Joe Murphy is the Director of Public Policy at the Society of Corporate Compliance of Ethics (SCCE) and Editor in Chief of Compliance and Ethics Professional, SCCE’s magazine. Murphy is the co-founder of Integrity Interactive, an online compliance training firm acquired by SAI Global in 2013. Murphy has over 35 years of compliance experience, including designing a compliance program for a global telecommunications company. He is the author of 501 Ideas for Your Compliance & Ethics Program and co-author of Building a Career in Compliance and Ethics. Murphy is the recipient of Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCA’s) 2005 Compliance Person of the Year Award and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). Murphy co-authored the HCCA and SCCE Codes of Ethics.
CIPE’s Laura Van Voorhees discusses with Joe Murphy low-cost compliance measures for emerging markets.
- Why did you decide to write A Compliance & Ethics Program on a Dollar a Day?
I had heard someone say one time too many that “the smaller companies just weren’t able to afford compliance programs.” I knew from my own experience that this was ridiculous, and I thought writing a paper showing how inexpensive it could be would address this. The truth for any company, large or small, is that money doesn’t do it. If a company wants to act ethically and legally it takes something even harder to get than money; it takes real management commitment. And that is not a matter of dollars and cents, but a matter of taking this seriously.
The paper has turned out to be popular; in fact, SCCE has had it translated into 6 other languages besides English.
- Smaller businesses sometimes hesitate to implement compliance programs because they believe that they are expensive. How do you respond to their concerns?