For many years, organizations paid minimal attention to ethics and compliance training. Training was done by someone who had another important job to do on the ethics and compliance team. It was seen as a check-the-box exercise, and employees felt the brunt of that approach.
That recent academic research finding that strong internal reporting correlates to better business outcomes is welcome news for corporate compliance professionals, with all sorts of implications for how to run a compliance program smartly.
Organizations should be applauded for their improvements in board compliance training. But they need to keep working, to channel their increased focus on board awareness and to make sure that their directors are getting the right training to truly lead their organizations.