Two roles, multiple benefits
There are many benefits to a formal ethics and compliance program, says Marie-Claude: “Not only are they good for building public trust, but they also help bring corporate policies to life and support the thinking process. They put the tools for good decision-making in the hands of the people who need them.”
In her industry, ethics and compliance are often separate from legal affairs. And they are often overseen directly by senior management. This gives them the required degree of independence to see the big picture and deliver added value to these programs.
What does Marie-Claude hope to see in the long run? “I’d love it if companies no longer needed ethics and compliance staff because everyone across the organization had an innate understanding of corporate rules and values and automatically abided by them.”
However, given the complexity of modern-day regulatory requirements, the changes in the social and legal frameworks, the non-stop influx of new workers and the public’s expectations of today’s businesses, high-level expertise in ethics and compliance, and jobs in the fields, will be in demand for some time yet.
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