Dec. 7, 2020

Professor David Hess on Bad Compliance

Professor David Hess on Bad Compliance

What happens when employees have little or no respect for their organization's Compliance Program? It's obviously bad, but how bad? That's what my guest on this episode Professor David Hess has researched. And the answer is 'really bad'; far from it...


What happens when employees have little or no respect for their organization's Compliance Program? It's obviously bad, but how bad? That's what my guest on this episode Professor David Hess has researched. And the answer is 'really bad'; far from it simply being a case of wasted money and effort, it actually increases the likelihood of unethical behaviour. How this happens, and what we can do to prevent it, is what we discuss in this episode. David also shares some of his perspectives on Compliance and how the function can be more effective in delivering its mandate.

David Hess is a Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. His research focuses primarily on the role of the law in ensuring corporate accountability. His publications in this area have analyzed the use of non-financial reporting by corporations; efforts to combat corruption in international business; the link between corruption and business and human rights; and the role of compliance and ethics programs in creating more ethical corporate cultures.

To find out more about David's research visit his website: http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/dwhess/

You can read David's article Chipping Away at Compliance: How Compliance Programs Lose Legitimacy and its Impact on Unethical Behavior here: https://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/bjcfcl/vol14/iss1/4/