The Working Group (WG) Leadership was launched at the Leadership Event on 22 April 2015 in Basel. It focuses on the challenges to leadership in attaining the right „tone from the top“ and in communicating and establishing a compliance culture and the managerial skills increasingly required of those who lead or work in a compliance function.
Gabe Shawn Varges and Roman Mazzotta are co-chairing the WG which serves as a platform for discussion and exchange among ECS members and addresses chief compliance officers as well as others who work on organisational corporate culture, change and the motivation of managers and employees.
Ethics training in the #MeToo era
The #MeToo movement underscores how ethics and compliance training is evolving. More information
EU: 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive published
The EU Commission proposed the revised AMLD in July 2016 as part of its Action Plan against terrorism announced in […]
Measuring the Impact of Ethics and Compliance Programs, Global Business Ethics Survey June 2018
Released four times per year, GBES is a comprehensive, cross-cultural survey of workplace behavior. More information
Managing contracts in an evolving regulatory world
In a June 27 Compliance Week webinar, compliance and legal executives shared what effective strategies they have developed within their […]
Update on the European Product Liability Directive
The European Commission has determined that the Product Liability Directive, which has been in place for over 30 years, is […]
Iran nuclear deal: EU, France, Germany, UK and Iran meet to discuss way forward
EU High Representative Mogherini met with the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Iran to discuss the […]
The Relationship between the Board of Directors and the Compliance and Ethics Officer
The relationship between the compliance and ethics officer and the board of directors is both essential and often under developed. […]
Risk-!n conference on 31 May / 1 June 2018 in Basel
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ECS Annual General Meeting, 9 March 2018
The ECS Annual General Meeting of Members took place on March 9 2018 in the traditional ambiance of the guild […]
Zurich, 1 September 2017. Lively Discussions at ECS Roundtable on Takeovers and Compliance
The ECS Leadership Working Group held its third annual end-of-summer roundtable on September 1, 2017 in Zurich. An interactive event, the focus this year was on the challenges on compliance functions and leadership when a Swiss company comes into foreign hands. More than 20 participants from over 15 companies – including from organizations that had first-hand experience with foreign takeovers – contributed to the stimulating discussion, sharing their personal experiences and opinions on the compliance-related impact that mergers and takeovers can have on a company, its culture, and its employees, including those in Compliance. The discussion was led by ECS Board member Gabe Shawn Varges and was also attended by the other co-Chair of the ECS Leadership Working Group, Roman Mazzotta of Syngenta.
Participants shared various means for coping with these challenges, including early and more transparent discussions with employees. There was also discussion on the pluses and minuses of a long-transition period for the merged companies to gradually integrate, versus the GE model of having a very rapid integration, including on compliance values. One bottom line: whether or not the merger involves a foreign country or foreign culture, takeovers are always a challenge and can impact the work of the compliance function. On the other hand, it can also add new possibilities for more effective compliance if the right strategies are followed. The event was capped by a networking drink in a nearby locale.
This year’s roundtable was again oversubscribed. If you’d like to attend next year’s event, mark it already on your calendar! It will be on Friday August 31, 2018. To reserve a spot, write to email@example.com, indicating your name, title, and company.
Zurich, 2 September 2016. The ECS Working Group on Leadership met at the second annual End of Summer Roundtable in Zurich. Focused on the ethics of leadership, the roundtable allowed for interactive discussion on challenging ethical and leadership issues, particularly where the tone-at-the top is weak. The “step-up” role of the Chief Compliance Officer was discussed as well as the intensified cultural efforts that are needed to deal with such situations. Moderated by ECS Board member, Gabe Shawn Varges, and with a special contribution by Eva Häuselmann, the event was followed by more discussion over a networking cocktail reception.
Zurich, 25 August 2015.
Stimulating discussions at the ECS “End of Summer” Roundtable in Zurich.
Basel, 22 April 2015.
Syngenta Chairman Michel Demaré speaks at the ECS Leadership Event
Basel, 17 March 2015.
ECS Leadership Event on 22 April 2015 in Basel