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To the Members and Stakeholders of the ECI Community: As America's oldest nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of integrity in organizations, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has proven through our research that leadership commitment to core ethical values and attention to a strong ethical culture are essential to an organization's success.  Simply said, words and actions matter. The events of the past few days - initiated by the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA - have sparked a global dialogue about morality that we, as an ethics organization, feel a responsibility to address.  We condemn the violent behavior and the expressions of hatred ...
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September 26th is National Compliance Officer Day. For the next few weeks, ECI will be highlighting a number of our members in celebration of their contribution to our industry. Our goal is to share some insight on two of the groups that comprise ECI’s membership – established CECOs, new CECOs and those who desire to be a CECO. A conversation with Megan Burke Roudebush and David Childers, Senior Vice President, ECI. David Childers (DC) - Please meet Megan Burke Roudebush, Chief Compliance Officer of Crescent Grove Advisors. Megan has 13 years of financial services experience, has a JD and an MBA by background and this is her first Chief Compliance ...
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ECI members in the northern hemisphere have probably already heard about the solar eclipse that is expected to take place on August 21,2017. While most people think of it as a fun thing to see, at ECI we think there's a bit of a parallel to the work we do every day. How? In just a few moments, everything can change. For just over 2 minutes, the moon will cover the sun. It is out of the ordinary, and based on the laws of nature, it is out of bounds. Does that matter? Just ask the 7.4 million people from all around the world watching within a 60-70-mile-wide path as the phenomenon crosses the US in just under 3 hours. Where there ...
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September 26th is National Compliance Officer Day. For the next few weeks, ECI will be highlighting a number of our members in celebration of their contribution to our industry. Our goal is to share some insight on two of the groups that comprise ECI’s membership – established CECOs, new CECOs and those who desire to be a CECO. A conversation with Scott Roney and David Childers, Senior Vice President, ECI. David Childers (DC) - Please meet a good friend and former Chairman of ECI's board, Scott Roney. Scott is the Vice President - Global Compliance for Adient, and was formerly a partner in the law firm Compliance Systems Legal Group (CSLG), a ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned Sunday, July 30 marks the 15th anniversary of the enactment of Pub.L. 107-204; also known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act or SOX. Introduced as the broadest-sweeping legislation to affect corporations and public accounting since the 1933 securities act, SOX made a significant impact on audit, accounting, and financial reporting practices in public corporations, worldwide. It also provided a wake-up call for private companies, and believe it or not, it has become a standard for nonprofit organizations as well. The Ethics & Compliance ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ARLINGTON, VA, June 29, 2017 -  The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) released today a report on " ETHICS & COMPLIANCE TRAINING: WHAT GETS RESULTS " based upon findings from two new surveys of employee and employers regarding their perceptions of ethics and compliance training programs. This ECI research report, sponsored by KPMG, offers an exclusive ethics and compliance perspective on training, a subject that has often been explored.  Among the key findings in the report is the critical importance ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned Many years ago when I worked in higher education, I looked forward to the commencement ceremonies held at the end of the academic year. They were my favorite events to attend. I loved the pomp and circumstance. It was fun to witness a new set of graduates joyfully celebrating their accomplishments, and anticipating — with hope — their entry in the workforce. I paid special attention to the faculty as they processed down the aisle wearing their academic regalia. Every gown and hood told the story of the institution, the discipline of ...
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This article was originally published on  LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned For several years, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has compiled surveys for organizations looking to answer questions about their organizational culture. In addition, for more than two decades we have fielded the National Business Ethics Survey (recently expanded to the Global Business Ethics Survey) , and because of the rigor by which the data is collected, we get asked to provide benchmarks to our datasets.  Increasingly, ECI is engaging with organizations in deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs); administrative agreements; ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ARLINGTON, VA, May 11, 2017 -  The Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s (ECI) Monitor Benchmarking Group, with the support of Affiliated Monitors, today released the latest in a series of best practices papers designed to provide ethics and compliance professionals insight on important topics. This new report indicates that the use of monitors, by public and private sector organizations, is on the rise as a preferred risk assessment tool. This guide, authored by leading consultants and chief ethics and compliance ...
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My Session with Sessions

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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned It’s not every day that opportunity arises to have a one-on-one conversation with a White House Cabinet official. In fact for me, it has only happened once before. So suffice it to say that I was pretty nervous when, at the Annual Conference of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), I sat down with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask a few questions in follow-up to his keynote address . Adding to the weight of the moment was the fact that I spoke with the Attorney General in the presence of a large audience.  Among them there ...
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Keys to Success: Skillful Career Pivots, Self-Care and Mastering the Soft Skills With just a few days before the 2017 ECI Annual Conference, I am delighted to share the highlights of my recent conversation with Jeffrey Oak, PhD., Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Bon Secours Health System. From Jeff’s career path and what influenced his deliberate career pivots, to how his passion in ethics developed in the first place, to his quest to always find new and engaging hobbies, my conversation with Jeffrey Oak covered a lot of very interesting ground. Rather than begin this piece with a narrative about Jeff’s extraordinarily ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ARLINGTON, VA, April 19, 2017 --  The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), America's oldest ethics research and membership association has announced its 2017 Annual Conference, which is set to take place during April 24th – 26th, 2017 at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, DC. In order to support High Quality Programs, the ECI's 2017 Annual Conference showcases forward-thinking practitioners, vendors, and innovations that can raise the bar for Ethics & Compliance (E&C) in organizations through an agenda that blends ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ARLINGTON, VA, April 17, 2017 - The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), America's oldest ethics research and membership association announced the selection of GEC to provide faculty for its recently updated leadership training for compliance professionals. "We are thrilled to have the addition of Andrea and Jacquie help lead our Elevating Ethics and Compliance (E2C) courses," said Pat Harned ECI's CEO. "They both bring a depth of experience in the ethics & compliance industry, and learners will benefit from ...
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Authenticity, the Right Skillset and Doing the Best Job You Can Be authentic. Get to yes. Become a valuable business partner. These are three of the myriad takeaways that I learned during my recent conversation with Cindy Moehring, Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer - U.S., and longtime ECI member. There is no question that overseeing the U.S. Ethics and Compliance program for a corporation the size of Walmart is a large mandate. To comprehend what Cindy’s responsibilities look like, I asked her about the structure of her team. “At Walmart, we have over 2,000 associates who work in Ethics and Compliance covering 14 compliance ...
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My Hero

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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned A hero is someone who teaches you – and more importantly shows you – how to view the world, set goals, and weather the storms that stand in the way of your progress.  I was so fortunate to have such a mentor and unwavering champion; her name was Carol Marshall. Today ECI announced the winner of the 2017 award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics that bears Carol’s name, so I thought it befitting to take a moment to honor the person who inspired the prize. She mattered to me, and to so many others like me. A Legend I first met ...
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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information, contact Rachael Gass, 571-480-4405, Rachael@ethics.org ARLINGTON, VA, April 13, 2017 - The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is pleased to announce the selection of Carrie Penman to receive the 2017 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics.  The award annually recognizes the exemplary accomplishments of a chief ethics & compliance officer for innovative leadership in building or enhancing a corporate ethics & compliance program.  Ms. Penman has enjoyed an extensive career in ethics and compliance, and currently serves as NAVEX Global’s Chief Compliance ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned “It’s now or never.” That’s what a global group of CEOs said in  a recent survey about the outlook for their businesses. Seventy-two percent of the executives said that they believe the next 3 years will be more critical for their industry than the last 50 years, in terms of the pressure to transform during a period of unprecedented change. When asked about the challenges that concern them most, the CEOs pointed to the same issues that Directors, CFOs, and CROs identified when they were asked about the things that keep them up at ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI member, Megan Roudebush Ethics, Compliance & Automobiles An ECI Guest Profile: Raphael Richmond, Global Director of Compliance-Ford Motor Company Those of you following my posts know that for the last several months, I have become more engaged with the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) by writing articles about ECI, leading up to the organizations upcoming annual conference in Washington DC. One of the most rewarding aspects of writing these articles has been the opportunity to meet ethics and compliance leaders at varying stages of their careers and publish profile articles ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned Yesterday the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) announced that the Attorney General of the United States will offer keynote remarks at our upcoming Annual Conference . Not long after our blast email shared the news, I received a note from a longtime colleague whom I admire. He wrote: With all due respectJeff Sessions? Why invite controversy? It was a fair question deserving a response. ECI knew that we would receive feedback both good and bad when we first reached out to the Department of Justice (DoJ). So, I thought ...
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This article was originally published on LinkedIN by ECI's CEO, Pat Harned. Follow her on Twitter at @PatriciaHarned A stinging headline surfaced in the news late last week. Buzz, the mascot who has brought the anthropomorphic face to Honey Nut Cheerios, is missing in action. Since he cant be located, he has been taken off the front of the cereal box that for 17 years has carried his image. General Mills the manufacturer and the provider of Buzzs sweet endorsement deal announced that until further notice the cereal box will display only the outline of the winged celebrity. I knowdespite Buzzs small size, this news is big. If you are like ...
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