The following is an interview I did with the unparalleled Tom Fox – otherwise known as “The Compliance Evangelist.” In the interview, he discusses his new book, “The Complete Compliance Handbook,” available HERE.
Kristy: Hi Tom! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I love The Complete Compliance Handbook. Tell me, why did you decide to write this book?
Tom Fox: For several years, I have wanted to write a definitive, single volume on what constitutes a best practices compliance program. I decided in 2017 to bite the bullet and dedicate the year to writing it. It turned into a journey of discovery as I was able to interview many of the country’s leading compliance practitioners and others to incorporate the most current thinking into the book
The book is a practical guide, not a book with an academic or legal focus. It is designed to be used by all levels and expertise of compliance practitioner, from the long time CCO to the newly minted compliance professional. It has the most current government thinking and commentary on what constitutes a best practices compliance program; incorporating the Justice Department’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs and new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, both of which came in 2017. There is no other book which incorporates this most recent information.
Kristy: How did you organize it?
Tom Fox: The first chapter is, “31-days to a more effective compliance program.” The last chapter is, “One month to more fully operationalizing your compliance program.” In between are 10 chapters which give you specific steps to take within concrete compliance areas: Operationalizing Compliance Through Human Resources, The Role of the Board of Directors and Compliance, 360-Degrees of Communication in Compliance, Better Third-Party Risk Management, Reporting and Investigations, Internal Controls, Innovation in Compliance, Written Standards, More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures and Continuous Improvement
Kristy: That’s great! So how can a reader use the book?