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Why do we lack crime-prevention models for companies?


The large number of regulations being drawn up and their growing complexity increases the risk of noncompliance on the part of organizations. Although initially this only affected large companies and multinational groups, since 2010 it has become a concern for every organization following a modification to the Spanish Criminal Code that made legal personalities subject to criminal liability. “The business environment of the 21st century is totally different to how it was several decades ago. We have many regulations imposed by the legislation or public administrations, along with others that companies adhere to voluntarily in the form of policies or ethical codes of conduct. All this makes it necessary to develop mechanisms that ensure these regulations are applied. That’s why compliance departments are so essential: not only to guarantee compliance with these regulations, but also compliance with companies’ own ethical standards”, explained Alain Casanovas, the director of UPF-IDEC’s Postgraduate Course in Compliance.

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