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Insight : GOVERNANCE, RISK AND COMPLIANCE

GOVERNANCE, RISK AND COMPLIANCE

Are compliance officers good board material?


Outside of our profession, a common frame of reference for compliance is the historical context of enforcing rules and regulations....More

How global compliance works at the local level


This insight article will consider what global compliance looks like at a local level. It will also examine how different regions understand and adapt definitions of compliance to their own purposes, and the consequences of this for businesses.

Take part in ICA's sanctions risk survey


Share your input into a short survey about your organisation’s approach to sanctions control....More

Can a compliance team change a culture?


Compliance teams need to think and act more holistically, strategically and embrace innovation – to ‘design in’ rather than ‘bolt on.’ It’s vital they play their part in unlocking synergy and adopt a mindset that values reflection.

Why curiosity is important for compliance professionals


Curiosity is not often seen as an attractive trait: as the saying goes ‘curiosity killed the cat’. But for compliance professionals, I would argue that it is a key skill we need to improve both personally and professionally, and in order to protect our firms from risk.....More

Sanctions are constantly changing. Here’s what firms can do.


Over the last five years, there has been a significant shift in the sanctions world, from traditional jurisdictional and list-based sanctions to those that are more nuanced and thematic.

ESG and compliance: No time to waste


As ESG disputes against financial institutions heat up, financial institutions must improve their governance, risk management processes, policies and disclosures.....More

Compliance lessons from the Archegos meltdown


There are plenty of unanswered questions following the recent meltdown of family office Archegos Capital Management—and plenty of compliance lessons to be learned.

Is compliance staying the same in a rapidly changing digital world?


In a rapidly changing digital world, thinking around compliance needs reframing. The question today is whether compliance can keep up in world moving faster than any had thought possible....More

ICA's Monthly News Chat: episode 1


We are pleased to announce the launch of ICA’s Monthly News Chat, a brief and informative video series, providing a rundown of key topics trending that month.

Bonuses and bias: the risks of variable pay for compliance professionals


When a compliance professional perceives their pay package may be reduced as a result of their actions, there is a risk of biased decisions....More

Anti-corruption developments in 2020: China, India make strides


A global panel of experts with law firm Gibson Dunn share insights around recent anti-corruption developments in some of the world’s largest regions, including China, India, Latin America, and Africa.

Identity Fraud Report 2020


In this report, Onfido analyses data from its roster of global clients to understand where current and future risk lies....More

Compliance training – the real value and benefit to the modern compliance professional


What is the real value and benefit of training to the modern compliance professional?

UK sanctions – under new management


The UK has completed the process of leaving the European Union. This article is a follow up to a previous piece where the complicated relationship between sanctions and the UK’s transition from the EU was assessed. Here we will look at the reality of post-transition UK sanctions and the new sanctions landscape in the UK.....More

Breaking barriers: Advancing diversity and inclusion in the compliance world


As a global organisation, we understand that diversity and inclusion is different around the world - the challenges faced by different groups vary significantly.

Compliance, bias and illogical decision-making


Most people understand and accept that human decision-making is tainted by bias. But what is less well-understood is how these human biases can creep into technology intended to streamline, improve or make fairer decisions made by machines.....More

The role of HR in driving diversity and inclusion


What is the role of the HR function in driving D&I, and the importance of compliance management in overseeing changes in organisational behaviour and practices?

The complicated relationship between sanctions and the UK transition period


As the UK leaves the EU there are some areas of legislation that will diverge from one another, sanctions is one of these. The UK adheres to both UN and EU legislation and once it leaves the EU framework it will be responsible for it’s own fate. With the transition period coming to an end, this piece will look at how the UK is preparing to strike its own path and the complexities involved in future relationships with the EU and other countries.....More

[E-book] Machine learning for governance


How security, risk management, compliance, and audit professionals can start using this evolving technology in everyday activities

Ask a CCO: Compliance’s role in D&I efforts


We asked nine prominent chief compliance officers what they can do or are doing to create a more progressive workplace.....More

What compliance can do to advance diversity and inclusion efforts


Experts offer best practices on how to ensure your D&I policies, training, and resources are sufficient at this social and cultural inflection point.

3 tips on how to design financial crime training with impact


To change perceptions on training, a culture shift is needed to demonstrate to employees that training can not only be engaging but actually useful, enhancing their ability to carry out their role. How do you get employees to embrace training and, more importantly, use the knowledge and skills from this training in their daily roles?....More

Managing modern data sources to drive compliance


As remote work suddenly became commonplace during COVID-19, an existing information challenge was greatly magnified: how to record online data sources that are difficult to monitor and manage.

[E-book] Better practices for compliance management


This free to download e-book by Galvanize explains how technology can improve your regulatory and policy compliance....More

AI is here and compliance needs to respond


Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are set to pose a unique challenge to the future workplace, including the compliance profession. How should compliance respond to such innovation?

COVID-19 fraud: The forgotten fraud risk


Job loss, financial difficulties, health concerns and change of personal circumstances are some of the by-products of the current pandemic affecting the public.....More

Shifting sands: The Changing Landscape in Compliance Training


Today, more than ever before, compliance professionals must contend with myriad challenges including rapid digitisation, technological disruption, fast-moving regulatory change, and new forms of risk. As a result, their capabilities are coming under increased scrutiny, with many asking the question: how does the skillset of the modern compliance professional need to evolve for the function to be successful?

5 tips when moving from the second line of defence to the first line


The three lines of defence model is an important way of managing risk within a business. If you're working in the second line and have recently moved to the first line, you could find this a daunting experience.....More

3 weaknesses that led to Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal


1MDB, the financial scandal linked to prominent figures in Malaysia, is under investigation in a number of countries, and those alleged to have committed crimes are slowly being brought to justice.

Women in compliance


On International Women’s Day, we caught up with Angelia Lee, Sandra Horma and Alice Chen, who were on a 'women in compliance' panel at the 2nd Annual APAC Conference last year. They share their great insights, experiences and advice for other women in the compliance industry.....More

4 ways to increase the effectiveness of sanctions


Sanctions are a really useful tool in global politics, but they aren’t perfect. This insight article explores four ways that sanctions could be improved and made even more effective in their design and implementation.

How strong are your CAMELS?


The Basel Committee of the Bank for International Settlements recommends the CAMELS rating system as an early warning mechanism for the assessment of the overall soundness of banks.....More

The art of listening: How communication cultivates compliance


The role of the compliance officer has changed. Typical compliance responsibilities – interpreting regulations and legislation, creating policies and advising various business areas of their compliance requirements – remain fundamental, but as compliance develops so do the requirements for a compliance officer.

2020 will be uncertain and unpredictable. Here’s what compliance can do


Facebook’s tough few years symbolises the danger of underestimating risk. Compliance professionals can learn from the company’s mistakes to protect their own firms in an unpredictable environment in 2020.....More

Inside the Mind of the Chief Compliance Officer


The compliance career path has never been a straight line. It’s not like medicine, for example, where you know early on you’re going to be spending a lot of time and money learning to become a doctor. And once you become one, you spend the rest of your working days practising medicine.

ICO draft guidance helps UK firms clarify AI choices


The UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has issued guidance to help organisations explain their use of — and reliance on — artificial intelligence (AI) in decision making and how such technology might impact the public.....More

Dun & Bradstreet E-Book: Third-Party Risk Management


Download your free copy of Dun & Bradstreet's latest e-book ‘Busting The Myths That Make Third-Party Risk Management More Painful’ published in association with ICA

The compliance response to the SRA’s updated regulations


Compliance professionals employed in SRA-authorised law firms should be busy preparing to support their colleagues to make a safe and appropriate transition.....More

Vulnerable Customers: The new hot topic


‘Vulnerable Customers’ is not a topic you can avoid if you are a compliance professional in the retail sector. While the UK may be leading in the implementation of new requirements, many other jurisdictions are incorporating or considering the principles involved. These principles are pretty much incontrovertible and so there is inevitable pressure and momentum behind development of this area.

A new study reveals whistleblowing arrangements in UK and European companies


Fresh legislative initiatives and large scandals are thrusting whistleblowing on to the corporate agenda. However, how companies approach internal whistleblowing arrangements varies significantly across Europe. This is according to the Whistleblowing Report 2019 published by the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in Switzerland and EQS Group.....More

Compliance culture – What is the challenge?


Compliance culture, especially in financial services, is a really important element that can impact on the wider cultural challenges that a firm could face.

How many languages does a financial crime professional need to speak?


Virtual currencies, cybercrime and Trumponomics, to name just a few, present interesting dilemmas: to what extent should we be conversant in these areas in order to fully understand the financial crime risks associated with them?....More

10 year challenge – Middle East and North Africa


Ten years ago, the Middle East was a different place to the one that we see today. You only have to look at a picture of the Dubai skyline in 2008 and compare it to the current one to appreciate the aesthetic changes that have taken place. But it has not only changed aesthetically: the regulatory progress in the region’s financial sector has been equally discernable.

Corruption Perceptions Index – do movements in the middle also reflect the regulatory environment?


The new Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has been released and you can see the results here. The Index is used in many financial crime models and is a highly regarded tool for geographic risk insight.....More

10 ways to instil a culture of compliance


Despite significant investment in compliance, we still see incidents where things go wrong. In many cases the root cause is the wrong culture and values. How do you drive the right culture across your organisation? How do you ensure everyone is accountable for compliance matters? Below we provide some tips to help support a successful compliance ‘change programme’.

Governance in Japan: Going, going, Ghosn


Carlos Ghosn has his own comic book, The True Story of Carlos Ghosn. It ran as a strip in the manga Big Comic Superior in Japan in 2001, before being published as a book the following year. In a country obsessed with comic books, Ghosn having his own should give you an idea of the reverence in which he is held for reviving the ailing carmaker Nissan after his arrival in 1999.....More

Meet an ICA Member: Muhammad Rizwan Khan


Who are our members and what can we learn from them?

How to make third-party risk management less painful


Collecting all the information required to manage your compliance programme is not only time consuming but can be costly. So, how exactly do we propose to make this less painful?....More

The fundamentals of integrity


Integrity is hard to pin down. We know that some people have it and some people don’t, but in terms of one’s character, true integrity, particularly in adults, is fixed.

How important is company culture?


What is company culture and why does it matter so much?....More

The skills and attributes of a compliance officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in compliance? If you currently work in compliance, have you considered how your own skills measure up?

SMCR Extension – What do I need to know?


You could be forgiven for thinking that the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) is old news – been there, done that, move on to the next thing. This could well be the case if you work in the banking sector, but for the rest of the financial services fraternity it is most definitely up there on the ‘things to do’ list.....More

How many languages does a financial crime professional need to speak?


It seems not a day goes by at the moment without some mention of Bitcoin, cybercrime, political machinations, Brexit, global instability or the drivers of radicalisation, amongst other things. On top of this, there are even TV dramas about most of these subjects.

The Department of Mysteries (or What is the Compliance Department actually doing?)


It struck me that the compliance department has certain parallels with the Ministry of Magic from J.K. Rowling´s Harry Potter series. Both are often misunderstood, mysterious, ‘secretly’ structured but at the same time necessary and important.....More

Money Laundering – the Pakistan Lottery Typology


Hooray! I’m a winner! I won £412,000 on the Pakistan Prize Bond Draw. And I didn’t just win it once. I won it 123 times. Yes – you read that correctly. I won it 123 times. Fancy that eh? What an incredible run of luck. Now pause, if you haven’t already. That’s as likely as winning the UK National Lottery jackpot 40 weeks running…

Sweden: a world leader for transparency


Openness and transparency are considered as “vital parts of Swedish democracy” and all those principles of freedom are reflected in some fundamental laws which govern the Swedish constitution.....More

UN Democracy Day: Latin America’s growing intolerance of corruption


Since 2008, the UN has held its day in honour and promotion of democracy on 15 September. For a cluster of nations across Latin America, this is a date that holds a special reverence, marking their independence from colonial rule: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica all celebrate their independence day on 15 September (with Mexico’s the following day, and Chile’s three days later).

UN Democracy Day: Latin America’s growing intolerance of corruption


Since 2008, the UN has held its day in honour and promotion of democracy on 15 September. For a cluster of nations across Latin America, this is a date that holds a special reverence, marking their independence from colonial rule: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica all celebrate their independence day on 15 September (with Mexico’s the following day, and Chile’s three days later).....More

Defining an EU FinTech strategy – where are we now?


Technological innovation is ceaselessly impacting on many key sectors of our lives, and the financial industry is not immune to it. European institutions are aware that technology-enabled and technology-supported financial services (FinTech) represents a great opportunity for the financial industry.

What makes a great compliance officer?


It’s not just a question of following a rule book, compliance officers need to be able to strike a good balance between commerciality and compliance.....More

Regulatory framework for distributed ledger technology planned in Gibraltar


Distributed ledger technology (DLT) – of which blockchain is one particular type – is a decentralised database. This means that instead of records being held by one trusted entity that is the true source of the information (which is how many databases operate at the moment in the form of a ‘centralised ledger’), a group of peers maintain a shared database. Therefore, the consensus of the group is the record: there is no single trusted source.

FA Cup Special: the 4-3-3 lines of defence


This weekend sees the annual English FA Cup Final. It’s been previously reported that this football match can attract half a billion viewers from across the world. Chelsea won the English Premier League this season. This was widely lauded as being down to a switch to a 3-5-3 formation in the early autumn. Arsenal have often utilized 4-3-3 formation. The ‘3 lines’ seems to dovetail rather nicely with the ‘3 lines of defence’ mode (3LOD), which is widely used in regulated firms to provide a systematic approach to risk management. Let’s explore that a bit further so we can draw out the similarities.....More

Effective Ethics – how to support an anti-corruption compliance culture in Europe


Panama, Brazil, Afghanistan, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Angola, South Africa. Examples of corruption cases abound beyond the limits of European geography. A cursory look at the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index shows plenty of low-ranking jurisdictions, many situated at a substantial distance from continental Europe. Does this mean that European companies, executives, regulators and prosecutors can sit back, head early for the beaches of the Mediterranean this summer and leave their international counterparts to manage these anti-corruption risks far from Madrid, Paris, Rome and other EU capitals? Clearly, the answer is ‘no’.

Why We Say Yes


Why would someone well educated and well compensated risk their own liberty to pay a bribe? Richard Bistrong covers the reasons why we say yes.......More

FIFA: The Beautiful Game?


Fifa, football's world governing body responsible for promoting and protecting the sport, has done more damage to the reputation of the game than any other organisation or individual.

The importance of transparency and challenging a collusive culture


Listen to Sally Scutt, ICA Strategic Advisor interview Annabel Reoch, UK Head Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption, KPMG about the importance of transparency and challenging a collusive culture.....More

Corruption: Perception and reality


ICT compares results from the World Economic Forum publishes annual corruption index and Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in this Prezi presentation.

How did we get here – an ABC of Anti Bribery and Corruption


There is a good chance that corruption is a subject of both personal and professional concern to you. If that is the case, it is a sentiment you share with individuals the world over.....More

De-risking and the U.S. effect


In a recent ICA article, we addressed the issue of de-risking and in particular the effect this is having in the Caribbean. The article referred to the fact that the United States are mostly responsible for the de-risking drive, and I want to highlight some of the indicators of this and also to look at why the U.S. are taking this approach.

Skills and attributes of a compliance officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in compliance? If you currently work in compliance, have you considered how your own skills measure up?....More

Volkswagen fraud: US issue $4.3 billion fine


We examine the case of automotive giant Volkswagen, the most recent household name to be hit by US authorities for breaching laws and regulations.

Modern Slavery Act: compliance for businesses operating in the UK


Modern slavery is a global issue that takes many guises and has the capacity to impact on businesses across many industry sectors.....More

Top FCA Fines of 2016 Infographic


We break down combined fines of nearly £18 million issued by the Financial Conduct Authority to five top offenders in 2016.

Reviewed: 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index


Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index was released this week, so we've taken a look at the more notable movements in this year's report.....More

FATF Mutual Evaluation – United States


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released this month their first Mutual Evaluation of the United States since 2006.

Brazilian firms receive largest ever foreign bribery fines


Odebrecht and Braskem, two Brazilian companies, have been fined at least US$3.5 billion after pleading guilty to bribing government officials.....More

Financial regulation in the US: an uncertain future?


The President-elect of the United States is a man on more familiar ground on Wall Street than in Washington DC, and yet Donald Trump will surely be focusing his attention on the banks when he moves into the White House in January.

No Double Dutch in sight! Corporate Governance and Anti-Bribery Standards in the Netherlands


The Netherlands has a long history of navigating the world and trading with other countries. Trade creates wealth and is a vehicle to spread new knowledge and best practices. But trade also raises tremendous risks, especially in regions outside Western Europe and the United States.....More

Gibraltar and Brexit – Rock and a Hard Place?


Brexit has been a huge story all year, and will continue to be so throughout 2017 as Article 50 is triggered. Living and working here in the UK, I’m constantly bombarded with opinions telling me what the potential impact of leaving the EU could have on me and my family’s future. But what about the UK overseas territories? Gibraltar, for example, which, from memory, was the first region to declare their results from the EU referendum on June 23rd - voted an overwhelming 96% for the ‘Remain’ side. What are the implications of the overall result for this unique part of the UK?

Cyprus’s economic crisis: why effective GRC is essential


Numerous reasons have been cited for Cyprus’s economic collapse, but one of the most enduring has been the charge of weak corporate governance in Cypriot banks. The demise of the now defunct Laiki Bank, previously the second biggest bank on the island, is indicative of the weak Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) framework that existed across Cypriot financial and governmental institutions.....More

Greece: Could effective GRC have prevented the economic crisis?


Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) have been shown to be interconnected concepts. Applied effectively in a business, they can reduce costs, cut inefficiency and improve communication throughout an organisation; GRC can help ensure a businesses’ goals and objectives are better defined, the company structure improved and regulations properly adhered to. Indeed, strong GRC lays the foundations for potential company growth.

Sweden: A World Leader for Transparency


Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce freedom of the press as a constitutional right in 1766. This long tradition included the principle of freedom of information, giving both the general public and the mass media access to public records.....More

Our top seven Switzerland blogs on money laundering, terrorist financing and beneficial ownership


A round-up of our insight about money laundering, terrorist financing and beneficial ownership in Switzerland.

Germany: Trusting Third Parties


German companies have developed a complex supply chain integrated by thousands of third parties, subsidiaries and agents worldwide. As the strategic importance – and Compliance risks - of third parties increases, companies have to mitigate business risks while building trust in their partners.....More

Germany: Trusting Third Parties


German companies have developed a complex supply chain integrated by thousands of third parties, subsidiaries and agents worldwide . As the strategic importance – and Compliance risks - of third parties increases, companies have to mitigate business risks while building trust in their partners.

Corruption: perception and reality in Ireland


Corruption can be defined as ‘Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power’ and usually falls into three main categories: grand corruption, petty corruption and political corruption, which the anti-corruption campaign organisation Transparency International defines more specifically.....More

Infographic: ICA Open Day - 13 September 2016


Still wondering whether to come to the ICA Open Day (or one of the local sessions)? Then have a look at our infographic for a few compelling reasons to register your place this year...

Switzerland: Tone from the Top of the Alps


A high percentage of Switzerland's surface is covered by the Alps. The melting of glaciers, located at the top of the mountains, generates flows of clean – and essential - water for a wide range of ecosystems downstream. This natural geological phenomenon helps us to illustrate the importance of the commitment from the Board of Directors and Senior Management to implement compliance across all hierarchical levels in Swiss companies.....More

The FCA Annual Report: taking a closer look


Here in the UK, after weeks of blanket media coverage around Brexit, a change of Prime Minister and the legal complexities involved in the Labour leadership election, we could be forgiven for wanting a change of subject matter. So the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Annual Report for 2015/16 could provide a welcome respite for financial services professionals, though it’s not exactly what you might call light reading.

Corruption: perception and reality in the Netherlands


Corruption can be defined as ‘Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power’ and usually falls into three main categories: grand corruption, petty corruption and political corruption, which the anti-corruption campaign organisation Transparency International defines more specifically.....More

Tone from the top: back in the spotlight


Ethics is high on corporate agendas these days. The financial crisis of almost a decade ago has had far-reaching implications, not least in encouraging the leaders of companies in all sectors to take a long, hard look at how their organisations do business and whether they are doing it in the right way.

Leicester City FC – A benchmark of good culture?


I, along with almost everyone in the country (save, perhaps, for a small section of North London), have probably been celebrating Leicester City’s Premier League success alongside the good people of Leicester. It’s one of those events that come around every now and again, which allows us all to jump on board the ‘feel-good express.’....More

Culture still a priority for FCA despite abandoned review


The year began with the FCA coming under heavy criticism for suspending its thematic review into banking culture. However, the regulator recently reaffirmed in its Business Plan for 2016/17 that firms’ culture and governance is one of the seven priority themes around which it will organize core activities for the coming year.

Compliance: votes from the Spanish jury


Enforcement remains one of the unknown quantities following Spain's long-awaited Compliance reform in mid-2015.....More

Cumplimiento: los votos del jurado español


Tras la esperada reforma sobre cumplimiento en España de mediados de 2015, su aplicación sigue siendo una de las grandes incógnitas.

Transforming whistleblowing culture for the long term remains a challenge


Since the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) replaced the Financial Services Authority there has been a short run, but dramatic, trend in the UK towards greater whistleblowing activity. 2014 saw 1,367 complaints reported to the FCA, an increase of 44% on 2013 and of 142% on 2012. However, in 2015 reported complaints declined by a fifth compared with 2014, according to law firm Pinsent Masons.....More

International Women’s Day 2016: What’s it got to do with governance, risk and compliance?


How equal are women? According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), not very. It released the startling estimate that we will have to wait until 2095 to close the gender gap. The UN has pledged to tackle this and want to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Vulnerable Customers and Conduct Risk


The Telegraph wrote an article this week entitled “Banks ordered to treat vulnerable customers with empathy”, which looked at a problem that exists in banking where vulnerable customers are still being treated poorly.....More

Corruption in Sport – Lessons Learnt


2015 proved a busy year for corruption scandals in sport, arrests and resignations of FIFA officials and allegations of cover ups of doping in athletics have shocked many. So maybe 2016 will offer some respite to weary folks? Not so far.

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