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Summer 2017

The role of compliance and ethics in company culture

Written by Frank Ruelas

This article, published in Compliance & Ethics Professional, appears here with permission from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). Contact SCCE at 888.277.4977 with all copy and reprint requests. Searching for something specific look through the archive index.

    • The relationship between compliance and ethics contributes significantly to the overall development of an effective compliance program.
    • There are two subsets of values that are developed within an organization which impact the ethics that are applied to the organization’s compliance program.
    • The interpretation of rules and regulations by those responsible for the management of the organization’s compliance program has a direct relationship to the program’s consistency and stability in how it is implemented.
    • Avoiding a “right versus wrong” philosophy in the evaluation of compliance-related issues helps promote open lines of communication that can contribute to a greater degree of collaboration in reaching mutually agreeable conclusions.
    • Recognizing and understanding the different philosophical perspectives that people have with respect to compliance may help in developing a compliance program that will gain the support of the organization on a broader and larger scale.
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    Ethics Quick Quote














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    NEW! Ethics and Compliance Podcast

    Jane Mitchell on Engaging Middle Management [Podcast]

    This podcast was created and produced by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and is offered here as informational to highlight the importance of developing an ethical institutional culture at all levels within the organization.

    Ethical and effective communications expert, Jane Mitchell and host Kortney Nordrum discuss the importance of engaging middle management, including:

    • Why swimming with sharks may not be a bad thing;
    • Why corporate communication is key for middle managers;
    • Whether middle management is best compared to marzipan or blancmange;
    • Training managers to manage;
    • Why everyone keeps talking about engagement;
    • Reaching the middle and speaking their language;
    • Cultural awareness; and
    • Storytelling for effective communication.

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    Real World: Ethics and Compliance

    The Compass is pleased to bring you ethics and compliance news from around the world. Here we will highlight ethics and compliance failures and successes that serve as reminders to make ethical decisions and to promote a civil and professional teaching, learning and working environment at VCU.


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    Compass Reading Corner

    For contribution to, and continuation of, a supportive and ethical culture.

    The following is not an endorsement of any author, book, idea, or official university statement but merely suggested content identified as potentially interesting for anyone focusing on the power of people in the workplace.

    Already read this? Have a comment or success story related to this book or any past recommended books to share? Share it with us at

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    Policy Program Update

    Policy Program graphic

    The Integrity and Compliance Office can help you with your policy questions, assist you with policy development, and add your policy to the Policy Library.

    Questions and comments can be sent by email to or by calling 828-3982.

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    Kudos to the Following Employees

    Recognition Awards

    VCU has long been committed to meeting the highest standards of service and professional integrity in all business operations. The following employees have been recognized by their colleagues through the Human Resources Recognition Award page for their contribution to a culture of ethics and compliance at VCU.

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