ECOA Inaugural Investitures & Africa Responsibility Awards (ARA) Recognizing Africa’s finest and responsible leaders
About ECOA - Africa
The Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), is a professional membership association and research institution with a focus on enhancing an organization’s compliance to the highest standards of ethics in the governance of their dealings. ECOA aims to encourage through advisement and consultation, to build and sustain a system that is proven to increase integrity in respective organizations’ mandate. The association is also for individuals who are responsible for their company’s ethics, compliance, and business conduct programs. Dedicated to building trust and corporate integrity in Africa, we help leaders create strong ethical workplace cultures and successful businesses that do the right thing.
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As part of our mandate to institutionalize a strong culture of ethical compliance across sectors, organizations, government department, and community groups in Africa, we will annually identify, verify, assess and recognize individuals, organizations, and public servants that have distinguished themselves as persons or organizations with exemplary ethical practice. This is aimed and encouraging others to change and challenging the status quo to change. All awards are mainly based upon, verification of the recipient’s ethical compliance in their respective sectors and activities.
Compliance is the process by which organisations identify and meet their strategic obligations whether arising in law, standards, codes or from stakeholder expectations. Focusing on legal obligations in isolation results in a minimalist and narrow approach, which cannot leverage an organisation’s ability to efficiently manage all aspects of compliance risk
It is imperative that firms not only maintain their procedures and practices, but their employees are also up-to- date with all regulatory and legislative developments.
Most organizations face increased ethics & compliance exposure, expanded global remits, but constrained resources. We help ensure those resources are used where they’re needed most by benchmarking the ethics & compliance program, and then comparing implementation across affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, portfolio companies and/or third-parties.