Helping people around the world do the right thing.

Inspiring principled performance.

Inspiring people to do the right thing is the essence of principled performance. It is about inspired rather than required behavior—living principles beyond following rules. Ultimately, principled performance leads to healthier, more profitable organizations. LRN was founded on this notion and has grown into a successful business that has helped to shape the way millions of employees behave and interact across the globe.

LRN’s overall approach recognizes the inherent limitations of rules and regulations in influencing behaviors, especially when rules and regulations increase apace. In our view, focusing on actions that help build and maintain a values-based culture, how people approach their work and interact with others, will mean less risk and lower costs while elevating innovation, reliability, financial performance, and brand trust.

Since 1994, LRN has worked to propel organizations forward with the partnership, knowledge, and tools to build ethical culture.

LRN was founded on the belief that society is better off when legal & ethical knowledge is accessible to all. We are proud to have been helping corporations act responsibly long before CSR and ESG became fashionable business acronyms. We’re glad to see these important concepts catching on.

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2022

LRN releases its modern Inspire learning format which reimagines the learner experience and prioritizes customization and timeliness for E&C program managers with the new Catalyst Create course authoring tool.

2021

LRN releases its first-ever Benchmark of Ethical Culture survey, partners with Tapestry Networks on an exploration of the board’s role in ethics, compliance, and culture in a landmark report, and measures the impact of COVID-19 on E&C programs in its annual Program Effectiveness (PEI) Report.

A brand evolution is underway. LRN’s client base leaps to more than 1,000 companies globally.

2020

Following the murder of George Floyd, LRN makes clear its stance against racism and doubles down on diversity, equity, and inclusion. New resources and courses are developed for client partners to help improve workplace culture and a sense of belonging for everyone. This is just the beginning.

LRN completes the acquisition of Dublin-based Interactive Services to create the premier resource for both library and bespoke learning courses.

2019

COVID-19 begins its permanent transformation of the global economy, forever shifting our experience of workplace, work life, education, and travel.

2018

LRN releases The State of Moral Leadership.

LRN published the third edition of PEI Report and the first edition of the Board Report.

LRN and Leeds Equity Partners form strategic relationship to continue LRN’s mission.

2017

Dov Seidman’s Framework for Moral Leadership was featured in Fortune’s Change the World issue where he was referred to as “the corporate whisperer.”

2016

Change to LRN releases second edition of The HOW Report and the 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report.

Dov Seidman speaks at the Vatican for the Fortune + Time Global Forum.

2015

FIFA embroiled in scandal as senior officials are indicted for bribery.

Volkswagen CEO resigns in wake of revelations that the company falsified emissions data on thousands of vehicles.

LRN releases industry’s first mobile Code of Conduct app.

Dov Seidman delivers keynote address to United Nations Global Compact gathering.

LRN reaches 100 million course completions.

2014

LRN ranks first in CEB’S training activities and training effectiveness survey.

New ethics & compliance courses win multiple training effectiveness awards.

The Freedom Report released at the World Economic Forum.

2013

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower awards its first bounty, and receives approximately 6,000 tips.

LRN’S 6th annual Ethics & Compliance Leadership Survey Report released.

2012

U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC issue unprecedented joint guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

2011

LRN moves into LEED-certified New York City headquarters.

LRN releases the HOW Report, a global, empirical research report with 2 million data points, analyzing how governance, culture and leadership impact the performance of organizations.

2010

LRN joins United Nations Global Compact.

UK’s Bribery Act 2010 passed.

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed.

2009

LRN opens Mumbai office.

HOW translated in 32 languages.

2008

Siemens pays fines totaling $1.6 billion, then the largest amount ever paid by a corporation, for systemic FCPA violations.

LRN launches Ethics & Compliance Alliance.

LRN enters into partnership with the Elie Weisel Foundation for Humanity, sponsoring annual prizes in ethics.

2007

LRN opens London office.

2005

100th partner joins LRN.

2004

FSGO introduces requirement of promoting a culture of compliance.

LRN develops 100th ethics & compliance training course.

LRN founder testifies before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on the importance of culture and values-based ethics programs.

2003

NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies required to adopt codes of ethics and conduct.

2002

Sarbanes-Oxley Act passed.

WorldCom surpasses Enron to become biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history, after disclosing that it had improperly accounted for $3.8 billion of expenses.

2001

Enron becomes largest bankruptcy in U.S. history at that time, leading to criminal investigation and conviction of senior executives for accounting fraud. Arthur Andersen convicted of obstruction of justice for destruction of evidence related to Enron, becoming first accounting firm ever to be convicted of a felony. The firm goes out of business.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopts policy that provides (among other things) for giving credit in enforcement decisions to issuers with compliance programs.

1999

LRN launches the Legal Compliance and Ethics Center (LCEC) to deliver learning through an online library and custom courses.

1997

Delaware Chancery Court rules in Caremark case that corporate directors have compliance-program-related fiduciary duties to monitor compliance with the law.

A group of leading partners team up with LRN to create a charter group bringing together the latest thinking in legal research.

1995

Trader Nick Leeson causes Barings Bank’s collapse after incurring $1.3 billion in losses.

1994

LRN, the Legal Research Network, opens for business in Los Angeles to provide shared-cost legal expertise for corporate legal departments.

1991

The first governmental expectations of “effective programs to prevent and detect criminal conduct.” In addition to unprecedentedly huge fines for offences, the FSGO created an incentive for companies: those with an established, effective compliance program at the time of the offense could be treated much more leniently.

1986

Due to eroded public confidence, leading defense contractors form the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (DII). DII Principles become the basis for early corporate compliance programs.

It’s clear that balancing profit and purpose has a positive, transformational impact on business.

We help organizations leverage core values to drive consistent, ethical behavior and professional practice in a world where change is constant. Ethics and compliance leaders, boards of directors, HR professionals, and staff at some of the world’s largest firms partner with us to create experiences that prioritize values, culture, and the learner experience. Our offerings include advisory services; a SaaS education, analytics, and certification platform; library courses, and custom learning content. Strategic guidance and solutions from LRN provide organizations with the means to outbehave and outperform.

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