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Compliance culture – What is the challenge?


Compliance culture, especially in financial services, is a really important element that can impact on the wider cultural challenges that a firm could face.....More

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How important is company culture?


What is company culture and why does it matter so much?

What does being a member of ICA do for you as a compliance professional?


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Will an ICA qualification get me a job?


One of the most frequently asked questions is ‘will an ICA qualification get me a job?’. This hardly comes as a surprise.

Be a learn-it-all


CEO Satya Nadella made the news last year when he revealed the secret of improved culture at Microsoft over the last few years has been down to the embracing of a learn-it-all culture.....More

Defining an EU FinTech strategy – where are we now?


Technological innovation is ceaselessly impacting on many key sectors of our lives, and the financial industry is not immune to it. European institutions are aware that technology-enabled and technology-supported financial services (FinTech) represents a great opportunity for the financial industry.

FATF Mutual Evaluation – United States


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released this month their first Mutual Evaluation of the United States since 2006.....More

Culture still a priority for FCA despite abandoned review


The year began with the FCA coming under heavy criticism for suspending its thematic review into banking culture. However, the regulator recently reaffirmed in its Business Plan for 2016/17 that firms’ culture and governance is one of the seven priority themes around which it will organize core activities for the coming year.

Regulating culture


In a recent speech at the New York Federal Reserve, Barclays Chairman Sir David Walker argued that: “Regulators cannot and should not try to regulate culture, which is a matter for the individual entity”.....More

Responsibility and accountability... more than words


The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards was set up to look into professional standards and culture within the UK banking sector. Its recent report – "Changing Banking for Good" – puts forward several recommendations.

Compliance, parenting and playtime


When I’m not editing inCOMPLIANCE (ICA's quarterly journal for members) I spend a fair amount of my spare time watching small children terrorize each other in playgrounds, not because I particularly enjoy doing so, but because as the father of a three-year-old it comes with the territory.....More

A Day in the Life of a Compliance Officer


Anyone who works in financial services compliance will support me when I say that no two days are the same. The role is diverse, interesting and challenging and should easily tap into your skill set quickly and increase your knowledge day by day.

A tale of two cultures: Ethics and Compliance


Am I alone in being fed up with hearing the words `culture`, `tone at the top` after each headline associated with a new banking or corporate scandal? Have corporate environments really lost their moral compass?....More

Drugs, cycling, and the financial sector...


I’ve been keeping half an eye on the Lance Armstrong doping case that’s rocked the world of cycling and finding it hard to ignore some of the similarities it bears to the various crises and scandals that have hit the financial sector.

Corporate governance: an ever expanding need for compliance to play its part


Having worked in the financial services industry for over 13 years I can see that risk, compliance and internal audit play a fundamental part in good governance. However in many organisations these functions are split, do not interact and all cite their reasons for remaining independent.....More

The Adoboli trial will shine a light on controls and culture at UBS


It’s early days in the Kweku Adoboli trial, which started last week, but it looks as though the outcome (and its broader fallout on UBS and the banking sector) will hinge to a large extent on how much of a “rogue” Adoboli is.

What is the difference between compliance and audit?


One question that I have often been asked during my compliance career, and that comes up quite regularly in workshops is “what exactly is the difference between compliance and audit?”....More

C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E - an acronym for compliance professionals


As compliance professionals we all strive to save our businesses from the expense and reputational damage that comes with regulatory censure, but how do we get our businesses to understand and buy in to the value that we add to their bottom line?

What is a 'Compliance Culture' and, more importantly, how do you achieve it?


The term ‘Compliance Culture’ is used a great deal in discussing how to achieve effective regulatory compliance, particularly by compliance training organisations! However, if you do not define what you mean by this phrase then how are you going to take the appropriate steps to achieve it?....More

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