NAVEX Global and ECI Work to Enhance Ethics & Compliance Program Assessment Standards and Effectiveness

NAVEX Global to be First Participant in ECI’s New High-Quality Program (HQP) Partners Program

PORTLAND, Ore. & VIENNA, Va.--()--NAVEX Global®, the leader in integrated risk and compliance management software, and The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), the global non-profit organization that empowers organizations to build and sustain cultures of integrity, today announced a partnership to enhance organizations’ ability to assess and measure the maturity and effectiveness of ethics, risk and compliance programs.

ECI has led the effort for organizations to identify and adopt high-quality ethics and compliance programs (HQPs) for many years. Experience has shown that organizations that implement higher-quality ethics and compliance (E&C) programs can significantly boost organizational integrity. Ethics and compliance professionals need a consistent and unbiased means of assessing and measuring program maturity and quality. ECI worked with ethics and compliance professionals to develop a high-quality program methodology, principles and assessment tool to meet this need. The HQP Assessment enables organizations to gauge their progress toward establishing an HQP. NAVEX Global has worked closely with ECI for many years and shares a commitment to the use of data and metrics to inform how programs can be strengthened.

To further the awareness and adoption of the assessment tool, ECI has created the HQP Partners Program. NAVEX Global is the first partner in ECI’s HQP Partner program. Through this partnership, NAVEX Global will provide the assessment tool to its customers to help advise them on how to progress and implement and grow their E&C programs beyond the minimum legal requirements.

“Without a clear understanding of where their risk and compliance programs are today, organizations cannot make the meaningful changes needed to improve going forward,” said Carrie Penman, NAVEX Global Chief Risk & Compliance Officer. “We believe strong ethics and compliance programs can transform corporate cultures and turn good organizations into exceptional ones. This transformation starts with understanding how a program performs now, identifying gaps, then planning for improvement.”

“Since 2015, ethics and compliance professionals and other thought leaders in our industry have worked together to identify metrics for a high-quality ethics & compliance program,” said Patricia J. Harned, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ECI. “NAVEX Global is a global leader and provides solutions that are of great help to their customers. We are pleased to premiere our new HQP Partners Program with NAVEX Global and look forward to continue and grow this partnership and the overall program.”

As part of this partnership, NAVEX Global will provide a high-level snapshot assessment of program maturity based on ECI’s established HQP principles—strategy, risk management, culture, speaking up and accountability. NAVEX Global will offer this snapshot assessment tool and report free-of-charge to select, qualified customers and prospects.

Click here for more information on how to access NAVEX Global’s introductory HQP Assessment Tool.

About ECI

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative is composed of two nonprofit organizations; the Ethics Research Center and the Ethics & Compliance Association, which together pursue a mission to empower organizations to build high-quality ethics and compliance programs. Founded in 1922, ECI is widely recognized as a leading independent research organization with regard to organizational culture, values, and strategies to reduce reputational risk.


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Jillian Young


Jillian Young