Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Time For Ghana's Private-Sector To Take Corporate Governance Issues A Tad More Seriously?

The  controversy being generated by the allegations concerning payment of import duties on  imported heavy-duty equipment by two of Ibrahim Mahama's businesses raises a number of issues that we should perhaps have national  conversations about too.

The question is: Has the time not come for  Ghana's private-sector - particularly Corporate Ghana  -  to take corporate governance and compliance issues more seriously, and  focus some of their energies on the bedeviling issue of ensuring compliance in companies in our homeland Ghana?

Today, as we speak, just how many of Ghana's leading businesspeople's reputatations will remain intact   if their affairs were subjected to close scrutiny by the system and by the media  - of the kind currently being focused on Ibrahim Mahama? Food for thought.

For example,  what compliance regimes are in place in  the sundry banks set up by tycoons in Ghana - to protect depositors cash from being used to finance the businesses owned by those selfsame tycoons?

We have culled and posted an article by Michael Volkov entilted: "The Importance of a Senior Executive Compliance Committee". We do hope it will make interesting reading for our many readers, particularly our country's innovative younger generation entrepreneurs.

Please read:

"Corruption, Crime & Compliance

The Importance of a Senior Executive Compliance Committee

by Michael Volkov · May 14, 2013

compcomm4People love to give advice – they love to tell people what to do (and hear themselves talk).   In order to be effective, compliance professionals have to be able to “listen.”  That means more than just being polite and paying attention when people speak.  The ability to “listen” means a willingness to consider new ideas, alternative strategies and approaches to compliance issues.

We all know that corporate boards play an all important role in an effective compliance program.  Not as much attention is paid to the operation of senior executive compliance committees.  This is a different animal than the compliance committee at the board level.  A senior executive compliance committee consists of the key senior corporate officers needed to carry out an effective compliance program.

A PWC Compliance Survey conducted last year found that 71 percent of surveyed companies have a senior executive compliance management committee.  But not all committees guarantee success.  Some committees work well and some do not.

The success of a committee depends on the mission, the structure and the processes of the committee.  The mission of a committee is defined by not only its role and responsibilities but whether or not it is empowered by the company to carry out its responsibilities.  The CEO and other senior managers have to commit the mission to the committee and make sure it has the backing of the company’s leadership.coia4

Assuming the senior executive compliance committee has the proper mission and is fully empowered, the membership of the committee is crucial to carry out its mission.  The compliance committee should include: (1) CEO; (2) CCO; (3) CFO; (4) General Counsel; (5) Chief, Internal Auditing; (6) Chief Operating Officer; (7) Human Resources; (8) Information Technology.

With these senior managers, compliance issues can be identified, assessed, and resolved, so long as the company maintains a commitment to compliance and this process.  This structure is essential to an effective compliance and ethics culture.

With a commitment from senior management and the appropriate structure, the senior executive compliance committee has to put in place effective processes to ensure that information is shared among the committee members, issues are identified for analysis and resolution, and business intelligence and plans are shared with key compliance players.

comcomm3Proactive management requires effective processes which elevate the right issues at the right time for the committee to resolve.  Technology has to be leveraged for the committee to succeed.  If technology is a hindrance, then the committee’s operations will be frustrated.

A compliance committee depends on integration of individual processes  into an integrated whole.

A compliance committee’s challenge is to align the right people, processes and technology to view risk across the company, and to ensure that key stakeholders on the committee have the right resources to implement a successful company-wide compliance program."

End of culled article by 

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The Importance of a Senior Executive Compliance Committee

by Michael Volkov · May 14, 2013

compcomm4People love to give advice – they love to tell people what to do (and hear themselves talk).   In order to be effective, compliance professionals have to be able to “listen.”  That means more than just being polite and paying attention when people speak.  The ability to “listen” means a willingness to consider new ideas, alternative strategies and approaches to compliance issues.

We all know that corporate boards play an all important role in an effective compliance program.  Not as much attention is paid to the operation of senior executive compliance committees.  This is a different animal than the compliance committee at the board level.  A senior executive compliance committee consists of the key senior corporate officers needed to carry out an effective compliance program.

A PWC Compliance Survey conducted last year found that 71 percent of surveyed companies have a senior executive compliance management committee.  But not all committees guarantee success.  Some committees work well and some do not.

The success of a committee depends on the mission, the structure and the processes of the committee.  The mission of a committee is defined by not only its role and responsibilities but whether or not it is empowered by the company to carry out its responsibilities.  The CEO and other senior managers have to commit the mission to the committee and make sure it has the backing of the company’s leadership.coia4

Assuming the senior executive compliance committee has the proper mission and is fully empowered, the membership of the committee is crucial to carry out its mission.  The compliance committee should include: (1) CEO; (2) CCO; (3) CFO; (4) General Counsel; (5) Chief, Internal Auditing; (6) Chief Operating Officer; (7) Human Resources; (8) Information Technology.

With these senior managers, compliance issues can be identified, assessed, and resolved, so long as the company maintains a commitment to compliance and this process.  This structure is essential to an effective compliance and ethics culture.

With a commitment from senior management and the appropriate structure, the senior executive compliance committee has to put in place effective processes to ensure that information is shared among the committee members, issues are identified for analysis and resolution, and business intelligence and plans are shared with key compliance players.

comcomm3Proactive management requires effective processes which elevate the right issues at the right time for the committee to resolve.  Technology has to be leveraged for the committee to succeed.  If technology is a hindrance, then the committee’s operations will be frustrated.

A compliance committee depends on integration of individual processes  into an integrated whole.

A compliance committee’s challenge is to align the right people, processes and technology to view risk across the company, and to ensure that key stakeholders on the committee have the right resources to implement a successful company-wide compliance program. of Your Compliance Program"

End of culled article by Michael Volkov.
   
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    The FCPA Blog
    FCPA Compliance and Ethics
    Corporate Compliance Insights
    Law360 White Collar
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