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Compliance can be defined as “the entire set of policies and procedures put in place to ensure that the behaviors and actions of the entire company, from top management to the employees, are in compliance with the legal and ethical standards and regulations that apply to them.” The scope of compliance measures is wide and vary depending on the company’s industry. It mainly includes: abiding by the laws, regulations, and professional standards and practices pertaining to the specific industry; protecting the image and reputation of the company; prevention of corrupt practices, financial crimes (abuse of market power, tax evasion and anti-money laundering) and environmental crimes; preventing conflicts of interest; respecting the rules of competition; respecting good business practices (expense reports, donations, gifts, etc.); protecting personal data; protecting intellectual and industrial property rights; respecting corporate social responsibility and environmental guidelines; acting responsibly towards employees and partners (fair wages and work hours, no child labor, safe working conditions, freedom of association, etc.). Over the past couple of years, certain French companies (Alcatel-Lucent, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Total, Technip, etc.) reached settlement agreements with the American Department of Justice after having been condemned of various fraud and corruption violations. With this threat, we have seen a growing realization amongst the top management of French companies that the Compliance Officer role must be a permanent and professionally organized position. At present, there are already hundreds of people working on Compliance issues in French companies- and not all studied law. Given the range of issues involved, their diversity and their importance, there is a need for specialized training. Companies have already expressed that having a specialized Master 2 program would bring long term benefits and help them better target their recruiting efforts. Concurrently, these same companies voiced the need for a high-level training program at a leading university that employees currently in charge of compliance projects could attend.

This is the goal of this Diplôme d’Université. The objective of this diploma is to educate students on compliance-related topics, including:

  • Understanding legal and ethical standards, internal and international hard and soft laws;
  • Using different management techniques (risk-mapping, implementing and auditing procedures, internal auditing, internal investigations, etc.), IT tools (data science, protecting personal data, etc.) and communication methods (corporate culture,
    crisis management, etc.).

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By the summer of 2017, companies are required to implement anti-corruption and due diligence programs and to share their non-financial reporting. This is due to the range of compliance and ethics related laws that have recently entered into force: the Sapin II anti-corruption law signed on December 9th, 2016, the due diligence law of March 27th, 2017, the European reform of data protection rules of May 4th, 2016 and the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive. These more recent developments are part of a larger international context in which movements such as the OECD’s Update for the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights have already brought these issues to the public. Therefore, the Compliance, Anti-Corruption, Due Diligence and Data Privacy Certificate aims to teach participants:

  • How to map a company’s major risks and subsequently develop a compliance program and report
  • How to facilitate dialogue with the parties involved and best communicate the implications for management and governance
  • Crisis management if a case of non-compliance leads to legal proceedings
  • Turning these new constraints and regulations into opportunities for the company and employees
  • Performing these duties in this new regulatory environment
  • Raising awareness of these new risks throughout the whole company
  • (Avoid simply posting the information as that may lead to higher fines and sanctions)

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