What is an Ethics & Compliance Officer?

Ethics are the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group. Although ethical behavior should be the foundation of professionalism, we see executives being brought to trial because of their apparent lack of a moral compass.

To help instill a corporate conscience, some companies are naming Ethics & Compliance Officers to integrate their ethics and values initiatives, compliance activities, and business conduct practices into the decision-making processes at all levels of the organization.

In addition to recommending and implementing strategies that reinforce appropriate business conduct, they also assist employees at all levels of the organization to determine the right course of action in difficult situations.

For more information on the role of an Ethics & Compliance Officer, go to the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association web site.