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

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

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

How risk technology transforms trust
Posted on 01-14-2019 by Lisa Thompson

From AI to blockchain, companies are rapidly adopting new technologies which use data to drive business insights and manage risks more effectively . Our third volume of The Trust Issue explores how technology can also improve a company’s transparency and increase the trust it receives from customers... 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

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

Grocery chain bags food supply chain risk with eco-friendly option
Posted on 11-21-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Several months ago, we highlighted news that Kroger was phasing out plastic grocery bags as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment . The national grocery chain is not alone. When it comes to addressing food supply chain risk, corporate social responsibility programs are helping... Read More

Trust, transparency and technology: Our Report from Brussels’ Risk Congress
Posted on 11-06-2018 by Lisa Thompson

It was a clash of old and new. In the lobby of Brussels’ Plaza Hotel were ornate chandeliers, royal portraits and a marble staircase. In the adjacent conference room, compliance officers from across Europe were discussing how the latest trends in technology can help them meet the growing risks... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th International Anti-Corruption Conference highlights media’s role in fighting corruption
Posted on 12-13-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

The role of the media in exposing corruption was celebrated at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama earlier this month. The conference, which takes place every two years, aims to bring together “the entire spectrum of stakeholders” involved in global combating corruption... Read More

3 Industries that Aren’t Immune to Compliance Risk
Posted on 10-17-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

Gary Cohn, president and COO of Goldman Sachs, knows a thing or two about regulatory risk. After all, the financial services industry faces constant scrutiny—and headline-generating enforcement actions—for violations of anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and a host of other... Read More

Panama Papers Put FIFA In the Spotlight for Bribery and Corruption Risk
Posted on 04-20-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

Remember when Michael Corleone said, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in,” in The Godfather Part III? Executives at FIFA and UEFA can probably relate to his frustration after the recent Panama Papers leak put the spotlight of the media and possibly enforcement agencies back... Read More

Avoid Risk Knowledge Gap with Better Due Diligence
Posted on 04-14-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

We’ve all seen what happens when due-diligence efforts fall short. In addition to tainting a company’s reputation, the bad actions of a third-party can lead to criminal investigations, hobbled business operations and hefty fines that impact a company for years. Wish you could see risk warning... Read More

Compliance Risk: Not Just a Concern for Companies
Posted on 04-03-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

According to the Congressional Research Service , the Department of Defense spent $285 billion on federal contracts in 2014—more than all other U.S. government agencies combined. With so much money at stake, bribery and corruption risks soar, and the on-going investigation and prosecutions related... Read More

Managing Compliance Risk as U.S. Relations with Cuba Evolve
Posted on 03-23-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

Earlier this week, President Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge. When Air Force One landed in Havana, Obama tweeted , “¿Que bolá Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.... Read More