Sustainable compliance

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Courtesy of Lexicon Systems, LLC

Regulatory compliance encompasses complex, often interrelated issues. During my 25-year career in environment, health, and safety (EH&S), organizations have typically assigned compliance management to technical experts, lawyers, and public relations people, encouraging these extremely capable specialists to operate in isolation, rather than taking a holistic view of how regulation affects corporate strategy.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Public Law No. 107- 204, 116 Stat. 745) has elevated the role of regulatory compliance, effectively placing corporate governance under a microscope. This law may actually be the catalyst for organizations to bring EH&S into the fold of overall compliance as an integral part of the business. In this column, we consider what compliance is, what is needed to sustain it, and how information technology (IT) can help.

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