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Author: Kaplan Walker

Program Structure

In the posts collected here we will discuss assessment-related issues concerning a) various types of C&E program roles and reporting relationships, including those involving the board of directors; senior management; C&E department management; other staff, such as members of the

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Assessing Codes of Conduct

Codes of conduct are often described as the most important document in a compliance program. Codes help set the right tone for compliance and ethics (“C&E”) programs.  They are educational tools that should serve to raise awareness and understanding of

Revisions to DOJ Program Evaluation Guidance

On June 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Criminal Division, updated its guidance on the “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (“the  2020 Update”) to provide increased clarity on several of the key questions prosecutors might ask in assessing

The New Antitrust Compliance Program Evaluation Criteria

For more than a quarter of a century the Antitrust Division of the US Justice Department (the “DOJ”) was an outlier among the components of the DOJ with respect to crediting compliance programs in enforcement matters. That changed on July

Conducting Program Assessments Using the Department of Justice’s New Evaluation Standards

The modern era of corporate compliance began on November 1, 1991, when the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations (the “FSGO”) – the first set of general standards for assessing the efficacy of what were then called “program[s] to prevent and

Using behavioral ethics in compliance program assessments

Behavioral economics is a school of social science that teaches that we are not as rational as we think. The application of that learning to the realm of ethics is sometimes called “behavioral ethics,” which is a social science that

Culture assessment – the why and the how

Research conducted over the past twenty years has provided an evidentiary basis for what has – for just as long – been accepted wisdom in the E&C community: that an ethical organizational culture is even more effective than a strong

Legal Guidance related to Program Assessment

Legal guidance in the area of C&E program assessments accords with professional wisdom in this area, emphasizing the importance of periodic assessments to an effective program. In this post, we review a few of the relevant legal standards from U.S.

Assessments and Confidentiality

A threshold issue which often arises in conducting C&E program assessments is to what extent the process and report should be treated as confidential. There are two components to this question, the first of which concerns the use of the