Three low-cost ways to test if your compliance program is REALLY working

Rupert Evill (, is founding director at Ethics Insight in Lewes, England, United Kingdom. Evill is also the author of Bootstrapping Ethics.

It’s easy to get stuck doing busywork. This morning, I caught myself trying to change a bank card on a subscription I won’t renew. Why? Because I’d received an email with legal language warning about the card’s expiry. I was complying without thinking.

Risk and compliance can get like that. We have so many forms, boxes, tracking tools, and so on. All this busywork can distract us from focusing on 20% of our organization’s work activities, creating 80% of risk. But how do we identify where to spend precious time without expensive and exhausting “assessments?”

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