Aging gracefully: the population balancing act

Achieving population stability – higher growth in some countries, lower in others – is a more important global challenge than longer lives or the mechanics of pension system reform. The “problem” of an ageing population is now discussed not just in rich countries but across the world. But increasing life expectancy is a wonderful development …

Zoonoses: the deadly diseases that animals pass on to us

Diseases passed from animals to humans are on the rise.Why and what should we do to tackle them? Zoonoses are diseases and infections that are naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and man. More than 150 diseases are designated as zoonotic diseases according to the standard work published by the International Office of Epizootics (OIE), among …

Creating ethical cultures in business- Brooke Deterline at TEDxPresidio

So I got an email last week from the conference organizer, it said, “Good news! You’re going after Van Jones.” And I thought, “In whose alternate universe is it a good thing to follow Van?” And then I remembered I’m here to talk about courage – Our ability to act from our hearts in the …

What is Business Ethics?

I’m Kirk Hanson executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. This is one of a series of short videos on the core ideas of ethics and business ethics. This is on what is ethics and what really is business ethics. First of all, ethics in general is the study …

Risk vs. Rewards in Social Media

Here we are in the 21st century.  We monitor our trading, we monitor our friends, we get real time information (or as real time as we can), yet big brother is still trying to hold us back.  Why is it that so many of corporate america can’t seem to catch up to the trends?  Are …

Put Boots on the Ground to Build Relationships

While it was not a formal theme of the Conference, one of the key things that almost every speaker I heard at the SCCE Conference emphasized was that the compliance practitioner had to get out of the office and into the field. Online training is certainly a useful tool for large multi-national organizations but nothing …

The Battle of Hastings and Diversity – How to Integrate It Into Your Compliance Culture

Sunday, October 14th was the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in 1066. In addition to being the last time there was a successful invasion of Britain, several other positive things came from this most historic event for English-speaking people. An article in the Telegraph, entitled “In everything we say, there is an echo of 1066”, writer …

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money – Some Steps Law Firms Should Consider

One of my favorite lawyer songs is the Warren Zevon classic “Lawyers, Guns and Money”. I was reminded of that song when I sat on a panel on Wednesday with Dan Chapman and Mike Volkov, where we discussed recent enforcement actions and due diligence under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dan is the Chief …

A Guide to Good and Bad Business Ethics Examples

Business ethics is a subject which has been with us for a long time, with the 18th century economist Adam Smith noting the dangers of business people getting together and hatching plans to raise prices or otherwise cause damage to the end consumer. Both good and bad business ethics examples can be easily found be …

Social Media Compliance Policy and the FTC

Many companies have internal social media policies. Most of these policies are taken from templates online, and many social media compliance policies tend to be created by corporate counsel. What many don’t realize is that corporate counsel may not be experts in social media law, social media compliance and social media regulation. The policy challenge …