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Does your organization suffer from compliance prejudice?

Ibrahim Yeku (yekuduke@yahoo.com) is a Legal Counsel on secondment to Total E & P Nigeria Limited in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Compliance prejudice is a preconceived opinion or a bias against an organization’s compliance program that is not based on reason or actual experience. Although the word prejudice may suggest an unfair perception of a compliance program, one cannot help but acknowledge the fact that there are instances when prejudice may be founded on certain known facts or experiences. Compliance prejudice is counterproductive, and it’s a major challenge faced by compliance professionals. However, the questions that should be of concern to compliance professional are: What are the causes of the prejudice against the compliance program? What are the likely effects of the prejudice on compliance program implementation? What are the possible ways of dealing with compliance prejudice?

Overcoming the inevitable challenges of compliance prejudice requires an understanding of the answers to the above questions.

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