Welcome to Episode 5 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. In this episode, we focus on typical concepts (or probably myths) of ways a Compliance professional might become a more valuable member of the management team rather than becoming most hated person in the organization. We will do it in plain language and in the simple game form. Moreover, to make the podcast handy and more appealing we attach respective illustration from the Compliance Man illustrated series, created by Timur Khasanov-Batirov.
For those of our listeners who are not aware about our format, in each podcast, we take two typical concepts or more accurately misconceptions from in-house compliance reality. We check out if these concepts work at emerging jurisdictions. For each podcast, we divide roles with Timur, a practitioner who focuses on embedding compliance programs at high-risk markets. One of us will advocate the concept identifying pros. The second compliance man will provide arguments finding cons and trying to convince audience that that we face a pure myth. As a result, we hopefully will be able to come up with some practical solutions for in-house compliance practitioners.
Tom Fox: To start with, Tim, probably we should explain to our listeners why we called our today’s episode ‘You Really Like Me’?
Tim Khasanov-Batirov: We call today’s episode “You Really Like Me!” remembering Sally Field’s gushing acceptance speech at Oscar ceremony. The funny thing is that sometimes even in-house Compliance people have a strong wish to exclaim after her something like: “I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it—and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”
Tom Fox: OK, Tim, let’s see if this is possible in reality or would remain just a dream of Compliance officers globally.
Myth #1 There is a chance that Compliance officer could avoid being named the most hated person in the organization. Tim, do you agree with this statement?
Tim Khasanov-Batirov: Let’s try. I think we have some pros here:
A Compliance professional can avoid being the most hated person if personnel along with top management understand the role of Compliance function in the organization. Unless a Compliance professional delivers a clear message about risks he or she manages and value they bring, they are dependent on subjective views of other team members. We have depicted this situation in the attached release of Compliance Man illustrated series.
You might think about setting KPIs based on respective regulatory requirements referring for instance to 10 Hallmarks of the Effective Compliance Program or the Evalution of Corporate Compliance Programs. This will allow you to set criteria, which could be used for unbiased and verifiable evaluation of your efforts.
Tom Fox: I think, Tim that there are some cons here as well:
As we know, there is no way people will like a Compliance officer all the time. Subject to particular situation or position, the Compliance professional’s managers might change their minds. So we should not have illusion of being most loved person constantly.
There is a big risk if Compliance person becomes too friendly with the employees and becomes co-opted by the business folks. This could lead to losing impartiality. Therefore, there is a very thin line between being business-oriented ethics professional and attempts just to ‘get likes’ from management.
Tim Khasanov-Batirov: Tom, I agree with you.
Tom Fox: Let’s go, Tim. We can formulate the next concept or maybe misconception in the following way:
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