Which wolf do you feed?


Using behavioral science insights to enhance integrity and compliance program effectiveness.

In our daily lives, there are many situations where we need to make judgement calls. Inner conflicts may occur when we need to make decisions on how to behave in line with our own and society’s morals and values. The tale of the two wolves is a popular story about a campfire conversation between a Cherokee Indian grandfather and his grandson about the eternal inner struggle to do the right thing. The grandfather explains that we all have two wolves living inside of us, that are constantly at odds with each other. One is a compassionate wolf, filled with love, courage, peace, hope and humility. The other wolf is aggressive and filled with fear, anger, envy, greed, jealousy, and arrogance. They are in a constant battle. The child asks which wolf wins, to which the grandfather replies: “The wolf that we feed.”

Compliance and integrity in organizations depend heavily on the behavior of the individuals. As a compliance officer you therefore want to feed the good wolf in these people, i.e., top management, employees, and other stakeholders. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for them to do the right thing. That being said, in which company culture and climate does the good wolf thrive? What do other personality traits, such as seniority/working experience and character types, tell us about the likelihood of (non)compliant behavior? Is it easier to behave ethically in certain types of organizations? What impact could outside factors, like an economic crisis or a pandemic, have on the compliance mindset of people? 

The Compliance Women Committee International (CWCI) is pleased to launch a series of articles on Behavioral Compliance that may provide some answers to the above questions.

Created by Claudia Sijstermans and Luciane Mallmann, with contributions from other CWCI members, the series begins with an article on Compliance Culture and Climate in organizations. We hope that the series will give practical insights and inspire our members

We encourage you to keep an eye out on your LinkedIn feed in the second week of February!

If you have questions or remarks you can contact the creators via DM or the CWC Communications Team on cwcinternational.comms@gmail.com

About Compliance Women Committee International

CWC International consists of over 150 members based across the globe who are seasoned experts in a broad scope of compliance areas We work together to empower women in the industry, promote the discussion of business ethics, and share best practices, new regulatory developments, and job opportunities. The Committee welcomes members of all seniority levels, from all industries, and the public and private sectors as we believe in the power of diversity and inclusion. 

About the series creators

Claudia Sijstermans

Claudia is a senior ethics & compliance professional, based in the Netherlands with over fourteen years’ experience in compliance & integrity program management and subject matter expertise in Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) at listed companies with a global supply chain (Chemicals and High Tech).

Claudia’s expertise and passion for integrity and compliance enable her to develop and embed compliance (risk) and integrity frameworks and programs as well as monitoring and assessing their effectiveness. Goal is to be in control of compliance, whilst harboring a compliance culture and integrity climate which educates, inspires, and helps stakeholders to do the right things for the right reasons.

Luciane Mallmann

Luciane is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Brazil, Portugal, and England and Wales with over seventeen years of post-qualification experience and specialising in Corruption and Governance. She is based in London, where she currently holds the position of Senior Compliance Consultant at a global risk and strategic consulting firm. Before joining the consulting world, Luciane worked at top-tier litigation and international dispute resolution departments of Magic Circle and White-Shoe law firms in London.

She is passionate about helping companies embrace what ‘doing the right thing’ means to them. She assists companies to build and develop their ethical values and behaviours, culture, purpose, and corporate integrity as critical levers for change.

We hope you will find this series informative and insightful!

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