Strategic Governance, Risk & Reputation News
Strategic Governance, Risk & Reputation News
October 21, 2014


I am delighted to report that my new book The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency was just published this month by Oxford UK-based publisher Dō Sustainability. In this Newsletter, you will find some of the early reviews we have received. To find out more about the book, please click here ( or to order a copy, please click here:

We will be doing a variety of events and speeches on reputation risk and related topics over the next few weeks as well - take a look at our upcoming events on the far right of this Newsletter.

As mentioned in the September Newsletter, a few weeks ago, I had the good fortune to be interviewed by NYSE Governance Services for their video series Inside Compliance. The host, Eric Morehead, VP, and I explored two main topics: "A Strategic Approach to Governance, Risk and Compliance" (which is available for viewing here: and "Reputation, Crisis and Value Transformation" which will be first aired in November. 

I am also very pleased to share important news from several strategic partners and collaborators: (1) Murray Grainger, CEO of Impact on Integrity, will be hosting a couple of gamified interactive "Global Business Ethics Challenges" in Europe in the next month and we plan to offer several of these jointly in North America in 2015; (2) Switzerland-based RepRisk AG, the leading provider of global business intelligence on ESG risks, and GEC Risk announced our strategic partnership earlier this month (press release here:; and (3) the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies Nomination and Application Process was just announced and includes a number of improvements and enhancements from past years - please take a look at the feature in this Newsletter and consider nominating/applying for your company.

It has been an incredibly busy and rewarding fall season so far for us and we hope for you too.

Cheers and until next month!


Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO
GEC Risk Advisory LLC
Transforming Risk into Value 

Ethical Corporation Magazine

"Ask The GlobalEthicist"
October Question:

How Do Boards Gauge the Effectiveness of Ethics & Compliance Programs?

"Q: What should a board look for to take comfort that an ethics and compliance programme is not just implemented but also effective?

Submitted by Willem J Punt, group ethics officer and head of culture and conduct risk at First Rand Bank, South Africa

To access the full article click here: 

The Reputation Risk Handbook:

Surviving & Thriving in the
Age of Hyper-Transparency

Andrea Bonime-Blanc

Oxford, UK: Dō Sustainability - 2014

Early reviews are in:

“Convincingly demonstrates that today’s hyper-transparent world presents profound “reputation risks”...her advice is essential … to instill a forward-thinking, action-oriented compliance culture.”
LANNY A. BREUER, Vice Chairman, Covington & Burling, former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Obama Administration
"…an important and timely book. Thought leaders like Dr. Bonime-Blanc, with this immensely readable book, help guide the way for all of us.”
ANDREW WEISSMANN, Former Director of the Enron Task Force and General Counsel of the FBI
"A novel and refined immersion into the complex world of corporate risk.”
SIMON M. FRANCO, CEO, Simon Franco Recursos Humanos, Brazil
“…the perfect guide through the maze of 'reputation risk'…”
HANS DECKER, Retired CEO and Vice Chairman of Siemens USA
“A brilliant handbook for CEOs."
JORGE CACHINERO, Group Senior Director, Llorente & Cuenca, Professor, IE Business School, Spain

“A true handbook...a guide for organizations and their executives on how to integrate assessment, prevention and management of reputation risk... very recommendable.”
Matthias Kleinhempel, Professor Business Policy, IAE Business School, Centre for Governance & Transparency, Argentina, former CEO, several Siemens local companies in Latin America


Announces Opening of 
World's Most Ethical Companies
2015 Nomination & Application
Process & Period

Ethisphere has just announced it's 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies Nomination and Application process which has been revised and enhanced from previous years. 

To learn more about nominating or applying for your company, please visit one or more of the following information and links provided by Ethisphere:
Quick links & facts:  All information is confidential.  Each applicant receives a robust scorecard complete with comparative analytics.  There’s a processing feee ranging from $500-$1500.  See FAQ’s for more information.  Once company is nominated they will receive the link to the WME survey and explanation of the process.  


November 6-7, 2014. 
Minneapolis, Minnesota.
17th Annual Farmers Cooperative Conference.
Keynote Speech on
"Global Risk & Reputation Management" 
For more information on this & other events: 

Other Upcoming Events:

“Reputation Risk: Why Companies Need to Care”
November 10, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Ethisphere Webcast with Jacqueline E. Brevard, GEC Risk Advisory & Claire Lewis, SNC Lavalin 
read more

“Reputation Risk, Crisis and Value Transformation”
NYSE Governance Services interviews Andrea Bonime-Blanc for “Inside Compliance” Thought Leadership Video Series Part II. Link will be available on Novermber 15th. 
read more

“Supply Chain Governance, Risk and Compliance in and out of China”
November 17, 2014 Live Webcast Intervention for Hong Kong Meeting of The Conference Board Supply Chain Council with Michael Hickman, Haiwen Partners. . For members only. 
read more

“From Sustainability Risks towards Business Opportunities: Tactics to Integrate Sustainability into Business”
November 18, 2014 15:00 (CET) 9:00 (ET) Live Webcast for CSR Europe.  
read more

Strategic Partner News:

RepRisk AG and GEC Risk Announce Strategic Partnership

ZURICH and NEW YORK -- October 8, 2014 RepRisk, the leading provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, and GEC Risk Advisory, the global governance, risk, integrity and reputation advisory firm, today announced their strategic partnership.

RepRisk and GEC Risk’s first project together is a new The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency, authored by Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO of GEC Risk. The handbook features RepRisk’s proprietary data. 

Dr. Bonime-Blanc, CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory, commented: “Increasingly, business leaders are understanding that sustainable business profitability and success is strongly dependent on maintaining a good corporate reputation which includes understanding and triangulating strategic reputation risk including ESG reputation risks to do so companies must adopt robust measures to build organizational resilience, both in their own operations and vis-a-vis third parties they do business with.”

Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, Head of Business Development & Marketing at RepRisk, added: By providing increased transparency on ESG risks, RepRisk enables clients to make better, more informed decisions that help to avoid reputational, compliance and financial risks. Through their thought leadership and work with clients around the world, GEC Risk helps to transform these risks into value. RepRisk and GEC Risk’s complimentary values and aspirations make this partnership a natural next step.” 

To read the full presss release click here: 

GEC Risk Strategic Partner 
Impact on Integrity
to Hold Global Business Ethics Challenge Interactive Workshops
 in Spain and the UK

GBEC is the acclaimed, gamified, interactive business ethics challenge workshop built on real-world challenges for teams that helps build decision-making skills in a competitive and fun environment. 

For more information on upcoming workshops in Europe, please click here:

Watch this space or visit the GEC Risk website for upcoming GBEC events in North America in 2015: 


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