Afternoon Breakout Session 1 | Fostering an Effective “Speak Up” Culture at the Company

The term “whistleblower” tends to make company executives shudder, but internal reporting does not have to give rise to that level of concern. Especially if an organization has developed a culture where raising one’s hand is in the interest of the company rather than in opposition to it. How can executive management and the compliance office build such a culture, one that does not fear retaliation and is confident that if they speak up, someone will actually listen and take action? Just about any company will tell you it’s a challenge to overcome these concerns, while also addressing varying regulation and policy, but this panel will offer tips on building a culture where reporting can only help, rather than hurt, the company.

Edward T. Ellis, Co-Chair, Whistleblowing and Corporate Ethics Practice Group, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Meredith Kaufman, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Thomas Pfennig, Head of Compliance, Bayer AG
Nancy Reynolds, Senior Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer, Western Union