Erica Salmon Byrne

About Erica Salmon Byrne

Erica Salmon Byrne is the Executive Vice President, Governance and Compliance for The Ethisphere Institute, where she has responsibility for the organization’s data and services business and works with Ethisphere’s community of clients to assess ethics and compliance programs and promote best practices across industries. Erica also serves as the Executive Director of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance. She can be reached at

A Director’s Role in Mitigating Harassment Risk

By |2017-12-29T15:11:50+00:00December 29th, 2017|Code of Conduct, Corporate Culture|

Editor's note: This article originally appeared on SCCE's Compliance and Ethics Professional January 2018 magazine.  The sexual harassment allegations are coming so quickly these days— from all corners, all industries, the public, and private sector—that it seems like hashtags or names are barely beginning to trend before they are replaced with the next offender. There ...

What the Data Says—Pressure: Achieve at all Costs?

By |2017-11-21T21:47:49+00:00November 21st, 2017|***RSS BELA Member, Corporate Culture|

Creating and maintaining an ethical corporate culture can sometimes feel like taming a hydra: you get anti-bribery protections in place, only to find an issue with conflicts of interest in your supply chain, just as you finally tackle perverse incentives in your compensation plans… You get the picture. Erica Salmon Byrne, Ethisphere That’s ...

Broad Lessons from the Wells Fargo Report

By |2017-08-24T21:06:55+00:00August 1st, 2017|Compliance & Ethics, Corporate Culture|

Editor's note: This article was originally published in Compliance & Ethics Professional July 2017 edition. Last month, the Wells Fargo board released its lengthy investigative report into its sales incentive issues. Much has been written about the recent shareholder meeting, where it appeared—for a while—that some of the board would not win reelection they did), as ...

A Clear Correlation: Ethical Companies Outperform

By |2017-06-09T19:34:48+00:00June 9th, 2017|***Featured Expert, Compliance & Ethics|

For over a decade, Ethisphere has annually been recognizing companies on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list. Year after year, we’ve found that publicly traded companies on that list consistently outperform the markets, with firms in last year’s edition outperforming the S&P 500 by 3.3 percent. What’s the cause? The debate continues. Do these companies ...

Byrne on Governance: Culture and Purpose

By |2017-05-26T23:48:59+00:00January 5th, 2017|Corporate Culture|

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Professional. Purpose is not what you do or even how you do it—it’s why you do it. The what and the how will change over time. Just think of how different the way you get things done now is from 5 ...

Our Take: Culture Survey vs. Engagement Survey

By |2017-01-15T20:42:57+00:00December 15th, 2016|Corporate Culture|

Ethisphere recently hosted a webinar featuring key findings from our Ethical Culture and Perceptions Assessment. As we always do, we highlighted a few leading practices from our dataset. In particular, we noted that 76 percent of the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees include questions designed to measure employee perceptions of an ethical culture on ...

Culture at Fox News: Governance Failure or Something Worse?

By |2017-01-17T16:58:32+00:00November 8th, 2016|Corporate Culture|

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Professional November 2016 edition. Much has been written about the allegations of significant and pervasive harassment that have been leveled at Roger Ailes and the culture he created at Fox News. There are a variety of culture lessons that can be learned from exploring ...

The Board’s Obligation: Enabling Ethical Leadership

By |2017-01-15T20:42:58+00:00September 29th, 2016|Corporate Culture|

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in SCCE's Compliance & Ethics Professional October, 2016 edition. Erica Salmon Byrne, EVP, Ethisphere. When considering an organization’s culture, it is clear that all corporate actors play a role in its development. The Board of Directors is clearly not excluded from consideration. Gone are the days—if they ...

Culture Measurement – A Recap on Pillars of A Good Culture Survey

By |2017-01-15T20:43:03+00:00May 20th, 2016|Corporate Culture|

Welcome once again to my series on culture measurement. If you’re just tuning into this series, you can find post two and the original article here. In my last two posts I’ve discussed half of the pillars of a good culture survey. I hope many of you can join me next week for our webcast on creating ...

Culture Measurement – A Series on our Pillars

By |2019-12-18T22:30:08+00:00May 12th, 2016|Compliance & Ethics|

If you’re just tuning into this series, you can find post one and the original article here. Part of the reason to measure culture is to figure out if it is as strong as you think it is – and where it is weakest. It isn’t an inherent pillar of culture, so I haven’t mentioned ...

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