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Three-Star General to Join LRN’s Advisory Practice

Lieutenant General (R) Mick Bednarek To Develop Inspirational Leadership at Organizations Around the World LRN, a leader in Ethics & Compliance knowledge solutions and advisory services, announced today that recently retired three-star Lieutenant General (R) Mick Bednarek will join its Advisory Practice. In an advisory role, Lieutenant General Bednarek will bring valuable perspectives and leadership experience […]

The Morning Risk Report: Rules Can Get in the Way of Culture

They want to speak up but may need help in knowing what to speak up about,” said Mr. Bostrom. Values drive behaviors, and behaviors drive outcomes, so it’s critical for leaders to not only have their fingers on the pulse of what the culture in the organization is, but to also know how to influence that culture, said Jean-Marc Levy, president of ethics and compliance solutions at LRN.

Davos Man Meets the Masses

“A growing number of CEOs are recognizing the need to place values and purpose at the center of their strategy,” said PwC Chairman Dennis Nally. “With the lack of trust that exists today with business, sooner or later you have to figure out how to regain that trust.” As a response to the trend, PwC announced a new partnership yesterday with LRN, an advisory group headed by Dov Seidman, to help corporations “elevate behavior, define and scale their values, and become animated by purpose.”

LRN Bolsters Partner Enlistment Team with Senior Appointments

LRN, the leader in Ethics & Compliance knowledge solutions and advisory services, announced today that Stacey Symoun, Mark Switzer, and Jamie Woroner have joined the firm’s partner enlistment team. In their new roles, Ms. Symoun, Mr. Switzer and Mr. Woroner will be responsible for enlisting new partners and ensuring existing partners take full advantage of LRN’s offering of values-based Ethics & Compliance solutions.

Sunil Bheda Joins LRN as Head of Technology & Product Development

LRN, the leader in Ethics & Compliance knowledge solutions and advisory services, announced today the hiring of Sunil Bheda as its Head of Technology & Product Development.

In his new role at LRN, Mr. Bheda will be responsible for fostering the development of enhanced delivery platforms, data, and analytics solutions for LRN’s global partner base. LRN helps organizations live their values through its proprietary learning management system and award-winning library of online courses, as well as advisory, research, program assessments, and other advanced, values-based solutions.

The Wall Street Journal Morning Risk Report: Volkswagen’s ‘Yates’ Test

Volkswagen AG lost its CEO due to a scandal relating to an alleged scheme to cheat for years on U.S. exhaust-emissions tests. The company said as many as 11 million cars may be affected, and it could be on the hook for $18 billion in civil penalties in the U.S. for its misconduct. Though neither the company nor anyone working there have been charged, the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal probe, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.

Susan Divers and Laura Jacobus Join LRN Advisory Services Group

LRN, the leader in Ethics & Compliance knowledge solutions and advisory services, announced today that Susan Divers and Laura Jacobus have joined the company’s Advisory Services group. In their roles, Ms. Divers and Ms. Jacobus will provide senior-level counsel to ethics and compliance leaders around effective global E&C program management and strategy, code of conduct development and curriculum planning, and program design and deployment.

FIFA launches internal probe of alleged corruption

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has launched an internal investigation of alleged corruption, two people familiar with the matter said, in a development that may signal greater cooperation with criminal probes by U.S. and Swiss authorities.

Members of FIFA’s executive committee were briefed on the internal investigation at a closed-door meeting in Zurich last month, said the sources, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

They’ve Got Game

Conflicts of interests that seem apparent in textbooks are rarely as clear-cut in reality. Recognizing that, CMS Energy uses rich storytelling in a gamified solution to drive the lessons home. In this game, just like the real world, multiple options appear to be correct, and they each come with consequences.
The online game, “The Resolver,” goes beyond corporate or governmental policy. Participants must become trouble-shooters, “traveling the world to help others understand dilemmas and help resolve them,” explains Nicolas Carr, knowledge leader at LRN, which developed the solution. For example, people generally understand that offering or accepting bribes is illegal and unethical, but they may not understand the range of what, exactly, constitutes a bribe.

LRN Releases 2015 Ethics & Compliance Effectiveness Report

LRN’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Effectiveness Report, released today, finds that senior executives raising ethics and compliance (E&C) issues in ordinary business settings such as staff meetings and operational reviews is one of the most significant indicators of an ethical corporate culture. The report examines the corporate contexts within which E&C programs operate, identifying the impact of specific corporate strategic priorities, leadership behaviors, reporting structures, funding and other matters on program effectiveness.

2015 E&C Effectiveness Report Released

LRN’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Effectiveness Report, released today, finds that senior executives raising ethics and compliance (E&C) issues in ordinary business settings such as staff meetings and operational reviews is one of the most significant indicators of an ethical corporate culture. The report examines the corporate contexts within which E&C programs operate, identifying the impact of specific corporate strategic priorities, leadership behaviors, reporting structures, funding and other matters on program effectiveness.

LRN Launches Catalyzing Conversations Toolkits

In response to recent research that indicates middle managers are crucial ambassadors of company culture and behavior, LRN, the leader in Ethics & Compliance advisory services and education, today announced the launch of Catalyzing Conversations Toolkits, a turn-key solution designed to help mid-level managers start a dialogue with employees about the organization’s code of conduct and policies, as well as actively engage employees in E&C training.

Management At All Levels Emphasizing and Rewarding Values-Based Behavior, LRN Survey Finds

As support from middle management continues to top the list of priorities for E&C professionals, many companies have implemented processes to evaluate managers’ involvement in instilling a values-based approach across the organization, according to a new survey issued today by LRN, the leader in Ethics & Compliance advisory services and education. In fact, nearly three-quarters of respondents (69 percent) reported that ethics & compliance is among the criteria now factored into their company’s performance reviews for middle managers.

Pharma Compliance Officers See Need for Clarity on Company Values

When it comes to ethics and compliance training, it’s all about company values. A new survey from LRN, a provider of ethics and compliance advisory services and education, finds that the majority (57 percent) of pharmaceutical E&C professionals believe that clarity on company values is by far the most important component of ethics and compliance training programs.

Compliance with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Justice regulations, cited by 22 percent of respondents, ranked second, followed by clarity on legal rules, mentioned by 16 percent, and understanding of the PhRMA code, which governs interactions between members of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and healthcare professionals — at 5 percent.

Corporate Compliance Insights Website Features LRN’s 2015 Risk Report

This year’s Risk Forecast Report features a first-time look at healthcare, with a focus on information security. As you’ll see, digital technologies and data security are also a concern in industries throughout the global economy. Regulators continue with a watchful eye on traditional risk areas such as antitrust and government contracting. Global political crises (giving rise to U.S. government trade sanctions against Russia, for example) and changing social mores (more liberal local marijuana laws) are only two examples of the many factors that should be on the radar of E&C professionals in 2015, according to our ECA experts.

Pharmaceutical Ethics & Compliance Professionals Place Company Values Front and Center

As the pharmaceutical industry works to address an evolving set of regulations, Ethics & Compliance professionals are placing a significant emphasis on company values, according to a new survey issued today by LRN, the leader in Ethics & Compliance advisory services and education. An overwhelming majority of respondents expressed that clarity on company values is by far the most important component of E&C training programs (57%), trumping understanding of the PhRMA code (5%), clarity on legal rules (16%) and even compliance with FDA and DOJ regulations (22%).

How to govern the use of social media in your organization

For decades, companies have been writing codes of conduct, but with the growing adoption of social media, companies’ programs are now evolving faster than ever before. In fact, governance of social media is one of the fastest-changing areas in corporate codes of conduct, as companies are becoming more sensitive to seeing an employee go online and disparage a client, expose confidential material or make false representations about a product.

So, what are the ways companies can improve the effectiveness of their code programs with respect to social media? How can companies strike a balance between encouraging communication, while also mitigating damaging comments on social media?

Jean-Marc Levy Joins LRN as President, Ethics and Compliance Solutions and a Member of the Company’s Executive Committee

LRN, which helps organizations meet their compliance obligations, shape ethical behavior, and strengthen culture and leadership, announced today the hiring of Jean-Marc Levy, most recently Head of Global Issuer Services at the New York Stock Exchange, as President, Ethics and Compliance Solutions and a member of the executive committee.

Uber, grow up. Start by sacking your ‘creep’ VP

Last Friday night, at a dinner party set up by Uber as an off-the-record briefing, at Manhattan’s exclusive Waverly Inn bistro, Emil Michael, the company’s vice president of business, proposed a dastardly scheme to compromise one of Uber’s leading media critics. Michael suggested that Uber use its vast collection of consumer data to “dig up dirt” on Sarah Lacey, the founder of the Silicon Valley news site Pando.

Giving Employees a Deeper View of Corruption

When companies provide compliance and ethics training, they should consider giving employees more insight into the big picture of how corruption hurts economic development. They can take advantage of guidance documents for corporate programs that governments and international policy organizations have been improving. Some of the most effective initiatives have focused on raising awareness, says Michael Fine, a senior member of LRN’s ethics & compliance advisory practice. He cites publications by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Transparency International and others that ‘quantify conduct so it’s harder for good people to rationalize bribery as a victimless crime and just business as usual.’

Dov Seidman: “If you want power, have moral authority” (in Spanish)

Dov Seidman, autor del libro superventas How. Por qué cómo se hacen las cosas importa, es fundador de una compañía, LRN, que se dedica a cambiar la cultura de las compañías, es decir, en el cómo se hacen las cosas, de una forma más ética, más responsable. Seidman, que participó esta semana en un coloquio organizado por Cinco Días (del grupo Prisa, editor del El País) y patrocinado por el banco Sabadell, no quiere que se trivialice con la cuestión. “Esto no va de ser amable, es una nueva forma de poder, en generar una ventaja tu cultura, que lo que la competencia no pueda copiar”.

LRN and its CEO Dov Seidman Honored as Winner of 2014 Corporate Organizational Excellence in Organizational Development Award by ODNetwork

The ODNetwork, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, selected LRN and its founder and CEO Dov Seidman as its 2014 Corporate Organizational Excellence in Organizational Development Award winner. This award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a 10+ year commitment to organizational development and effectiveness.