Compliance Programs for the Prevention of Economic Crimes

An Empirical Survey of German Companies

2014. Tab., Abb.; XXI, 312 S.
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ISBN 978-3-428-14458-7
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Changes in today's global risk and information society create new challenges for criminal law and criminal policy, particularly with respect to complex crimes such as white-collar crime, organized crime, and terrorism. These changes have pushed traditional criminal law to its territorial and functional limits and require alternative forms of social control. This can be seen especially with respect to the global threats to economic markets caused by new forms of corporate crime in the 21st century. In this field States are increasingly compensating their loss of control in the prevention and prosecution of crime by requiring private persons and companies to cooperate in crime prevention, especially through the use of compliance measures as a form of »regulated selfregulation«. The current draft of a new law on corporate criminal liability in Germany takes this approach. Until now, however, progress in this area has been impeded by a lack of sound empirical data.

The present book fills this gap. It is the first publication that, on the basis of a broad, scientifically based empirical study, not only analyzes the existence, content, and effectiveness of German compliance programs but also addresses the effectiveness of various strategies in preventing crime and fostering the implementation of compliance programs.


1. Introduction

Object of Present Study – Current State of Research – Aims and Methods of Present Study

2. Content and General Evaluation of Compliance Programs

Content of Compliance Programs – Evaluation of Compliance Measures – Interviewed Companies and Interviewees

3. Special Comparative Evaluation of Different Regulative Approaches

Evaluation of Strategies for the Prevention of Crime – Evaluation of Strategies for Creating Compliance Programs – Interviewed Companies and Interviewees

4. Results of Compliance Documents published by DAX 30 Companies

Compliance and Online Presentation – Legal Topics Covered – Ethical Topics Covered – Information and Reporting Structures – Compliance Instruction

5. Summary and Conclusions

Object, Aim, and Methodology of the Present Study – Empirical Results on the Status of Compliance Programs in Germany – Consequences and Hypotheses for Criminal Policy – Summing Up: Hypotheses in Short

Annex: Questionnaires and Tables T-Test


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