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A culture of integrity

Mary Shirley (mary.shirley@fmc-na.com) is Senior Director, Ethics & Compliance for Fresenius Medical Care North America in Waltham, MA.

There is general consensus that companies with compliance programs strive for a culture of integrity. What does that look like? An environment in which people conduct business tasks in a way that is morally and ethically sound. They don’t subscribe to a “win at all costs” philosophy. They make decisions because they’re the right thing to do, not necessarily because they’ll enrich the employee. Despite the fact we tend to agree that having a culture of integrity is a positive attribute, actually cultivating that culture can be more difficult.

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