Compliance is on everyone’s lips, but what does it mean in the everyday practice for every single employee?
For the warehouse clerk who looks the other way when something “drops from a truck”, the accountant who generously posts a weekend with company for the head of the department under the “miscellaneous” item, or for the proxy who spends a short holiday with the head of the building authority to accelerate the construction of a new hall. No handling of personal data in conformity to the law as where do all the job applications end up? No crisis management in case of a disaster or no training of responsible persons on handling of dangerous substances. The cleaning staff also belongs to this! Precise control of the areas of work safety, fire protection, environment protection and security is indispensable as these are areas where risk of injury and death is involved. And medially reported injuries or fatalities due to omission or gross negligence will bring your reputation to the absolute bottom.
These few examples show how far responsibility is dispersed.
Whether this is an attempt on personal enrichment, wrongly understood loyalty towards the superior or the company, or simply ignorance, it can entail serious civil-law and/or penal consequences for the company management and all the involved parties. Cases of open or hidden corruption of public authorities can even lead to impounding of the company with confiscation of all its assets.
Our daily seminar Awerness advises the employees of allowed and prohibited behaviour and keeps them from violation of rules of any kind. Ethical principles and understanding of common responsibility are also mediated through interactive dialogues so that at the end of the day everybody knows exactly how to behave in future. This also holds good for the management who must naturally exemplify this culture with their own actions.
The existing legislation of various countries of the EC considers such a seminar as an absolute necessity. It indispensably belongs to a functional Compliance system and together with the risk analysis it is perceived as the basis for such a system.
Our experience with this seminar and the feedback of the employees are hundred percent positive. The clarifications and interpretations of the frequently difficult to understand rules and regulations of the everyday practice have been highly appreciated.