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Jamie McKillop

Jamie McKillop

Jamie McKillop joined SAI Global’s Advisory Services team in 2010 after working in the Company’s Client Services group for more than five years. While in Client Services, Jamie managed the implementation and deployment of best-in-class compliance and ethics training programs for many SAI clients. 

This fall I had the opportunity to attend the SCCE’s 2013 Compliance and Ethics Institute in Washington, D.C.  Attending the conference was very informative, offering the opportunity for attendees to interact with others in the compliance and ethics industry and to attend a number of sessions covering a variety of compliance and ethics related topics. Taking a look at the topics the sessions covered, one could pick up on a number of themes that have been prominent within the industry for quite some time. However, one topic seemed to be more prevalent than the rest and that was how to assess your compliance program and/or measure the effectiveness of your compliance program.  There were a quite a few sessions covering this topic and I was able to attend a number of them.

SAI Global and Baker & McKenzie have released the results of our 2013 Compliance and Ethics Benchmarking survey. Conducted late last fall as companies finalized their plans for 2013, SAI Global and Baker & McKenzie asked key client contacts and other industry professionals to participate in our benchmarking survey. Questions covered a variety of compliance and ethics and topics. Here are few interesting, high level facts covered in the report.

A Social Concern

Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:17 Published in Careful Communication & Proper Use of Computers

As social media continues to become more ingratiated in our day to day lives, the use of social media in and out of the workplace has become a huge concern for compliance departments.  As my former colleague Mary Snyder recently covered in the space, many companies have struggled to find the correct balance between protecting employees’ rights and protecting their companies’ reputation when crafting social media policies.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to rule that social media policies cannot impede on workers’ rights to communicate with one another regarding wages, benefits and working conditions.  The latest ruling came last month when the NLRB found that five employees of social services provider Hispanic United of Buffalo had been wrongfully terminated for comments they posted on Facebook.

In her recent article in the Christian Science Monitor, Ruth Walker points to the ever expanding number of “C- level” positions companies are creating and rightly questions the motivation behind these newly fashionable positions. Walker sites the chief compliance officer title as one of her examples and at the conclusion of the article asks an intriguing question, “does calling one person, say, ‘chief ethics officer,’ signal a serious corporate commitment to ethics – or does it just let everyone else off the hook?”

Earlier this week, I came across an article on which provided some excellent benchmarking information on corporate anti-corruption policies. The benchmarking was based on the coverage of specific risk areas within companies’ codes of conduct. The risk areas the authors looked for included bribery (specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)) and gifts & entertainment. The article inspired me to take SAI Global’s training data for 2011 and look for the similar trends in coverage.

Over the past week the Olympic Games have once again captured the world’s attention. According to its charter, the goal of the Olympic Movement “is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values.” Part of that movement includes promoting ethics in sports. While there have been multiple displays of this mission in action over the past week, there have also been a few incidents that remind us that corruption can come in many forms and occur in many different arenas.

Last week, LinkedIn suffered a data breach when approximately 6.5 million users’ passwords were stolen and posted on the internet. While attacks like this are becoming more common, what surprised most experts was the lack of sophisticated encryption being used by LinkedIn. The passwords were only protected by the most basic form of encryption, giving many the impression LinkedIn was not taking data security seriously.

Learning from Morgan Stanley

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:04 Published in Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption

What conclusions can we draw from the DOJ’s decision not to prosecute Morgan Stanley? With the increased enforcement of the FCPA over the past several years, companies have been clamoring for more guidance from the Department of Justice on how and why the agency decides to prosecute companies for the behavior of its employees. In the press release regarding its decision to not prosecute Morgan Stanley, the DOJ cites several aspects of the company’s compliance program that could be used as a benchmark for what the DOJ considers to be an effective compliance program.

Last week, Greg Smith caused quite the uproar with his public resignation from Goldman Sachs (Goldman). In an op-ed piece published in the New York Times titled “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs”, the former executive director attacked his former employer, saying the corporate culture at Goldman has become so “toxic” he could no longer associate himself with the investment bank. Smith contended that Goldman has lost sight of what had been its preeminent goal, doing right by its clients. Instead, Goldman has incentivized its employees to focus first and foremost on making money for the firm by any means necessary, even if that money is made at the expense of its own clients.

Jamie McKillop, CCEP

Monday, 01 March 1999 00:00 Published in Authors

Jamie McKillop joined SAI Global’s Advisory Services team in 2010 after working in the Company’s Client Services group for more than five years. While in Client Services, Jamie managed the implementation and deployment of best-in-class compliance and ethics training programs for many SAI clients.

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