Obama Administration May Bring Behaviorist Approach to Business Ethics and Compliance

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In the first edition of the CCI Interview Series, compliance and ethics expert Jeffrey M. Kaplan discusses the potential C&E impacts of the Obama Administration's focus on behaviorial economics.

Corporate Compliance Insights has a launched a new regular featured called the CCI Interview Series. The first participant in the CCI Interview Series was compliance expert Jeffrey M. Kaplan, a partner at Kaplan & Walker LLP in Princeton, NJ, whose interview was published on the site yesterday.

The interview is entitled "Jeffrey Kaplan on the Behaviorist Approach to Business Ethics and Compliance" and was conducted by CCI founder and Maurice Gilbert, also the Managing Director of Conselium.

In the interview, Jeffrey Kaplan discusses several viewpoints regarding how the compliance and ethics landscape could be altered as a result of the Obama Administration's policies and some of President Obama's appointments in the Justice Department. One prominent change in C&E programs could come from a renewed focus on Behavioral Economic Theory.

A few of the key points made by Mr. Kaplan are:

  • There are likely to be stronger enforcements across the board for C&E issues. Now is the time for C&E programs to be in place in order to safeguard your organization.
  • The significance for the C&E community of the appointments of Attorney General, Eric Holder, and Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
  • How Behavioral Economics applies to C&E and the potentially positive results from looking at C&E with a behaviorist approach.

The first edition of the CCI Interview Series, "Jeffrey Kaplan on the Behaviorist Approach to Business Ethics and Compliance" can be viewed at the following link:


About Jeffrey Kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan, a partner in the Princeton, New Jersey office of Kaplan & Walker LLP has practiced law in the compliance and ethics field since the early 1990's. Mr. Kaplan is also Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at NYU's Stern School of Business, co-editor (with Joseph Murphy) of Compliance Programs and the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines (West Thomson), chair of the legal advisory board of SAI Global's Compliance Division, former Counsel to the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, and co-author of a forthcoming study by the Conference Board on the use of compliance and ethics program criteria in government enforcement decisions.

About Corporate Compliance Insights

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