We are starting a series of posts called “Compliance Profession: The View from the Inside”. In these posts, compliance and ethics professionals of today will share interesting aspects of their work, attitudes, views and useful materials.
Our today’s guest is Timur Khasanov-Batirov, compliance practitioner focusing on high-risk markets, author of Integrity Corp. 50 Tips for Your Compliance Program in the Post-Soviet States, and a co-founder of Compliance Club with the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. Continue reading to learn about most challenging situation in Timur’s practice, building trust between compliance and business, and to see some tips for compliance professionals starting their careers.
What part of compliance job do you enjoy the most and why?
I love this job. Compliance profession gives a unique opportunity to change things for better. Specifically, I enjoy the opportunity to influence corporate culture by embedding integrity in decision-making process. From organization to organization, the maturity of control environment might vary; however, if top management is passionate about acting ethically, this becomes a strong motivation for a compliance person like myself.
How long does it take to build trust between compliance function and business?
I believe that building trust between compliance team and business people is a constant process. There is no way to stop at some point of time saying that it is enough. Based on my practice, I would suggest focusing attention on two things in the course of forming effective cooperation. First, to genuinely get interested in understanding respective business processes. As a result, your compliance solution will be a tailored and effective tool. Secondly, to use risk based approach by tackling high profile cases rather than disturbing business people and specifically management by low risk routine questions, which could be easily resolved if effective compliance management system is deployed.
Please describe the most challenging situation in your practice.
A number of cases came to my mind. Some typical challenges which compliance practitioner might face in our part of the world along with my recommendations are given in the Practical Guide. Generally, I would think the most challenging in-house compliance task is a risk assessment. Based on its results the whole compliance framework is to be designed. Definitely, compliance practitioner would need to pay specific attention to risk assessment stage by engagement of all stakeholders and analysis of respective business processes.
What would you recommend those compliance practitioners who just started their careers?
It might look strange and a bit controversial but I would recommend starting with self-assessment – to understand if one is interested in devoting himself or herself to compliance. You have to believe in what you are doing and promoting to other people. If person is sure that embedding integrity is something which reflects his values and moral compass, he will succeed.
We hope you took something for yourself from Timur’s experience as we did. If you would like to be our next guest, please reach out through the form on our website or via Facebook and we will get in touch. Or feel free to suggest a question bothering you, and we will ask our next guest to share his or her view on this.
Until next time, and preserve ethics in your actions and decisions.