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

PEP-Talk: A Guide to Managing Risk from Politically Exposed Persons
Posted on 09-24-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) can be among a bank’s riskiest customers. Their public positions and ability to divert funds make them prime targets for bribery and corruption. But the financial services industry doesn’t face the risk alone. Our new “PEP-Talk” eBook outlines... Read More

FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy extended to M&A
Posted on 09-17-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The U.S. Corporate Enforcement Policy, which incentivises companies to self-disclose bribery and corruption when they come across it, now applies to U.S. companies which are merging with or acquiring foreign companies. That’s according to a recent speech by a senior official at the Department of... 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

Why the Energy Sector Needs Better Due Diligence & Risk Monitoring
Posted on 08-23-2018 by Lisa Thompson

No industry is impervious to bribery and corruption risk, but companies linked to energy industries, in particular, face elevated risks in order to reap the equally-high rewards. It’s a topic we’ve touched on in blog posts on Unaoil and Petrobras . But anti-bribery and corruption regulations... Read More

Danske Bank and Siemens invite ABC compliance in the boardroom
Posted on 08-16-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Danske Bank and Siemens have appointed chief compliance officers to their boards of directors this summer. We explore why compliance has become accepted as a critical function in any company. At the next board meeting of Denmark’s biggest bank, a chief compliance officer will be at... Read More

Why Pharma & Biomed Companies’ Risk Analysis Processes are Due for a Check-Up
Posted on 07-18-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Just three years ago, Teva Pharmaceuticals, a drug-maker in Israel, disclosed to both the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice that an on-going internal probe had revealed possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and/or local laws. Ultimately... Read More

FCPA Hangover: Whiskey Maker's $8M Settlement Puts Food & Drink Industry on Notice
Posted on 07-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The makers of Jim Beam whisky have paid $8 million to settle allegations of bribing government officials to enter the Indian market. The settlement is a timely reminder of the continued threat of FCPA enforcement action , and the particular risks posed by third parties in the food and drink industry... Read More

What can companies do to manage bribery and corruption risk better?
Posted on 06-12-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Kathryn Higgs is Director of Transparency International’s Business Integrity Program. Prior to that she was head of ethics and compliance at Tesco and chief compliance officer at Balfour Beatty. In an exclusive interview with LexisNexis, she says that technology has increased the risk of bribery... Read More

Investors Prove that Corporate Social Responsibility Pays
Posted on 05-23-2018 by Lisa Thompson

For many companies, ‘doing the right thing’ is not enough to persuade them to take an ethical, sustainable approach to business. But they will surely be convinced by new evidence that a sustainable approach to business can improve their share price. A fund which invested in 300 companies... Read More

Compliance Q&A: ISO 37001 Expert shares insights into boosting the effectiveness of anti-bribery and corruption efforts
Posted on 05-10-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Jean-Pierre Mean is an anti-corruption lawyer who played a leading role in the development of ISO 37001, a recent global standard by which companies can measure their anti-bribery and corruption policies. He is now leading the working group which looks after the implementation of the standard. Mr. Mean... Read More

Regulatory Risk in the U.S.: What Companies Need to Know
Posted on 04-27-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Since its introduction of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 1977, the United States has led the world in efforts to counter bribery and corruption in corporate business that traverses national borders. Now it has gone a full step further with permanent adoption and expansion of its Corporate... Read More

Bribery and Corruption Investigation Highlights 'Foul Play' in College Hoops
Posted on 04-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

College basketball in the United States is watched by millions and has become lucrative for the universities who compete and the companies who sponsor the teams. But college sport can also carry reputational, legal, and financial risks. We have seen the latest reminder in New York this week, when prosecutors... Read More

CONSTRUCTing a new approach to CSR
Posted on 04-06-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Environmental and social issues driving change in the construction industry Guest Post by Colleen Theron, Director Ardea Since Russia and Qatar won their bids to host the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 respectively, the construction industry has come under the spotlight for their human rights... Read More

What the Lotte Corruption Case Teaches Us About Risk
Posted on 03-05-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Nothing evokes the public and personal perils of high-level corruption more powerfully than photos of the billionaire chairman of a corporate conglomerate being led to a prison bus in handcuffs. Or almost nothing. Images of his 95-year-old wheelchair-bound father, the founder of the conglomerate, leaving... Read More

Lessons Learned: How One Global Economist Evaluates Political and Economic Risk
Posted on 03-02-2018 by Lisa Thompson

For the latest installment of our Q&A series, we spoke with Simon Baptist of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). More than 100 economists and experts at the EIU analyze political and economic risks for some of the world’s biggest companies. As Global Chief Economist and Managing Director... Read More