We have two decades of expertise within European and US Export Compliance. Export Control and compliance laws are complex regulations based on national, regional and international treaties, which are put in place to prevent the proliferation of weapons for mass destruction falling in the hands of rogue states or terrorists. Further, the rules seek to prevent that products, services and information with a potential dual-use (both ordinary civil use and a military use) end up with users or are used for purposes who are not internationally agreed and approved with regard to such products, services and information. Many types of electronics, chemicals, metal alloys, measurement tools and services or information about the latter require an export license from national competent authorities prior to exporting outside Europe and/or the USA. Failure to implement an export compliance program is likely to result in failure to comply with export control laws. Failure to comply with export control laws may in fact result in huge fines or even imprisonment of responsible personnel.
Many companies will benefit from a reasonably simple, general compliance program in the form of an Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, Company Handbook or similar. Adding training for select issues would create even further value in that companies significantly reduce the risk of violating laws – particularly within known areas such as export control, sanctions, anti-bribery, gifts & hospitality, and likely also non-disclosure of information that is somehow protected.
Mapping of present personnel competences within the above areas (and perhaps other areas) comparing these to well-defined desired competences will reveal potential focus areas, which presently create unnecessary risks for your company.
Such unnecessary risks may result in significant fines or even imprisonment of top management and other involved employees. Other consequences include but are not limited to blacklisting of your company from doing business in e.g. the USA. Deal with it now before it is too late.
When addressing competence mapping, it makes sense to simultaneously address competence gaps and potential need for knowledge. Increasing relevant competences helps to eliminate worthless training, which you are paying for, and it will increase satisfaction and Health & Safety.
Contact us for an informal meeting to discuss how to encounter your risks. It may not be so difficult when handled appropriately from start.
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