radar?
Posted on 04-09-2019 by Lisa Thompson

This year is the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. So, we went to Paris to meet Patrick Moulette, Head of the OECD Anti-Corruption Division. He explained that the global spread of negotiated settlements, particularly Deferred Prosecution Agreements, prompted... Read More

Bribery Scheme Costs Telecom Company $850 Million
Posted on 04-04-2019 by Lisa Thompson

The telecommunications sector has taken some hits in recent years when it comes to anti-bribery and corruption compliance . Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement related to FCPA violations by Russia’s largest... Read More

Why Universities & Foundations Need Stronger Risk Management Processes
Posted on 04-02-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Is it time for universities—and the foundations that fundraise on their behalf—to adopt the rigorous due diligence and risk monitoring processes that global companies use? Based on the latest bribes-for-admission scandal to hit the headlines, the answer is a resounding, “YES!”... Read More

How corruption contributes to the crisis of democracy worldwide
Posted on 02-20-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Transparency International’s just-published annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals the world’s most corrupt countries in 2018. Introduced in 1995, the CPI currently ranks 180 countries and territories worldwide by their perceived levels of public sector corruption with the support... Read More

Investors increasingly favor companies committed to sustainable development goals
Posted on 01-23-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Global foreign direct investment is shrinking rapidly—that’s the finding of the Global Investment Trend Monitor, which was released on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. At the launch, governmental actors and leaders in business and investment agreed that investors are attracted... Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance to Join Top Table at Davos
Posted on 01-22-2019 by Lisa Thompson

The World Economic Forum (WEF) brings together leaders of government and business in the Alpine town of Davos in Switzerland this week. They are discussing the latest trends in business and society. The participant list is revealing—this year, some of the world’s biggest companies have sent... Read More

Weighing risk and opportunity in Latin America
Posted on 01-16-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Despite recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions, there are signs of more positive engagement with governance and compliance in Latin America. Emerging markets offer attractive opportunities for investors, but businesses aiming to capitalize will need to prioritize robust due diligence... Read More

Bribery in pharma: What you need to know
Posted on 01-07-2019 by Lisa Thompson

The pharmaceutical sector is one of the most-at risk industries for bribery and corruption. In a new White Paper, we look at some of the recent bribery enforcement actions against pharma firms and strengthened anti-bribery legislation. And we suggest ten steps for enhanced risk mitigation. Rising... Read More

Regulatory Compliance No Trivial Pursuit
Posted on 01-04-2019 by Lisa Thompson

If serious trivia seems like a contradiction, maybe you need to be more quizzical when it comes to anti-corruption compliance. January 4 is the one day of the year when there’s an excuse to be trivial—even in an area as serious as compliance in anti-bribery and corruption , anti-money laundering... Read More

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—2018 review
Posted on 12-20-2018 by Lisa Thompson

2018 has been a record year of penalties issued for breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Settlements totaling more than $2.96 billion were agreed by corporations found to be in breach of the Act. The year saw further indications of the FCPA’s global reach, witnessed the first judgments... Read More

Tackling corruption risk to improve human rights
Posted on 12-06-2018 by Lisa Thompson

2018 marks the anniversary of a multitude of different political as well as social turning points in human history. While the festivities commemorating the end of World War I were widely broadcasted and spoken about, two anniversaries often fall short of the public's attention: The 70th anniversary... Read More

Enter the ninja: A disciplined approach to defeat regulatory risk
Posted on 12-05-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Forget about the turtles. Today is International Ninja Day, but what we’re on about has more to do with regulatory risk than teenagers or (as far as we know) mutants. Why does International Ninja Day make us think ‘compliance program’? International Ninja Day was the brainchild of... Read More

Is the Defense Industry armed to beat corruption risk?
Posted on 11-29-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Corruption is a significant problem—no matter what sector it originates in. But a recent report from corruption watchdog Transparency International takes aim at one industry in particular: Defense. The report notes, “While it may be true that much has changed over the last two or three decades... Read More

Amp Up Energy Sector due diligence with ongoing risk monitoring
Posted on 10-24-2018 by Lisa Thompson

A few years ago, we highlighted bribery and corruption vulnerabilities in the Energy sector, noting that “Companies linked to energy industries, in particular, face elevated risks in order to reap the equally high rewards.” But more recent events highlight the need for companies in this sector... Read More

Can companies use ISO 37001 to help eradicate poverty?
Posted on 10-17-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty . In marking the anniversary, the UN has stated that … “all people must come together to end poverty and discrimination in order to build a sustainable future... Read More

Which countries are exporting bribery and corruption risk?
Posted on 10-12-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Three quarters of the world’s biggest exporting countries are failing to punish corporations that pay bribes overseas, according to a new report from the NGO Transparency International. The report shows that there are vast differences in the level of risk of bribery and corruption in different... Read More

2 Reasons why companies need to conduct risk assessments of their own compliance programs
Posted on 10-08-2018 by Lisa Thompson

As the aftermath of corporate corruption and ethics scandals continue to play out in news headlines and courtrooms, spurring a continued search for expert advice and best practices on mitigating compliance risk . So, when a former compliance expert at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a Harvard... Read More

A new No. 1: Petrobras agrees to biggest FCPA settlement
Posted on 10-05-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Petrobras has reached a $1.78 billion settlement with the DOJ and SEC over bribes to politicians and political parties in Brazil. This is the first time an enforcement action over FCPA violations has exceeded a billion dollars. The amount is bigger than the nearest two settlements combined, and the case... Read More

Failing to address sanctions risk leads to costly fine for one French bank
Posted on 10-04-2018 by Lisa Thompson

French bank Société Générale expects to pay penalties of nearly $1.3 billion to settle allegations of breaching U.S.sanctions. It made dollar transfers on behalf of entities based in countries which were subject to U.S.sanctions. The fine is just the latest evidence of the... Read More

3 Reasons to Combine Due Diligence & Risk Monitoring
Posted on 10-03-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Companies are exposed to regulatory, financial, reputational and strategic risks, and the number of countries and NGOs with compliance expectations is on the rise. The best way to proactively manage these expectations? Risk-based due diligence and ongoing monitoring. 1—Regulatory risks... Read More

Compliance risk in the UK: what companies need to know
Posted on 08-29-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The global compliance landscape is becoming ever more complex, and some of the most significant recent developments in ABC and AML legislation have happened in the UK. All companies who operate in the UK need to be aware of these laws, as well as growing consumer expectations of ethical behavior, if... Read More