Combating Corruption: GCs Aim to Establish Global Ethics Codes

Online Exclusive: New British Bribery Act Raises the Stakes for General Counsel

Parsons Corp.: Trust but Verify

Parsons Corp. is one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies with 12,000 employees throughout the U.S. and the Middle East and projects in 25 countries. So it is perhaps not surprising that the company would look for a systematic way to determine whether its ethics program was succeeding in getting the word out.

Ford Motor Co.: Top-Notch Tone

David Leitch, general counsel for Ford Motor Co., believes there is one single factor that distinguishes companies that are leaders in global ethics from those that just have an
ethics code.

Kraft Foods: Food for Thought

Like other general counsel, Marc Firestone grapples with the complexities of establishing and maintaining ethical standards across a global enterprise.

Schneider Electric: Holding the Line

Emerging markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are at the bottom of Transparency International's 2010 Corruption Perception Index (see "Charting Corruption"). And that's where Schneider Electric generates 34 percent of its revenue and is rapidly acquiring new assets. Couple that with the fact that much of the business comes from state-owned utilities whose management could be considered public officials under the FCPA and you can see why the company's global general counsel, Peter Wexler, worries about bribery and other corruption issues.

Jones Lang LaSalle: Holistic Approach

Jones Lang LaSalle employs 37,000 people in 60 countries. But geographic distribution isn't the only hurdle the property management company faces in maintaining an ethical culture. Many employees work at properties that belong to the company's clients, and their functions range from office cleaning to real estate investment banking.

FEI Co.: Speaking Their Language

Bradley Thies has found that the key to an effective global ethics program is avoiding the temptation to be U.S.-centric. So even with limited resources in the small legal department of FEI, a scientific-instruments company with a worldwide market, the general counsel goes to great pains to make sure his effort is truly global.

Daiichi Sankyo US: Connecting the Dots

As deputy general counsel of the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese-based pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, Matthew Allegrucci faces the dual challenge of communicating ethics policy to 3,000 U.S. employees while also trying to spread the message to colleagues in decentralized legal departments around the world.


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