Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics – Definition

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Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Definition

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) is a not-for-profit member-based association that supports and encourages compliance to ethics of profession. SCCE achieves this through educational programs, networking opportunities, provision of resources and publications.

SCCE was founded in the 2000s with over 5,500 members and its membership strength is still expanding. This association serves its membership through the provision of resources for ethics and compliance professionals from diverse industries.  SSCE also has an online social network with the strength of about 14,000 registered users. Aside from educational programs and networkings for its members, SCCE also help people who wish to become compliances professionals and certifies ethics personnel.

A Little More on What is the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics

SCCE was established to provide resources in terms of symposiums, conference, networking and other educational programs for ethics and compliance professionals from various industries. In November 2002, Corporate Responsibility: Compliance & Ethics Programs was the first national symposium that was held, it was sponsored by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and Microsoft  Corporation and it had 100 people in attendance.

A second Symposium on Corporate Compliance and Ethics was in 2003 and it had over 250 attendees with reputable and professional keynote speakers. However, the attendees of SCCE’s annual symposium have significantly increased with over 1500 attendees annually.

Trainings, conferences and lectures on corporate compliance and professional ethics are held at regular intervals by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). Aside from trainings and lectures the society owes its members certain obligations such as regular publications on challenges faced by compliance professional in organizing and managing ethics events.

Members of SSCE enjoy periodic access to documents including government memorandum and white papers. The society also organizes lectures or releases publications on sensitive discussions such as sexual harassment, export control, bribery, foreign corrupt practises and many more.

Both members and non-members of SSCE can sit for a Compliance Certification Board (CCB) exams at Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) to be certified as a professional. Aside from CCB, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics also added Compliance and Ethics Professional Certification (CCEP) to its certification. According to SCCE record, over 1,200 people have the certification of CCEP.

In order to create principles, rules of conduct and guidelines to the society, SCCE adopted a code of professional ethics. The Code of Professional Ethics for Compliance and Ethics Professionals was adopted by SCCE in August 29, 2007. This code of professional ethics is to guide the performance of CEP’s (Compliance and Ethics Professionals) responsibilities. This code of professional ethics contains standards and professional conducts expect from compliance professionals.

References for Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Academic Research on Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics

•    The domains of corporate counsel in an era of compliance, Bird, R. C., & Park, S. K. (2016). American Business Law Journal, 53(2), 203-249.

•    Corporate compliance and its implications to IT professionals, Gudivada, V. N., & Nandigam, J. (2009, April). In Information Technology: New Generations, 2009. ITNG’09. Sixth International Conference on (pp. 725-729). IEEE.

•    Using incentives in your compliance and ethics program, Murphy, J. E. (2011). United States: Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

•    The privatization of compliance, Killingsworth, S. (2014). •    Compliance officers: more jobs, more responsibility, more liability, Martin, S. L. (2015). Notre Dame JL Ethics & Pub. Pol’y, 29, 169.

•    The role of anti-cartel compliance programs in preventing cartel behavior, Murphy, J., & Kolasky, W. (2011). Antitrust, 26, 61.

•    Corporate Governance in an Era of Compliance, Griffith, S. J. (2015). Wm. & Mary L. Rev., 57, 2075.

•    Creating a culture of compliance: Why departmentalization may not be the answer, DeStefano, M. (2013). Hastings Bus. LJ, 10, 71.

•    The Chief Compliance Officer vs. the General Counsel: Friend or Foe?, Tabuena, J. (2006). Compliance & Ethics Magazine.

•    Commentary on the OECD Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance, Murphy, J., & Boehme, D. (2012). Rutgers JL & Pub. Pol’y, 9, 581.

•    Business ethics competencies: KSAOS for business ethics practitioners, Cramm, D. S. (2012). (Doctoral dissertation, University of Southern Queensland).


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