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ClearView maintains a selection of current news articles focused on corporate governance, compliance, risk management and ethics. For older News items, please visit our News Archive.

January 25, 2019

Better protection of whistleblowers: Council adopts its position

The EU is taking steps to guarantee a high level protection to whistleblowers across a wide range of sectors. The Council (at ambassadors level) adopted today its position on the directive on the protection of whistleblowers. The new rules will impose the creation of safe channels for reporting both within an organisation -private or public if above 50 employees – and to public authorities. It will also give a high level of protection to whistleblowers against retaliation.

January 9, 2019

#MeToo and Your Corporate Culture

There can be little doubt that North American society has experienced a shift in how sexual harassment or assault complaints are viewed since the fall of 2017; there appears to be a greater recognition that such behaviour is occurring with increased frequency than perhaps was thought before #MeToo.

January 8, 2019

Give teeth to the law protecting whistleblowers

The law for the protection of whistleblowers was introduced in Japan in 2006 as a means of shielding people who report wrongdoing by the companies and organizations they belong to from possible reprisals. Since its introduction more than a decade ago, however, critics have charged that the legislation lacks the teeth to shield whistleblowers from unfair treatment.

December 4, 2018

What is the Value of Ethics and Whistleblower Programs?

The 2018 Conference for Audit Committees in Toronto is an ideal opportunity for chairs and current audit committee members to connect and learn. Christa C. Wessel, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of ClearView Strategic Partners Inc. will be speaking at this evening about Stakeholder Demands for Transparency: The Value of Ethics and Whistleblower Programs. We hope to see you there!

November 13, 2018

Can Employees Change the Ethics of Tech Firms?

Many companies, it seems, are growing their conscience — or at least, their employees are. Workers are exercising greater muscle when they see their employer taking on a contract they perceive as involving morally questionable work, and they are taking action.

November 13, 2018

How corporate culture affects governance

In what ways is the culture of your organisation influencing the standards of governance you achieve? Ensuring business practices are both ethical and prudent is central to the role of any CEO. This article outlines four steps CEOs can take to create a culture that enables high standards of governance.

November 3, 2018

How Important Are Whistleblowers In Detecting Crime And Fraud?

Recent cases in the UK’s financial services industry have reignited debate around the role of whistleblowers in detecting crime and fraud.

October 1, 2018

California Becomes 1st State To Require Women On Corporate Boards

California will be the first state to require publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, requires public companies whose principal executive offices are located in California to comply by the end of 2019.

September 22, 2018

Boardroom grows corporate culture

Researchers are saying boards do need to be more involved in defining their organizational culture and providing appropriate oversight. Boards set the tone of an organization, and they must work to ensure that organization culture is aligned with their business strategy.

September 19, 2018

Ethical Lapses Cost Companies Millions. An Ethical Workforce Can Help.

Can organizations address issues of ethics to avoid internal discord and financial penalties and ultimately become magnets for those who want to join a workforce attuned to such matters? Questions around ethics and technological development have grown more important—and the ramifications of not answering them more obviously present—with the accelerating pace of innovation.

September 13, 2018

Are Whistleblowing Executives Protected Against Retaliation?

Are senior corporate managers and executives protected from retaliation? A recent article raises important questions about whether senior bank employees (who are most likely to have knowledge of fraud) are protected from retaliation and whether there are incentives for whistleblowers to come forward. According to the Ethics and Compliance Initiative’s 2018 Global Business Ethics Survey, 58% of top managers at companies experienced retaliation for raising ethics or compliance concerns.

September 12, 2018

Great news for champions of sustainable, ethical behavior

Impunity is a daily issue in the lives of many who work in governance, risk and compliance. Investigating your boss is usually a career-limiting move, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to sustain an ethical culture without the remit or tools to hold senior members of the organization accountable. This contradiction has been driving efforts to amplify the independence, seniority and remit of chief compliance officers.

September 11, 2018

What Working at Enron Taught Me About Corporate Ethics

Having honest business practices is only the baseline — it’s about building trustworthy leaders. If leaders do not operate from a place of integrity, it sets the tone for everything and everyone else and directly and negatively impacts the bottom line.

August 28, 2018

Data breach complaints up 160% since GDPR came into force

Complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about potential data breaches have more than doubled since stricter regulations came into force in May. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies can be fined €20 million (£16.5m) or 4 per cent of their worldwide turnover, significantly more than the maximum penalty of £500,000 available under the old law.

August 20, 2018

Wage abuse in a fifth of supply chains

A fifth of firms have found wage abuses in their supply chain, according to a CIPS survey. The poll found 21% of supply chain managers had seen labour violations in supply chains over the past two years, including late payment (seen by 14% of respondents) and staff not being paid the minimum wage (10%). Some 3% had seen both.

July 25, 2018

Building An Ethics-First Employee Culture Is Crucial For All Leaders

Business ethics can often be viewed as a strict code of conduct, but it’s a leader’s responsibility to shift that positioning. Instead of framing ethics as a “thou shall not” obligation, it should always begin and end with people.

January 25, 2019

Better protection of whistleblowers: Council adopts its position

The EU is taking steps to guarantee a high level protection to whistleblowers across a wide range of sectors. The Council (at ambassadors level) adopted today its position on the directive on the protection of whistleblowers. The new rules will impose the creation of safe channels for reporting both within an organisation -private or public if above 50 employees – and to public authorities. It will also give a high level of protection to whistleblowers against retaliation.

January 9, 2019

#MeToo and Your Corporate Culture

There can be little doubt that North American society has experienced a shift in how sexual harassment or assault complaints are viewed since the fall of 2017; there appears to be a greater recognition that such behaviour is occurring with increased frequency than perhaps was thought before #MeToo.

January 8, 2019

Give teeth to the law protecting whistleblowers

The law for the protection of whistleblowers was introduced in Japan in 2006 as a means of shielding people who report wrongdoing by the companies and organizations they belong to from possible reprisals. Since its introduction more than a decade ago, however, critics have charged that the legislation lacks the teeth to shield whistleblowers from unfair treatment.

December 4, 2018

What is the Value of Ethics and Whistleblower Programs?

The 2018 Conference for Audit Committees in Toronto is an ideal opportunity for chairs and current audit committee members to connect and learn. Christa C. Wessel, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of ClearView Strategic Partners Inc. will be speaking at this evening about Stakeholder Demands for Transparency: The Value of Ethics and Whistleblower Programs. We hope to see you there!

November 13, 2018

Can Employees Change the Ethics of Tech Firms?

Many companies, it seems, are growing their conscience — or at least, their employees are. Workers are exercising greater muscle when they see their employer taking on a contract they perceive as involving morally questionable work, and they are taking action.

November 13, 2018

How corporate culture affects governance

In what ways is the culture of your organisation influencing the standards of governance you achieve? Ensuring business practices are both ethical and prudent is central to the role of any CEO. This article outlines four steps CEOs can take to create a culture that enables high standards of governance.

November 3, 2018

How Important Are Whistleblowers In Detecting Crime And Fraud?

Recent cases in the UK’s financial services industry have reignited debate around the role of whistleblowers in detecting crime and fraud.

October 1, 2018

California Becomes 1st State To Require Women On Corporate Boards

California will be the first state to require publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, requires public companies whose principal executive offices are located in California to comply by the end of 2019.

September 22, 2018

Boardroom grows corporate culture

Researchers are saying boards do need to be more involved in defining their organizational culture and providing appropriate oversight. Boards set the tone of an organization, and they must work to ensure that organization culture is aligned with their business strategy.

September 19, 2018

Ethical Lapses Cost Companies Millions. An Ethical Workforce Can Help.

Can organizations address issues of ethics to avoid internal discord and financial penalties and ultimately become magnets for those who want to join a workforce attuned to such matters? Questions around ethics and technological development have grown more important—and the ramifications of not answering them more obviously present—with the accelerating pace of innovation.

September 13, 2018

Are Whistleblowing Executives Protected Against Retaliation?

Are senior corporate managers and executives protected from retaliation? A recent article raises important questions about whether senior bank employees (who are most likely to have knowledge of fraud) are protected from retaliation and whether there are incentives for whistleblowers to come forward. According to the Ethics and Compliance Initiative’s 2018 Global Business Ethics Survey, 58% of top managers at companies experienced retaliation for raising ethics or compliance concerns.

September 12, 2018

Great news for champions of sustainable, ethical behavior

Impunity is a daily issue in the lives of many who work in governance, risk and compliance. Investigating your boss is usually a career-limiting move, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to sustain an ethical culture without the remit or tools to hold senior members of the organization accountable. This contradiction has been driving efforts to amplify the independence, seniority and remit of chief compliance officers.

September 11, 2018

What Working at Enron Taught Me About Corporate Ethics

Having honest business practices is only the baseline — it’s about building trustworthy leaders. If leaders do not operate from a place of integrity, it sets the tone for everything and everyone else and directly and negatively impacts the bottom line.

August 28, 2018

Data breach complaints up 160% since GDPR came into force

Complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about potential data breaches have more than doubled since stricter regulations came into force in May. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies can be fined €20 million (£16.5m) or 4 per cent of their worldwide turnover, significantly more than the maximum penalty of £500,000 available under the old law.

August 20, 2018

Wage abuse in a fifth of supply chains

A fifth of firms have found wage abuses in their supply chain, according to a CIPS survey. The poll found 21% of supply chain managers had seen labour violations in supply chains over the past two years, including late payment (seen by 14% of respondents) and staff not being paid the minimum wage (10%). Some 3% had seen both.

July 25, 2018

Building An Ethics-First Employee Culture Is Crucial For All Leaders

Business ethics can often be viewed as a strict code of conduct, but it’s a leader’s responsibility to shift that positioning. Instead of framing ethics as a “thou shall not” obligation, it should always begin and end with people.