Saturday, December 30, 2006

Plans for the new year

Things are quiet here again during the holidays, but next week we will be announcing some big news about the Working for Integrity project, so be sure to check back.

Also expect those additional links as promised and some more tidbits from the book and field. We are also discussing beginning some interviews just for the blog with various people in the field. Those interviews would be like the ones in the book, but shorter and more focused. We will post more on this in the future.

Those of you who frequent the news sections of sites like SCCE and ECOA may have already seen this story, but for the rest, take note that China is serious about punishing fraud.

That's all for now, so Happy New Year, and remember, don't drink and email.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Article Alert: SCCE's CCEP in ethikos

Hot on the heels of the "Voices of Experience" article in ethikos, you will find another article in that publication from us.

The article, written by Joshua Leet, presents information about SCCE's new Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) certification program. The article doesn't mention Working for Integrity, but it does address one of our publisher's programs and compare it to some other certifications out there. Also, many of you entering the field may choose to sit for the credential at some point in your career.

We have included a brief excerpt below in which SCCE CEO Roy Snell discusses the difficulty of the exam.

“We are not testing things that you cannot find in any good compliance and ethics training program found anywhere in the country. We are not testing anything that you cannot find in good compliance and ethics manuals and books. We’re testing the profession, and there’s a lot of great training and education that one can find. And frankly, if you have been in the compliance and ethics industry for a few years, reading and going to training and working in a compliance and ethics program, you shouldn’t have a lot of trouble with this exam.”

The CCEP certification is based on the compliance elements as described in the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, so if the individual taking the test understands the basics of a compliance program, Snell says, “They’ll have a good shot at passing the exam.”

The article will likely appear in the January/February issue of ethikos. The title may yet change, so we will bring you more definite information once the article is out.

Friday, December 15, 2006

New Links and More to Come

As promised, we have begun to add links to the blog. In the sidebar, you will now find a new section called Compliance and Ethics Links. In this section, we have added a few links to compliance and ethics organizations, publications, and news sources. In the future, we will add other sections, such as compliance and ethics job postings, and compliance and ethics academic programs and certifications. You can also expect another link section for blogs we have found and other miscellaneous links. We will post about those additions when they are up. The original link section will include links for ordering Working for Integrity and for publicity.

For now, each of the new links is listed below, along with a brief explanation.

Needless to say, we do not check these sites daily (especially the blogs), so some may become outdated. If you spot a dead link, please email us (Joe Murphy & Josh Leet).
We also welcome your suggested links and other resources.

We do not necessarily agree with everything posted at these links/blogs.
Use them at your own discretion.

The Links:

Compliance & Ethics
Organizations and Centers

Membership Organizations - These organizations consist of member individuals or organizations and often offer resources such as conferences, training, links, and articles.

Australasian Compliance Institute (ACI) - Formerly the Australian Compliance Institute, ACI serves the Australia-Asia region as a general compliance membership organization. Site requires free registration.

Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) - Formerly the Ethics Officer Association, ECOA is a general compliance membership organization for ethics and compliance officers.

Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable (GHBER) - A local ethics group in the Houston area. Working for Integrity Interviewee Linda Lipps had a hand in its creation.

Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) - A compliance membership organization in the health care industry. Sister organization to our publisher SCCE.

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - A membership organization for privacy professionals.

International Ombudsman Association (IOA) - Formed by the joining of The Ombuds Association (TOA) and the University and College Ombudsman Association (UCOA).

National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) - Serving compliance professionals in the securities industry.

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) - A general compliance membership organization. Our publisher.

Bentley Center for Business Ethics - One of the best-known ethics centers.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - A large ethics center that includes a business ethics focus.

Compliance & Ethics Publications

Business Ethics - "The Magazine for Corporate Responsibility"

Compliance & Ethics Magazine (SCCE) - For members of SCCE.

ethikos - Formed by joining of Corporate Conduct Quarterly and ethikos.

Ethisphere - For Directors, CEOs and General Counsels.

Compliance Week - Covers corporate government, risk and compliance. Includes a free online component.

Ethics Newsline - Rushworth Kidder's weekly insight into ethics news. Free and online.

Ethics Today Online - A monthly newsletter from Ethics Resource Center. Free subscription.

Other Publications
BNA/ACCA Compliance Manual: Prevention of Corporate Liability - A well-respected monthly publication.

Compliance & Ethics News - Ethics news from a Canadian business ethics site. Free and online.

ECOA: The Week's Ethics and Compliance News - Weekly news from ECOA. Free and online.

EthicsWorld - Governance, biz ethics and anti-corruption news. Free and online.

SCCE: e-Corporate Compliance News - Weekly news from SCCE. Free and online.
See also Newsletters links.

Use your time wisely.

It could be that the Web is a black hole of wasted time for certain professionals…
Roy Snell, in his interview for Working for Integrity:
Finding the Perfect Job in the Rapidly Growing Compliance and Ethics Field.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Blog Plans - Links

Next week, we will be adding a significant number of links to the sidebar. These links will lead you to websites that provide various compliance resources and services.

The update will be accompanied by a post explaining the link sections and highlighting the new links.

In the meantime, if you are bored, live near Houston, and are not yet sick and tired of all things Enron, you may want to catch a show.

"Enron: The Musical" features local actors and dramatizes the events of the Enron Scandal for your amusement. We have not seen it, but if you are an Enron junkie, it is probably worth the $25 ticket price. The musical only opened last weekend, but its only remaining engagements look to be this weekend.

Enron: The Musical

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

SCCE News: 2007 Compliance Academy

2007 Compliance Academy
(From a December 5th email)

Dallas, TX | March 26–29, 2007

Four-day basic intensive training with optional certification exam on the fifth day

Compliance education on USSC compliance guidelines

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Compliance Academy is a four-day intensive training program with the optional Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) exam on the fifth day. The Academy will address methods for implementing and managing compliance programs based on the structure as described in the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) compliance guidelines. Courses will address subject matter in depth and better prepare interested parties for the CCEP exam.

The Academy is an invaluable resource for compliance professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel, and government attorneys who deal with compliance issues. The Academy will also appeal to CEOs who have a basic understanding of compliance concepts and who are considering incorporating compliance programs.

Visit the SCCE website for more information.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Canadian Conference Board's New White Paper

Recently, the Conference Board of Canada released a white paper entitled The Evolving Role of the Ethics and Compliance Officer. According to a press release, the paper, in discussing the ethics and compliance function in North America, asserts "Chief ethics and compliance officers should ideally report directly to their company’s chief executive officer and have unfettered access to their company’s board of directors." That certainly got our attention, since you will find similar assertions in Working for Integrity.

More information on the paper (including downloading instructions) can be found here.

You can download the 44-page document for free after registering with CBC.

Friday, December 01, 2006

HR Magazine Notices Compliance Salaries

Today, we heard that the newest issue of HR Magazine contains an article about compliance salaries. The article draws upon a survey for the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members can view the article online and everyone else can find the article in the December 2006, (Vol. 51, No. 12 ) edition of HR magazine.

You can also find information about the survey in a September 18th press release at CSRwire.