15 Compliance & Ethics Quotes


There are times when we could all use a reminder or some inspiration. Sometimes, it's helpful to hear something we already know restated another way. Below are some of my favorite, timeless quotes which touch on compliance and ethics, as well as transparency, anti-corruption, and human rights. When I find a quote to be particularly relevant and illustrative of a specific issue or topic, I like to incorporate it into training or presentations that I'm working on or articles that I'm writing. Do any of these quotes resonate with you?


  1. "We need a collaboration between the public sector and the private sector to form an alliance in the field of preventing corruption." — Klaus Moosmayer, Chief Compliance Officer, Siemens AG

  2. "The clampdown on money laundering and corruption is the common responsibility of all the countries in the world." — Wang Zhaowen

  3. "People sometimes don't understand that corruption can cost people their freedom, their health, their money and sometimes even their lives." — Patricia Moreira, Managing Director, Transparency International

  4. "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it." — Warren Buffett, Berkshire-Hathaway

  5. "If you think compliance is expensive, try non-compliance." — Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Paul McNulty

  6. "A compliance plan shows you have a system of checks in place." — Bruce Blehart

  7. "Financial Crime Risk is best managed through the convergence of Compliance and Corporate Governance." - Shawki Ahwash

  8. "The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference." — Bess Myerson

  9. "Integrity, transparency and the fight against corruption have to be part of the culture. They have to be thought as fundamental values." — Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General

  10. “Corruption is paid by the poor” — Pope Francis

  11. “People should be conscious that they can change a corrupt system” — Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International

  12. "If corruption is a disease, transparency is a central part of its treatment." — Kofi Annan

  13. "A nation's domestic and foreign policies and actions should be derived from the same standards of ethics, honesty and morality which are characteristic of the individual citizens of the nation." — Jimmy Carter

  14. "Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." — Pope Jon Paul II

  15. “Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.” ― Dalai Lama

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