Ethics & Compliance – What the Heck Are We Doing!?!?

Apr 17, 2023

In this episode of Creativity and Compliance, Ronnie goes off on a rant about how ethics & compliance focuses on the wrong things. It's all about Culture, Culture, Culture!


Tom Fox

Ronnie Feldmen


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About This Episode

In this episode of Creativity and Compliance, Ronnie goes off on a rant about how ethics & compliance focuses on the wrong things.

  • The vast majority of E&C spending goes towards things that don’t actually solve the problem.
  • Most time and resources are spent on policies & procedures, standards & controls, monitoring & auditing, investigations and measurement. All important, but mostly don’t impact behaviors. Its about CYA.
  • Most training focuses on pushing policies and tracking that employees passed a test. It’s typically done so poorly that it negatively impacts behavior because they think you don’t care.
  • The goal should be to prevent employees from doing bad things or helping employees to do the right thing. This means we should be focusing on things that affect behavior.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


  • The main influences on behavior are the social environment and leadership environment.
  • To impact the social environment:
    • Promote the support system of people, policies and resources.
    • Increase frequency of these promotions in short, bite-sized increments.
    • Make sure these communications and burst learnings are interesting and entertaining so you can get more airtime and exposure and avoid message fatigue.
  • To impact the leadership environment:
    • Train leaders more frequently about their additional responsibilities.
    • Pre-package short trainings and discussions that help leaders deliver this information on your behalf.
  • We need to create a psychologically safe environment so that the employees feel supported. If they feel supported and trust in a sense of organizational justice, they are more likely to speak up to ask questions and report problems when they occur.
  • Let’s try and actually solve the problem and spend our time and resources on the things that impact behaviors.


  • It’s all about CULTURE, CULTURE, CULTURE! 

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