15 Oct 2013

Evolution of a Global Profession – The Compliance Officer’s Journey

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Evolution of a Global Profession – The Compliance Officer’s Journey

DONNA BOEHME- Keynote Speech to Compliance Week Europe
October 15, 2013 Brussels

Good Morning! And many thanks to Matt and Compliance Week for the kind invitation to chat with you today.

When I see a group of this size convened for a compliance conference in Europe, I’m heartened and impressed. That’s because I’m reminded that it was only a short time ago (relatively speaking) that the compliance profession was actually born. When Matt contacted me about this conference I consulted my notes and saw that in 2005 I spoke here in Brussels at an Association of Corporate Counsel general meeting on the topic of compliance and ethics leader network of 135+ senior business leaders that was rolling out the Code to all 100,000 employees on the ground at BP, and that included our ships sailing in the Mediterranean. It was considered groundbreaking at the time. Fast forward to 2013, and I’m pleased to tell you that my colleagues and I recently completed a benchmarking study for a client on this exact topic which reviews the features of approximately 20 diversely constructed leader networks across a broad spectrum of jurisdictions, many of which were located here in Europe. So that’s a great deal of progress in just 8 years. . . .

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