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What role does integrity play in the coronavirus (COVID-19) compliance landscape, and how will it impact business continuity in the aftermath of the crisis?

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Produced in partnership with Emily Lewis and Rubi Palmieri of Fulcrum Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 21/05/2020

The following Risk & Compliance Q&A produced in partnership with Emily Lewis and Rubi Palmieri of Fulcrum Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What role does integrity play in the coronavirus (COVID-19) compliance landscape, and how will it impact business continuity in the aftermath of the crisis?
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What role does integrity play in the coronavirus (COVID-19) compliance landscape, and how will it impact business continuity in the aftermath of the crisis?

This Q&A discusses the role of integrity in the coronavirus (COVID-19) compliance landscape, and how it will impact business continuity and reputation in the aftermath of the crisis. It is part of a series of Q&As, produced in partnership with Emily Lewis and Rubi Palmieri of Fulcrum Chambers, covering various compliance issues for in-house teams during the coronavirus pandemic.

Integrity is an increasingly popular and common-place term in corporate governance, often used interchangeably with the term ‘compliance’, but it is really intended as a more holistic concept embodying the moral principles that underlie ethical business practices.

What does integrity in business comprise, particularly during the current coronavirus crisis? What are the cornerstones of ethical business practice, and how, if at all, have they changed since the crisis began?

These are some of the questions with which companies are currently grappling. While the company values which underscore a well-developed compliance programme will act as a good starting point for this enquiry, companies must also pay close attention to what employees, customers, stakeholders, and the public at large consider to be appropriate corporate behaviour during this period, and how they react to conduct which falls outside of this new ‘moral

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