Is the GC the Conscience of the Company? Maybe Not

IBM's general counsel explains why in-house lawyers aren't (and shouldn't be) the conscience of their companies.

, Corporate Counsel


IBM's general counsel Robert Weber explains why in-house lawyers aren't (and shouldn't be) the conscience of their companies.

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  • Caroline Schroder

    The inclination or the perceived need for counsel to act as 'company conscience' surely varies with the perceived 'tone at the top', There have been more than a few companies where a conscience in the board room and the C-suite could have made the difference between solid performance and fraud, or at least solid performance and 'irrational exuberance'. The 'tone at the top' does not necessarily trickle down and it is not beyond reason to have one top officer and reporting department committed to understanding cost-benefit analysis and profit but consciously defending the line between right and wrong just in case the 'tone' lacks fiber and the accounting gets slick,

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