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Different worlds: Corporate governance and the ethics and compliance officer

Geert Vermeulen ( is CEO at ECMC in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ethics & compliance officers (E&COs) and corporate governance systems share a common goal, namely to ensure that the company is well managed and that company scandals are prevented. Moreover, the way the governance of an organization is structured is essential for the effectiveness of the E&CO. Therefore, I am surprised and also slightly bothered that the E&CO is not mentioned anywhere in corporate governance codes. This needs to change.

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