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At the request of a MAPI Law Council member, both the Law and Ethics and Compliance Councils took part in a quick query on translation services for translating corporate codes of conduct into multiple languages. Twenty-five members responded, with several respondents recommending: TransPerfect (...
Do your peers post their organizations’ hotline numbers on their websites for outsiders to be able to access? Are these numbers posted front and center, or are they in amongst the pages of company codes of conduct? A majority of our 27 Ethics & Compliance members (63%) post this information. As...
MAPI’s Ethics & Compliance Council conducted two brief surveys, both of which addressed the question of number of personnel working on different aspects of compliance.  The first focused not only on how many full-time employees (or approximate full-time equivalents) are assigned to trade...
Intellectual property is the driving force and number one asset of every manufacturing company. It’s why Coke locks its secret recipe in a vault. Why Apple and Samsung pursue multiyear, multimillion-dollar litigation. Why Syria, Russia, and China have legions of cyber-warriors trained to hack into...
Introduction In July 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a significant decision concerning the provision in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that protects whistleblowers who provide information relating to a violation of the U.S....
Brazil Enacts Long-Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation Introduction From August 2011 to January 2013, MAPI published a series of reports examining anti-corruption activity in key global markets: the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), South Africa, and Mexico. The report...
Several recent developments in the courts, Congress, Canada, and the European Union indicate that corporate obligations regarding the use of conflict minerals will likely continue to evolve and broaden. The use of conflict minerals is receiving significant global attention, similar to chemicals...
Here are the highlights of a short survey our Council has conducted on company policies with respect to share repurchase programs. The majority of those participating have a repurchasing program. Of those who have active programs, 77 percent use the 10b-5 plan to buy shares during closed windows...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the UK is positively infatuated with the United States. Two years ago, the UK essentially copied U.S. anti-corruption laws by adopting the UK Bribery Act—a British version of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)—to criminalize corporate corruption...
The world was stunned recently by the death of a soccer official at the hands of a 17-year-old goalie. One single unsportsmanlike act created a cascade of devastation with two lives lost, and families and teams reeling in its wake. Companies face similar risks every day—not necessarily death—but...

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