Over the past several decades, enforcement authorities and multilateral development agencies have increased their focus on investigating and prosecuting fraud and corruption in a variety of industries. Corporations are required to develop comprehensive ethics and compliance programs to adhere to an assortment of federal, state, and foreign laws and regulations to minimize risk and avoid legal repercussions and reputational damage. In the current climate, multinational corporations have created dedicated ethics and compliance teams led and staffed by well-trained professionals, who design, implement, and oversee measures that seek to prevent, detect, and respond to violations of the myriad laws and regulations as well as industry and ethical standards. Compliance and ethics has become a critical issue to C-suite officers, boards of directors, and enforcement authorities.
As a result, compliance professionals with the right training, experience, and skills are in high demand. Compliance and ethics has emerged as its own field meriting focus in higher education and affording meaningful opportunities for academic research and scholarship. Temple University Beasley School of Law’s Center for Compliance and Ethics was established in 2015 to address these trends.
The Center for Compliance and Ethics aspires to lead the dialogues between the private and public sectors, including regulators, scholars, and professionals, that are designed to advance effective, proactive, and sustainable approaches to compliance challenges. Such dialogues set the foundation and create a shared vision for appropriate and nuanced policy goals in accordance with broader public concerns.
The Center also develops and promotes interdisciplinary academic research and thought leadership to define the goals and challenges of compliance as a discipline. Cognizant of the difficulties in closing the gap between theory and practice, the Center invites researchers and industry leaders to participate in the collaborative process of cultivating the field of compliance.
Lastly, the Center develops and teaches innovative curricula and educational programs for students and professionals in various fields who are interested in a career in compliance and ethics, domestically and internationally.