Ten biggest banks scandals have costed £53bn in fines, FT 11 April 2016. Apparently Internal Audit and Compliance teams did not see any of the issues that caused the scandals, neither the financial crisis…Can you imagine the VW Internal Audit team being told that they had style of writing issues as soon as they raised the emissions problem? The way some companies reward an internal auditor or compliance person highlighting serious issues is by campaigning against, raising negative feedback against and putting him/her under huge stress.
Is it really so difficult for senior executives to know what is going on? What is the escalation process? Is there any? If so, how does it work?
There are many cases of wrongdoings in the business and the corporate world.
Internal Audit and Compliance departments are at the forefront of the speak-up and escalation lines and yet, when looking at the scandals, it seems these lines are not very busy.
The Economist 5 March, VW former boss had been handed a memo informing about “inconsistencies in emissions from its diesel cars.” “..it is not known whether he read it as it was included in a batch of extensive weekend mail”
Does anybody know how many people were involved in writing that memo? Does anybody know how many phone calls and meetings there were where the memo was discussed?
…these executives were still paid their high salaries and bonuses,…because they did not know!