How and Why Leaders Should Create Transparent Cultures

Transparency in an organization can be a critical “early-warning system” for compliance violations and unethical behavior before they metastasize into scandals or regulatory violations that can be costly, if not existentially threatening, to a business. A careful analysis of many, if not most, of the recent corporate scandals shows that, early on, employees voiced concerns about the behavior in question, but no one “listened” effectively to those concerns by taking action. In a guest article, Susan Divers, a senior advisor with LRN Corporation, discusses the most effective way for ethics and compliance leaders to weave a culture of transparency throughout an organization. See “In-House Compliance Experts Provide Practical Insights on Establishing and Maintaining Whistleblower Hotlines” (Aug. 16, 2017).

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