One of the conventional wisdoms about compliance training is that you will never be able to reach 5% of your workforce with compliance training because they are predisposed to lie, cheat and steal anyway. Whether they are simply sociopaths, scumbags or just bad people; it really does not matter. No amount of training is going to convince them to follow the rules, as they do not think such laws apply to them. They will lie, cheat and steal no matter what industry they are in and what training you provide to them. But knowing such people exist and they may be able to lie, con or otherwise dissimilate their way into your organization does not protect your company from FCPA liability when they inevitably violate the law by engaging in bribery and corruption. It is still the responsibility of your company to prevent and detect such conduct and then remediate if it occurs.
This is where your HR function has a dual role, with both their traditional hiring role and in a compliance function. They can work to help weed out such miscreants and to communicate your corporate values of doing business ethically, in compliance and aligned with your corporate values of integrity.
Through a structured series of questions, however, a properly trained HR professional can begin to assess whether an employee might have a propensity to engage in bribery and corruption. By adding information about your company’s values towards doing business ethically and in compliance, you can introduce this topic at either the interview evaluating process or in the promotion process. While true sociopaths will most certainly lie to you, perhaps even convincingly, by introducing the topic at such a pre-employment stage, they may be encouraged to take their skills elsewhere
Three key takeaways:
- Use the interview process to determine who will be an ethical and compliance fit for your organization.
- Consider the skill, will and fit approach.
- Ask open-ended questions.