We have been celebrating a week in the spring called Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week, for some time. The week has been moved from the spring to the fall (November 1-7 in 2015) to coincide with the anniversary of the creation of Chapter 8 of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. It may cause a little confusion this year, but it should be fine over the next couple years. Everyone should feel free to celebrate compliance and ethics whenever they want. However, we will benefit from respecting the document that is generally credited for the creation of our profession, as well as respecting a document that suggests there are financial incentives to hiring a compliance officer and implementing a compliance program. We will continue to offer Corporate Compliance & Ethics Weeks products (posters, pens, mugs, etc.) to help you with your celebration.
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For those of you who are new to Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week, it is intended to help promote a better understanding of compliance and ethics programs. It is celebrated by individual institutions and is typically coordinated by the compliance officer. Some compliance officers get other departments involved. Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week is helpful to send a message to all employees that leadership believes compliance and ethics is important. Celebrating the week can be as simple as just putting up a few posters, or as elaborate as holding all-staff meetings with leadership speaking and giving compliance and ethics awards. It’s really just another excuse to make a little fuss to help the organization maintain their gains, and perhaps make a little more progress toward a compliant and ethical culture.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call our office or check out the Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week website.