CRI Group is proud to be a gold sponsor for the 7th Annual Global Ethics Summit, 10-11 March 2015 in New York. The theme of this year’s event is “Elevating Value Through Integrity: How Leading Companies Accomplish Excellence Worldwide.” The Summit, hosted by Ethisphere Institute and Thomson-Reuters, has lined up an excellent list of speakers and it promises to be an enlightening two-day affair.
Speakers include Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners; Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of illycaffè S.p.A.; Melvin T. Stith, Dean Emeritus and a professor at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University; Korin Neff, senior vice president and corporate compliance officer at Wyndham Worldwide; Cindy Moehring, Chief Global Ethics Officer for Walmart; and many others.
The agenda will include panel discussions such as “The CEO Conversation,” “Leadership Lessons From the Top,” “The 2014 Anti-Corruption Landscape” and “Third Party Risk, the Supply Chain and the Value of Trust,” just to name a few.
Corporate ethics and compliance are areas that all businesses must take seriously. The best approach toward an ethical corporate culture comes from the top of the organization. Having an ethical code of conduct, monitoring for red flags and evaluating controls and responses on a regular basis are crucial elements of an ethical corporate culture.
At CRI Group, our investigations have sometimes taken us into businesses that were lacking corporate ethics. This inevitably leads to fraud or other criminal behavior, sometimes in the form of bribery, collusion or other means. In many cases, the victim organisation did not have an ethical code of conduct nor a “zero-tolerance” environment to deter unethical behaviour. This usually came at great cost to the victim, with a lesson learned – better to be proactive than to try to pick up the pieces left from unethical acts.
Our experts are trained to help business leaders set a tone at the top of their organisation and establish an ethical environment. With the right knowledge and a commit to maintaining such an environment, companies can be better protected and prevent and detect more unethical acts.
These and other related issues will be at the center of discussion at the 7th Annual Global Ethics Summit, and that’s why we are glad to be a part of it. We hope to see you in New York in March.