January came in with a roar at least in the Northeastern US where we have had a couple of arctic vortexes plummet us into sub-zero temperatures plus a couple of feet of snow so far this year. As we dig out (probably just to dig in again), I want to acknowledge and thank Dr. Reatha Clark King and the Rutgers University Business School Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) for the outstanding event we collaborated on last week. In the photo above, you can find the main players, from left to right: Margaret Della, Program Director for IEL, myself, Alex Plinio, IEL co-founder and panelist, Dr. Clark King, our keynote speaker and special guest, James Jalil, partner at Thompson Hine and panelist, and Judy Young, IEL Executive Director.
"The Corporate Board's Responsibility for Ethics & Risk in a Time of Crisis" featured a riveting keynote address by Dr. Clark King, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Corporate Directors, who graciously answered my and the audience’s questions in a "fireside chat". The seminar featured a major interactive crisis simulation with a mock board (Messrs. Plinio and Jalil) and the audience acting as executives. It was an outstanding half day of learning and networking and I want to thank Judy Young and Margaret Della for their extraordinary work and support in making this a great success.
We have several board and leadership related resources and events coming up, including a webcast on what audit committees should be looking for in a company's ethics and compliance program (February 4) and a live event sponsored by the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia on understanding risk from the board's point of view (February 11, 2014). Also in February, the next GlobalEthicist column will be published on the little addressed issue of leadership and culture failure as a material risk for organizations.
It's not too late to sign up for tomorrow's Conference Board live webcast on "Leadership & Culture Failure: Preventative Strategies and Tools" (see far right column for details). I'm also very excited to collaborate with my good friend, Murray Grainger, this Friday in a virtual executive seminar for the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
As always, please contact me anytime with questions, suggestions or concerns and, of course, please follow me on Twitter @GlobalEthicist.
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO
Switch & Shift TV
Interview with Andrea Bonime-Blanc
"Leaders Turn Risk into Competitive Advantage"
If you haven't had a chance to glance at this Internet TV interview I did in December, please check it out, especially if you, like me, believe that we need to inject a much more positive and business-savvy tone and content into how we undertake ethics, compliance, risk and corporate responsibility management in our organizations. And, as the host of the program, Ted Coine, states in his introduction: "Can the right ethics and reputation program save a company potentially billions of dollars in fines and restitution? You bet it can! Just wait until you hear Andrea's example of a bank not getting into trouble because the Department of Justice admires the bank's commitment to ethics and its fast and effective response to one bad actor's misdeeds."
http://bit.ly/1cdppP8 or http://www.gecrisk.com
LATEST PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA
ON SCANDAL PREVENTION:
"Preventing the Next Business Scandal" The GlobalEthicist Column from December/January 2014 outlines a triangular solution to preventing the next business scandal. http://bit.ly/1ctFvSh & http://bit.ly/19OAzE0
ON GLOBAL PRIVACY:
In this FT's Agenda Week piece on "EU & Brazil Want the US to Toughen Up on Privacy" Andrea Bonime-Blanc is interviewed on how companies can create a better global privacy governance framework. http://bit.ly/1ctFvSh
"Getting to a Culture of Integrity: The Role of the CEO, the Board & Risk Strategy" by Andrea Bonime-Blanc for ECOA Connections, December 2013 issue, outlines a three-pronged approach to a better organizational culture. http://bit.ly/1ctFvSh
ON SUPPLY CHAIN GOVERNANCE:
"The Changing Chinese Supply Chain: Building a Reputable and Sustainable Supply Chain in and out of China", The Conference Board, November 2013, with co-author Michael Hickman, International Partner, Haiwen & Partners. http://bit.ly/1ctFvSh
"Supply Chain Risk: What Companies Need to Know" The GlobalEthicist Column from October 2013, Ethical Corporation Magazine. http://bit.ly/H1fHRH
"Executive Whistleblowing: What to Do When No One Listens" The GlobalEthicist Column from November 2013 analyzes the special difficulties of being an executive whistleblower and outlines options for dealing with such a situation. http://bit.ly/1ctFvSh
"How to be Smart About Executive Whistleblowing: Q&A with Andrea Bonime-Blanc" interview with The Company Ethicist, November 19, 2013. http://bit.ly/1ctFvSh
January 23, 2014
"Leadership and Culture Failure: Preventative Strategies and Tools". The Conference Board. Live Webcast. 1:00-2:00pm Eastern. Facilitator & Co-Panelist. With Jacqueline E. Brevard, Esq. & Judy Young.
January 24, 2014
"Integrity, Leadership & Crisis Management" Executive Seminar at University of St. Gallen in collaboration with Murray Grainger, Impact on Integrity.
February 4, 2014
"How Can the Audit Committee Evaluate the Effectiveness of an Ethics & Compliance Program?" The Association of Audit Committee Members, Inc. Live Webcast. 12:00-1:00pm Eastern. Speaker.
February 11, 2014
"Risk Management Through the Eyes of the Board". The Forum of Executive Women. Facilitator and Panelist with Gina Merritt-Epps & Patricia Oelrich. Hosted by Blank Rome LLP. Philadelphia.
February 20, 2014
"The Changing Chinese Supply Chain: Risk & Governance". The Conference Board. Live Webcast. 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern. Facilitator & Co-Panelist. With Michael Hickman, International Partner, Haiwen & Partners. http://bit.ly/1dSYNSw
February 4 - April 8, 2014
ECOA "Leading Professionals in Ethics & Compliance Certification" (LPEC) Program. Essentials of Ethics + Compliance E2C Program leading to LPEC Certification. Faculty Member. http://bit.ly/18NA95n