Organizational Integrity Group Blog

Solving the Whole Problem™

Too often people argue as though they are in front of a judge, or some other cosmic arbiter of correctness, rather than asking ourselves what might move our opponent. In this edition of OIG Shorts, the Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Organizational Integrity Group explains that to increase our chances of moving our opponent, we need to recalibrate our goals, rethink our strategy, and reframe the discussion.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: The Science of Persuasion

Investigations are stressful for an organization’s leadership. But what is often overlooked is that they are stressful for an organization’s employees as well. The need-to-know nature of internal investigations usually restricts knowledge of the investigation’s character, scope, and potential consequences to a relatively small circle of senior management. But the employees who fall within the scope of the investigation will often know little about what’s going on, which can generate anxiety, impair morale, and create tensions in the workplace, further leading to negative repercussions for the organization that persist long after the investigation has been closed.
Continue Reading The Close-Out Debrief

In the 10th edition of the “OIG Shorts” series, Sheppard Mullin’s Organizational Integrity Group continues its exploration of a number of complex compliance matters with a discussion on Setting the Table for Good Decision-Making: And Making Sure the Chief Legal Officer Has a Seat at It. This post discusses why it’s important that Chief Legal Officers and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officers have meaningful, real-time involvement in the key legal, organizational, reputational, and business discussions/decisions of their companies, as well as direct access to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: A Seat at the Table

This month, Sheppard Mullin’s Organizational Integrity Group continued its exploration of a number of complex compliance matters as part of their “OIG Shorts” series with a discussion on Understanding the Various Layers of a Targeted Compliance Program. This post discusses the importance of a targeted, multi-layered compliance program focused at individual deals, sales, contracts, etc. – as distinguished from the equally important company-wide E&C program previously discussed.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Understanding the Various Layers of a Targeted Compliance Program

On February 22, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new nation-wide policy to incentivize companies to self-report criminal activity. Among the cited benefits of self-reporting are discounts on fines and non-prosecution agreements. This new policy arrives on the heels of the “Monaco Memo,” issued in September 2022 by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, which directed each prosecutorial DOJ component to review its policies on corporate voluntary self-disclosures and update to reflect the guidance’s core principles. The policy also is in addition to guidance from Attorney General Merrick Garland, who in December 2022 emphasized prosecutorial leniency
Continue Reading Corporate Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Criminal Activity: More of the Same or a Real Sea Change?

Over the past few months, the OIG shorts series focused on structuring and implementing a comprehensive and effective ethics and compliance program. Many times, this requires a mindset shift from a checking-the-box mentality to a wholistic approach in which everyone feels they have an important role to play. Nowhere is this more apropos than in the area of cybersecurity including developing a data security strategy and maintaining an effective incident response plan.
Continue Reading Ethics & Compliance: Let’s Talk About Cybersecurity

This blog was originally published in Law360.

On November 18, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila sentenced Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes to over 11 years in prison for fraud. Judge Davila, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, said the harsh sentence was justified because investors in Silicon Valley startup companies should be able to expect to take “risks free from fraud.” In explaining his sentence, Judge Davila painted a vivid picture of a culture of fraud inside Theranos, driven by Ms. Holmes’s “hubris” and “loss of a moral compass.”[1] From
Continue Reading When Organizational Culture Goes Wrong: A Federal Judge’s Vivid Description of Cultural Decay Inside Theranos

There is a compliance obligation that is sometimes honored in the breach: regular compliance self‐assessments. In this edition of OIG Shorts, the Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Organizational Integrity Group explains why such self-assessments are valuable and the reasons to make a timely self-assessment part of your organization’s New Year’s resolutions.

Click here to read more.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Compliance Self-Assessments

Many business leaders still view Ethics & Compliance as a cost center rather than a cost reducer. This thinking can create quite the hurdle for CECOs looking to secure a meaningful E&C budget. In this edition of OIG Shorts, the Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Organizational Integrity Group offers up some ammo to CECOs for their internal budgeting discussions.

Click here to read more.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Ethics & Compliance Program Funding

Previous installments of OIG Shorts addressed practical approaches to creating a more effective Ethics & Compliance program. The sixth installment of OIG Shorts focuses on the importance of measuring the efficacy of the program.

Click here to read more.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Measuring The Efficacy Of Your Ethics & Compliance Program  

In our decades working with complex organizations on their Ethics & Compliance (E&C) programs, my colleagues and I have seen a wide variety of structures. While we readily concede there is no one way to structure an E&C program, we have come to believe there are a few traits common to the best programs. Our fourth installment of OIG Shorts reviews traits common to the best programs.

Click here to read more.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Structure Matters

Welcome to our third installment of OIG Shorts. Ethics & Compliance programs that buck up against an employee’s reality—whether that reality is real or perceived—have less chance of succeeding. In this third edition of our OIG Shorts series, we explore the importance of developing what we call Reality-Based E&C Programs.

Click here to read more.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Reality Based Ethics & Compliance Programs

Welcome back to our second installment of OIG Shorts. In this post, the Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Organizational Integrity Group focuses on the difference between Checking Boxes and Solving Problems from an Ethics & Compliance (E&C) perspective.

Click here to read more.
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Everyone Benefits When An Ethics & Compliance Program Is Integrated Throughout An Organization

Over the course of the next few months, the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group will be exploring a number of complex compliance matters in a series we call “OIG Shorts.”
Continue Reading Organizational Integrity Shorts: Everyone Benefits When An Ethics & Compliance Program Is Integrated Throughout An Organization