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Evaluating Corporate Ethics And Compliance Programs: Lessons From The Trenches

Webinar: ID# 1015638
Recorded CD or On-Demand
About This Course:
U.S. enforcement agencies continue to emphasize the importance of developing and maintaining robust and comprehensive corporate ethics and compliance programs, as evidenced by the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as well as DOJ and SEC guidance documents. In addition, institutional investors and investor watchdog groups regularly monitor the adequacy of corporate compliance programs, often asking whether companies are regularly assessing their programs.

Under this spotlight, corporate counsel of companies of all sizes must help ensure that the effectiveness of their ethics and compliance programs is continuously monitored and assessed, both for the health of the organization and also to minimize the risk of government investigations and penalties. An effective evaluation will help companies reduce the likelihood of future legal and ethical violations, mitigate loss when violations occur, and determine how to focus their compliance resources going forward.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses best practices for corporate counsel, working with their ethics and compliance teams, for evaluating their companies’ corporate ethics and compliance programs, including the development of metrics, implementation of an assessment strategy, and adjustment of future compliance priorities based on assessment findings.

  • Elements of an effective ethics and compliance program
  • Evaluating compliance programs
    • Developing metrics to assess program effectiveness
    • Identifying and addressing weaknesses
    • Re-establishing compliance priorities based on findings
  • Leveraging effective ethics and compliance programs in government investigations

The panel will review these and other key issues:
  • What are the benefits of evaluating your company’s ethics and compliance program?
  • What are the best practices for developing and implementing metrics to measure the effectiveness of compliance programs?
  • What are the best practices for responding to evaluation findings?
  • How to avoid some of the most frequent missteps in program evaluations.
  • How can evaluation findings be used to determine future compliance priorities?
  • How can corporate counsel help companies leverage their effective ethics and compliance programs when facing a government investigation?

Patrick J. Gnazzo, Principal
Better Business Practices, McLean, Va.
Mr. Gnazzo is an accomplished attorney and senior level executive offering more than thirty-five years of professional achievement, with the most recent fifteen years as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for two world class technology-oriented Fortune 500 Corporations. He has expertise in the areas of corporate ethics, compliance and employee reporting programs for domestic and international organizations.

Judith Nocito, Senior Advisor
Compliance Strategists, Pittsburgh
Ms. Nocito specializes exclusively in organizational compliance and ethics solutions for a wide spectrum of private, public, governmental, academic and nonprofit entities. Ms. Nocito is the former Director of Global Compliance for a large Fortune 500 company where she developed, implemented and enhanced critical elements of compliance and ethics programs, working with the businesses and resource units to embed them in all aspects of the company’s operations.

Continuing Education Credits Available

This program has been approved for 2.0 CPE hours through Strafford Publications. CPE Credit is available only for the LIVE webcast. Recorded versions do not qualify for credit.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.


To obtain CPE credit, attendees must participate in the live event, return an Official Record of Attendance to Strafford affirming their participation (including the CPE code announced during the program), and pay a processing fee of $35 per person.

Credit Confirmation

Strafford will mail a certificate of credit within approximately 2 weeks of receiving an attendee's completed Official Record of Attendance—provided all required conditions have been satisfied.


Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you 1 day prior to the event via email from the presenter. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

If you order a recorded version of the webinar, CD's will be mailed out approximately 10 days after the live event. Shipping is included in the price of recorded versions.
Evaluating Corporate Ethics And Compliance Programs: Lessons From The Trenches
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