Fed up with corporate officers who skirt the law for financial gain, and inspired by the courageous employees who come forward to expose such actions, Mehri & Skalet launched Voices of Corporate Responsibility to create a community of professionals dedicated to ethical, responsible business practices. The project seeks to encourage corporate professionals to:
- Recognize wrongdoing in their own places of employment;
- Stand up against officer and director decision-making that is motivated by short-term interests or personal greed;
- Participate in regulatory and legislative reform that protects their right to address conduct that adversely impacts the corporation, shareholders, and consumers.
Voices has also worked to defend and enhance whisteblower protections. In May 2010, the Voices for Corporate Responsibility Project and Voices Board Member David Welch encouraged the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to address flaws in its Whistleblower Protection Program. Voices pointed to Dr. Welch’s original research showing that between 1994 and 2008 OSHA investigators determined that only 874 (3.2%) of the 27,298 investigations of Sarbanes-Oxley Act claims had merit. OSHA responded by conducting a top-to-bottom review of the Office of Whistleblower Protection Program and welcomed Voices for Corporate Responsibility suggestions on improvements.
Similarly, Voices for Corporate Responsibility was invited to comment on the whistleblower provisions of the new Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill. Voices’ written submission on the issue was frequently cited by members of the SEC as they rolled out these important new regulations. Voices has also hosted seminars on Dodd-Frank to inform potential whistleblowers and attorneys of the new whistleblower protections that have been provided.
Media Coverage of Voices for Corporate Responsibility
- Voices for Corporate Responsibility Comments to SEC that New Whistleblower Rules Don’t Go Far Enough. The Corporate Insider, December 20, 2010.
- Dan Guttman, The Shadown Pentagon: Private Contractors Play a Huge Role in Basic Government Work – Mostly Out of Public View. The Center for Public Integrity.
Resources on Corporate Responsibility
Cyrus Mehri, Andrea Giampetro-Meyer and Michael B. Runnels, One Nation, Indivisible: The Use of Diversity Report Cards to Promote Transparency, Accountability, and Workplace Fairness
David Welch, (Whistleblower) Letter to Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels Regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Act Enforcement