At AbbVie, all employees are expected to lead and foster a culture of ethical and compliant behaviour. To assist us, AbbVie has an Office of Ethics and Compliance (OEC), which focuses on the development and enhancement of our compliance programme. OEC is led by our Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO), who is a member of our senior management and makes regular reports regarding compliance matters to the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, other senior-level leaders and AbbVie’s Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee. The OEC staff provides dedicated support to AbbVie’s leaders, employees and businesses.
To assist in the implementation of the Global compliance program, AbbVie has a Global Compliance Insights Forum (GCIF) focused on our Global Compliance Programme. The GCIF is chaired by the CECO, includes senior-level leaders, and is accountable directly to the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Periodic GCIF meetings are held to discuss compliance matters including adherence to legal and regulatory obligations and commitments, assessment of our compliance programme, changes in the legal and regulatory environment, risk areas and best practices, and improvements to the programme.
For the UK specifically, we have an Affiliate Compliance Insights Forum (ACIF) focused on our UK Compliance Programme serving the same purpose as the GCIF. The ACIF is composed of the General Manager and other senior-level leaders within the UK working closely with the OEC Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day function of the compliance programme, including monitoring of compliance, providing awareness of and training for the programme, revising policies and procedures and providing guidance to local employees. Periodic ACIF meetings are held to discuss emerging issues and to implement new compliance or awareness programmes.