After several years of depressing headlines on workplace ethics, it would be easy to give up on this subject.

But Pat Harned, CEO of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), thinks there is room for some (qualified) optimism. Though there is also a lot of work left to do!

And Pat would know. She regularly advises senior leaders of global corporations on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.

She also meets with the US Department of Justice and testifies before Congress.  Perhaps that’s why Pat was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics’.  

In today’s episode, Pat shares how culture trumps compliance and the key to reducing corporate risk.  She explains how ECI empowers organizations to build and sustain high-quality ethics and compliance programs. 

And Pat is particularly excited about ECI’s High Quality Program (HQP) Framework Assessment.  The HQP Assessment represents a break-through in the ethics & compliance (E&C) industry. Although the need for E&C programs has been around since the late 1970’s, until ECI released the HQP Assessment there has not be a definitive way to measure program quality and maturity.

HQP was developed as a holistic approach toward continuous program improvement. HQP is the first definitive measure of E&C program quality and maturity. HQP can set a baseline for ongoing program measurement. HQP model provides a practical, structured approach to E&C program development.

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