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How to set up an ethics & compliance program?

by Geert Vermeulen

Languages: English, Dutch

Price (from): €900 / day

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About the trainer:

My goal is to help organizations conduct business in an ethical and compliant way. I am an experienced compliance professional, with more than 18 years of compliance experience in various industries. I am experienced in establishing and improving ethics and compliance programs in general and anti-corruption programs in specific. Other specialties include corporate governance, compliance risk assessments, whistleblowing or speak-up procedures, trade sanctions, (third party) due diligence, modern slavery and US legislation and prosecution practices. I have provided training in some 30 countries on virtually all continents. 

I obtained most of my experience in-house. As Global Head of Compliance for Damco, the freight forwarder of the AP Möller-Maersk Group, I was responsible for the compliance activities in 90 countries, focusing mainly on anti-bribery & corruption and trade restrictions. As Chief Compliance Officer Aon EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) I coordinated compliance efforts in some 60 countries, all business units.

Following inquiries from regulators, Aon started its anti-corruption program in 2007. I coordinated this program in the EMEA region from the start. According to the US and UK authorities, Aon developed a best practice model other firms may wish to adopt.

I am the former president of the Netherlands Compliance Officers Associaton (VCO) and founded and still chair the expert group on Financial Economic Crime (FEC). I am also a member of the expert group on culture & behavior of the association, a member of the professional advisory committee of the Compliance Minor at The Hague University and the Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC). Earlier this year I was granted the National Compliance Award. Awesome!


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How to set up an ethics & compliance program? by Geert Vermeulen

About the training

#ethics   #compliance   #governance   #culture   #behavior   #anti-bribery and corruption   #risk assessment   #whistleblowing   #due diligence

In this course, you will learn  how to set up or improve ethics & compliance programs and frameworks. 

This includes conducting compliance risk assessments, launching policies and procedures, communication and training, monitoring, reporting, whistleblowing procedures, incentives & discipline, influencing culture and behavior, leadership and the governance of compliance. This part of the training takes 0,5-2 days. 

In addition we can specify the training to topics like anti-bribery and corruption, trade sanctions and export controls, anti-money laundering, anti-trust, data protection (GDPR) and modern slavery/forced labor/human trafficking. Depending on the number of topics, this part of the training may also take 0,5-3 days. 

The program can be adjusted to the wishes and the industry of the client. 

Learning outcomes


How to influence culture and behavior


The 10 essential elements of an effective ethics & compliance program

Specific Topics

anti-bribery and corruption; trade sanctions and export controls; anti-money laundering; anti-trust; data protection (GDPR); modern slavery/forced labor/human trafficking


  • How to set up an ethics & compliance program

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