A Unique Spin on Ethics and Compliance Training

Ethics and compliance training must be tailored to the unique risks faced by an organization and its various departments.

Posted by Joe Gerard in Corruption, Ethics, Ethics & Compliance on September 20th, 2010

I am constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions to ethics and compliance training. Ethics and compliance training must be tailored to the unique risks faced by an organization and its various departments. Each department within an organization is subject to different ethics and compliance risks due to the nature of their daily tasks, so take this into consideration when developing your training program.  Training must be kept up-to-date, as ethics and compliance risks are constantly changing.

How does an ethics and compliance department take a creative approach to a not so creative subject?
Creative ethics and compliance training programs provide organizations with an endless number of benefits. When executed properly, ethics and compliance training will have a positive effect on your organizational culture, overall performance levels will increase and employee decision making will be improved. So, how does an ethics and compliance department take a creative approach to a not so creative subject?

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Fun isn’t usually associated with ethics and compliance training- but, it doesn’t have to be that way. Our “exhibit booth neighbours” at the SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute have developed a solution to your problem. Compliance Cartoons is a company that focuses on taking the boringness out of compliance and ethics training, infusing your program with a fun, interactive way to get your messages across to your employees.

The cartoons are custom designed to address specific issues faced by your organization. Whether it’s harassment, discrimination, privacy, sexual harassment, workplace safety, diversity, antitrust or conflict of interest, Diane and Dan from Compliance Cartoons have you covered. You can even submit images of your Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, or other members of the ethics and compliance management team, to be transformed into a cartoon, making them the star of the show.

The solution offered by Compliance Cartoons reminds me of the best practices example I previously provided about Cisco System’s Ethics Idol. Compliance Cartoons works with you to integrate your company’s policies and wording into the cartoons to ensure consistency throughout your ethics and compliance program. Employee interaction is encouraged, as cartoons feature Q & A sections, mini case studies and other employee engagement tools to make training fun. Here’s an image from a sample cartoon for employee hotline training:


Joe Gerard
Joe Gerard

CEO, i-Sight

Spend my days showing off the i-Sight investigative case management software and finding ways to help clients improve their investigations. Usually working with corporate security, HR & employee relations, compliance and legal teams.

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