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

Kroger Bags Reliance on Plastic as Part of Its Corporate Social Responsibility Commitment
Posted on 09-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Five trillion plastic bags. That’s the number of single-use (double, if you have a dog) bags used worldwide every year. To put that into perspective, the bags spread out side-by-side would cover an area twice the size of France says a U.N. report released on World Environment Day in June. And you... 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

Cracks in Food Safety Programs Lead to ‘Eggstraordinary’ Recall
Posted on 06-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Two-hundred and seven million eggs were recalled on April 13th of this year—the largest such recall in the U.S. in nearly 10 years. By May, another 12 people from 9 states had fallen ill from the tainted eggs, bringing the total to 35 with 11 individuals requiring hospitalization. Major supermarket... 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

What Does Machine Learning Have to Do with Identifying Risk?
Posted on 05-09-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence whereby computers use algorithms to analyse data to identify patterns and build predictive models. With a minimum of human intervention, the models are automatically adapted to produce increasingly reliable and insightful results as they are exposed... 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

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

Rise in Donations Means Universities Need First-Class Due Diligence
Posted on 02-23-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Universities in the United States received a record $43.6 billion in donations from individuals, companies and organisations in 2017. But recent scandals show that universities must not neglect due diligence on the source of these donations. Top marks for university fundraisers 2017 was... Read More

2 in 3 countries have “high corruption burden”: Transparency International
Posted on 02-22-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The world’s most corrupt countries have been revealed in Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index. The big movers in this year’s index are the UK, whose score has improved by eight points since 2012, and Australia, whose score has fallen by eight. Usual... Read More

Taking Stock: UN World Day of Social Justice and Corporate Social Responsibility
Posted on 02-20-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The relationship between social injustice—and those who turn a blind eye to it—has been recognized by great minds across the ages. “Your silence is consent,” said Plato 24 centuries ago. “He who does not oppose evil, commands it to be done,” said Leonardo Da Vinci... Read More

Six lessons from 2017 FCPA enforcement actions
Posted on 01-11-2018 by Ulyana Androsova

Last year, 11 companies paid just over $1.92 billion to resolve US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions. We take a closer look at the biggest fines and draw out six lessons on how companies should respond to bribery and corruption risks. Fines are getting bigger The total number... Read More

20 years of the Anti-Bribery Convention
Posted on 12-12-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention was signed on 17 December 1997. It required its member countries to create legislation to make bribing a foreign public official illegal. In this blog, the Head of the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division... Read More

Tailoring Due Diligence to Support Business Growth
Posted on 12-12-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

In today’s climate terms like ‘due diligence’, ‘being risk averse’ and ‘risk assessment’ might seem like jargon and barriers to productivity, but in reality, addressing third-party risk through onboarding due diligence and risk assessments helps ensure successful... Read More

The Dark Side of Chocolate
Posted on 12-08-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

As the year draws to a close, supermarket shelves are once again groaning with the weight of chocolates that will be sold and gifted in vast quantities globally. With December 9 being Anti-Corruption Day , however, now is the perfect time to ask, “Are the goodies we add to our shopping carts hiding... Read More

Building a Case for PESTLE Risk Monitoring—See Socio-Cultural Risk More Clearly
Posted on 11-06-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

Our series on PESTLE risk monitoring continues with an exploration of the “S”—Socio-cultural—and how it influences supply-chain and third-party risk to global organizations. As organizations become more reliant on complex networks of suppliers and other third parties, the risks... Read More

Building a Case for PESTLE Risk Monitoring—How to Manage Economic Risk More Effectively
Posted on 10-23-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

In the second blog in our series on PESTLE risk monitoring, we look at the “E”—Economic—and the role economic factors play in terms of the supply-chain and third-party risks organizations face. Economics is at the core of every business. Defined as the production, consumption... Read More

Reflections on the increased risk of modern slavery
Posted on 10-23-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

Modern slavery risks have risen across the world over the last year, including in 20 of the 28 member states of the European Union, according to the Modern Slavery Index 2017 , an annual study by Verisk Maplecroft, we look at the increased risks and numbers of victims of forced labor in supply chains... Read More

Building a Case for PESTLE Risk Monitoring—Know the Political Landscape
Posted on 10-19-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

In the first blog in our series on PESTLE risk monitoring, we look at the “P”—Political—and the role political factors play in terms of the supply-chain and third-party risks organizations face. If 2016 taught us nothing else, it certainly demonstrated that the global political... Read More