Section 1

Understanding the Basics

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Get Started with Compliance Fundamentals

From creating a top-notch code of conduct to understanding the role compliance plays in your organization, this is the place to learn the core elements of an effective compliance program.

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Each compliance program is unique with disparate risks and various levels of maturity. Although there are a number of nuances determined by your company’s size, industry and location, there are still basic principles that are best practices across the board. In this section you’ll learn about the key skills every compliance professional should have as well as the general knowledge base effective compliance professional have and harness throughout their careers.

Just as there are key skills every modern compliance professional should possess, there are fundamental elements every effective compliance program should practice. This section will introduce you to those key components of a robust compliance program and provide the guidance you need to move your career and program to its next level of sophistication. 

"Why Is It So Hard to Write a Good Code of Conduct?" | 90-Second Expert Advice

Specific traits make a great code of conduct an effective document. Loading it with too much material can detract from its effectiveness. Learn more about what differentiates a good code of conduct from a great one with advice from our expert. 

Our 90-Second Expert Advice series provides straight-forward answers to questions you have. Do you have a question for the Compliance Next team of experts? Ask us now!


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I found Ed's explanation of the difference between a code of conduct versus company policy interesting. I've always thought of them being the same thing. However, based off the explanation he provided, the code of conduct is a general reference while policy information gives in depth details, especially legal information regarding different things in the code of conduct. For example, the company code of conduct details various situation where an employee may miss work. However, the policy expands on the requirements based on legal information an employee could be covered for certain time away from work situations.

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March 28, 2017, 9:08 a.m. LaShonda Tate LaShonda Tate

Great advice - I believe Jeff Srulovitz @ Mondelez has done a great job of following Ed's advice. As we begin the process of re-writing our Code, we are taking Ed's advice to heart and to keep the SMEs focused on expressing our risk tolerance vs guidance, we are sharing the request via a template with a locked word count.

Aug. 10, 2018, 5:45 a.m. Jerry Kral Jerry Kral