Getting the Most Out of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week

May 8, 2012

This week (May 6-12, 2012) has been designated as Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. Corporate Compliance Week is a great time to reinforce the message of compliance throughout your organization. At a minimum, you should use this opportunity to publicize your program, hotline and reporting system, and anti-retaliation policy. Some ideas to increase the visibility if your compliance program by leveraging Corporate Compliance Week include: Send an e-mail to all employees announcing Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week. Release a special compliance week newsletter or announcement. Publish a quiz about information all employees should know about the compliance program. Release a message on compliance from the CEO and/or compliance officer. Have a breakfast, lunch or “meet and greet” with a brief message about the compliance program. Post signs in break room and other visible areas announcing Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week and your compliance program. Hold a raffle and have employees complete a brief questionnaire on the basics of the compliance program in order to enter. With a little creativity, you can make the most of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week. Your focus should be to enforce compliance as a positive element of your corporate culture and reinforce the message that the organization encourages reporting of compliance concerns through its reporting system. Use this week as an opportunity to remind all employees of the organization’s intolerance for retaliation or retribution against parties that provide compliance information.
Ruder Ware has an active Corporate Compliance and Ethics practice. We counsel clients on various aspects of their compliance and ethics programs in a variety of industries including: healthcare, transportation, banking, and manufacturing. We assess the effectiveness of programs and suggest steps to increase program effectiveness. Ruder Ware is actively involved in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. Two Ruder Ware attorneys recently attended the Midwest meeting of the SCCE, one of whom is Certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association.
If you have questions regarding the above, please contact John Fisher, CHC, CCEP, the author of this article, or any of the attorneys on the Health Care Focus Team of Ruder Ware.

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