The Ethics of Compliance

We are delighted to be hosting the next Risky Women® network lunch on May 8 during the ASEAN Regulatory Summit 2019 at Marina Bay Sands. 

Our exclusive Singapore event will discuss the ethical culture of compliance with AretéWork’s Ruth Steinholtz and network founder Kimberley Cole. Join us as we explore the intersecting circles of compliance and business ethics:

  • The importance of taking a behavioral and values-based approach to compliance and enforcement 
  • Why the usual compliance focused approaches have failed to create ethical companies 
  • The most significant road blocks to achieving values-based and ethically-based leadership
  • Achieving this cultural shift amidst tightening regulatory frameworks
  • Where momentum is building and how we can all get to the root of what will drive real change 

Please register now and feel free to contact Heather Bach, should you have any questions.

Event info

  • Date

    8 May 2018
  • Time

    12:35pm - 1:30pm
  • Location

    Level 3, Hibiscus Ballroom, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
  • Topic

    The Ethics of Compliance


Ruth Steinholtz Managing Partner, AretéWork LLP

Once described as, “the grit in the oyster that creates the pearl”, Ruth wishes to make a difference in the world by changing attitudes and practices relating to ethics and compliance. Following a varied and exciting international legal career, Ruth Steinholtz founded AretéWork in 2011. Areté is the Greek concept of excellence and virtue ethics – being the best one can be.  The firm assists organisations globally in managing risk and improving results by fostering strong ethical cultures based upon values.  

Previously, as General Counsel and Head of Ethics at Borealis AG, Ruth developed a values-based approach to ethics and compliance – employing ethics ambassadors throughout the company. Organisations around the world have adopted this approach; publicised through Ruth’s Good Practice Guide to Ethics Ambassadors written for the IBE and her many speaking engagements.

Ruth’s unique approach combines knowledge of the underlying legal and regulatory frameworks and her expertise in culture risk measurement, behavioural ethics, culture change and her direct experience in team leadership and executive coaching. 

Ruth continues to push for change through her co-authorship, with Professor Chris Hodges, of the book Ethical Business Practice and Regulation: A Behavioural and Values-Based Approach to Compliance and Enforcement (Hart Publishing, December 2017).  Regulators in many countries are interested in the approach advocated in this book.

Ruth is a frequent speaker, panellist and workshop leader on the mirror concepts of Ethical Business Practice and Regulation and is fully certified in the use of the Barrett Values Centre’s Cultural Transformation Tools.  

Ruth’s other publications include the Institute of Business Ethics Good Practice Guide to Performance Management for an Ethical Culture (2014). 

Follow Ruth @ruthsteinholtz and find her blog at

Kimberley Cole Chief Risky Woman

Kimberley is the Chief Risky Woman and founder of the Risky Women network and podcast Risky Women Radio.  Kimberley is passionate about inspiring and connecting women to be bold, to extend and to take risks. With a foundation in Governance, Risk and Compliance the network focuses on the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape and offers connections and ideas for building business and careers. Kimberley’s philosophy is centred on connecting, celebrating and championing women across the globe. 
A global executive, she has extensive background in financial services and technology.  As a sales and marketing leader for over 20 years she has worked with customers in multiple geographies on big data projects and identifying solutions to help them thrive in an increasingly disrupted world.  Her most recent role was leading a team of over 160 sales professionals generating $US 90 Million in new revenues annually across 17 countries in Asia Pacific.  She has driven growth and transformation across a range of functions with achievements including building and launching new products and transforming teams to create customer focus and accelerated growth.
Creating shared value and taking action she also established a platform to stop slavery and focus on how technology and data can help address this crime.  
She is an angel investor and fintech advisor.  Non-Executive Director of the Fair Employment Foundation.

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