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Modern Governance 100 Honors Erica Salmon Byrne as Compliance & Ethics Leader

Ethisphere President Erica Salmon Byrne

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—Ethisphere President Erica Salmon Byrne has been named to the 2022 Modern Governance 100, which recognizes exceptional professionals in the audit, governance, compliance, ESG, and risk sectors who advance sustainable, simplified, and transparent governance practices. The Modern Governance 100 recognition is facilitated by Diligent, a multinational compliance software provider.

Erica joins honorees from a broad spectrum of globally renowned organizations including Cisco, Arthur J. Gallagher, and Nissan Motor Corp. The Modern Governance 100 recognition is now in its fourth year.

“My sincere congratulations on being named to this remarkable group of professionals from around the world,” said Diligent CEO Brian K. Stafford in a letter to this year’s honorees. “Behind every successful organization is a modern leader—and I commend you for being that individual. Thank you for all that you do.”

This year’s Modern Governance 100 program has evolved to include five categories highlighting key areas of modern governance. These include Audit & Analytics All Star; Boards & Governance Innovator; Compliance & Ethics Leader; ESG, Diversity & Climate Trailblazer; and Risk & Strategy Advisor.

As a Compliance & Ethics Leader honoree, Erica was recognized for her work in advancing Ethisphere’s mission to leverage ethics and compliance data to help educate professionals from around the world on best practices in the ethics arena. She was also recognized for encouraging companies to evaluate their compliance and ethics programs by qualifying for the World’s Most Ethical Companies® distinction. (Applications for the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies are open until November 18, 2022.)

For more than a decade, Erica has led the creation, development, and execution of Ethisphere’s Ethics Quotient survey process. This in-depth assessment asks World’s Most Ethical Companies applicants more than 200 questions in areas such as compliance, culture, ESG, governance, community involvement, and reputation. In 2022, World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees represented more than 130 organizations across 22 countries and 45 industries.

Under Erica’s leadership, the data collected through the Ethics Quotient survey has helped Ethisphere set global standards for ethical companies to follow. Companies that do not receive World’s Most Ethical Companies honors receive a scorecard report that allows them to take a closer look at their programs and seek out ways to improve and do better.

“It is so wonderful to see that ethics and compliance leaders are getting this kind of recognition and are being considered in the context of what modern governance looks like,” said Salmon Byrne. “The cohort I am in includes tremendously accomplished individuals I have long admired, and I truly believe there is no competition in compliance. As a result of that, I am always looking for ways to cross-pollenate best practices from one industry to the next to better manage people-created risk.”

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