Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, in this week’s fire and ice edition:

  1. Former VW Engineer Oliver Schmidt sentenced to 7 years in jail for his role in the VW emssions-testing scandal. See article by Dick Cassin in the FCPA Blog.
  2. U.K.’s Financial Regulatory Council is proposing changes to the governance code in the areas of corporate culture, diversity and sustainable long-term growth. Mara Lamos Stein reports in the WSJ Risk and Compliance Journal.
  3. Transparency International criticizes uses of it Corruption Perceptions Index. Henry Cutter reports in the WSJ Risk and Compliance Journal.
  4. Caterpillar Unit Cheated Customers, Tossed Evidence Into Ocean to Hide It. See article by James Hagerty and James Tita in the WSJ.
  5. Matthew Stephenson asks if it is time to amend US domestic bribery statutes, in light of the US Supreme Court decision in McDonnell in the Global Anti-corruption Blog.
  6. Adam Turteltaub visits with Andy Hinton the CCO at Google on the SCCE podcast, Compliance Perspectives.
  7. Roy Snell and Kristy Grant-Hart share 10 ways to get involved with the SCCE, on the SCCE blog.
  8. The SEC’s Whistleblower’s program is alive and well with three awards in the past week. See articles in the Anti-Corruption Digest and the FCPA Blog.
  9. Join Tom’s monthly podcast series on One Month to a More Effective Compliance Program. In December, I consider discuss the use of written standards in a best practices compliance program. It is available on the FCPA Compliance Report, iTunes, Libsyn, YouTube and JDSupra.