Copyright © 2018 by Barney Rosenberg
President, Ethics Line, LLC™
OK, this is kind of a touchy point with ethics practitioners. So I am going to vent a little. You’ll see why in a sentence or two and then you can weigh in with what you think about it.
I was talking to a relatively senior business executive about what I do. He said, “Oh, yeah, you’re the compliance guy.” I took a deep breath and started to explain. “No actually, you are. Because a failure of compliance could mean someone will go to prison and the regulators and prosecutors will come looking for the most senior person responsible for the conduct of the business. So, in a practical sense, you are the designated defendant.”
I have a little experience with that! Deep in the last century, I started my career out of law school as a white collar, criminal defense attorney. Now, I tell people I am a recovering lawyer. [Read more…]