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FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES AND THEIR EFFCT ON CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY Gary A. Jones, Senior Environmental Counsel Siemens Corporation. Franco British Lawyers Society British Institute of International and Comparative Law

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Franco british lawyers society british institute of international and comparative law

FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES AND THEIR EFFCT ON CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITYGary A. Jones, Senior Environmental CounselSiemens Corporation

Franco British Lawyers Society

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

French and British Environmental Law with North American Comparisons

Friday 16 September 2005


Federal sentencing guidelines

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Promulgated by the United States Sentencing Commission in 1991

  • Created to :

    • Provide Certainty and Predictability in Sentencing

    • Deter Criminal Activity by Increasing Cost of Corporate Misconduct


Federal sentencing guidelines1

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Promulgated by the United States Sentencing Commission in 1991

  • Created to :

    • Provide Certainty and Predictability in Sentencing

    • Deter Criminal Activity by Increasing Cost of Corporate Misconduct


How the guidelines work

How the Guidelines Work

  • If Court Requires a Monetary Fine

    • Mathematical Calculation to Determine

      • “Seriousness” of Offense

      • “Culpability” of Organization

    • “Culpability” Determined by Mix of

      • Aggravating Factors

      • Mitigating Factors


How the guidelines work1

How the Guidelines Work

  • Points May Be Subtracted by:

    • Proof of Effective Compliance Program

    • Self Reporting

    • Accepting Responsibility for the Wrongdoing

  • After Score Determined, Chart Determines Amount of Fine Imposed


Elements of effective compliance program

Elements of “Effective Compliance Program”

  • Compliance Standards and Procedures Must Be Established to Deter Crime

  • High-Level Personnel Must Be Involved in Oversight

  • Substantial Discretionary Authority Must Be Carefully Delegated

  • Compliance Standard and Procedures Must Be Communicated to Employees


Elements of effective compliance program cont d

Elements of “Effective Compliance Program” (Cont’d)

  • Steps Must Be Taken to Achieve Compliance in Establishment of Monitoring and Auditing Systems and of Reporting Systems With Protective Safeguards

  • Standards Must be Consistently Enforced

  • Any Violations Require Appropriate Responses, Which May Include Modification of Compliance Standards and Procedures and Other Preventive Measures


How the guidelines work the thompson memorandum

How the Guidelines Work – the Thompson Memorandum

  • Issued by Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson on January 30, 2003

    • “…whether program is adequately designed for maximum effectiveness in preventing and detecting wrongdoing by employees…”

    • “…whether corporate management is enforcing the program or is tacitly encouraging or pressuring employees to engage in misconduct to achieve business objectives…”

    • “…determine whether a corporation’s compliance program is merely a ‘paper tiger’ or …designed and implemented in an effective manner…”


Environmental protection agency audit policy

Environmental Protection Agency Audit Policy

  • Originally Published December 22, 1995

  • Revised Version Effective May 11, 2000

  • Created to Provide Incentives for Regulated Entities to:

    • Detect

    • Disclose

    • Expeditiously Correct

      Violation of Federal Environmental Requirements


How the audit policy works

How the Audit Policy Works

  • Incentives for Self-Policing

    • Elimination of Gravity-Based Penalties

    • 75% Reduction of Gravity-Based Penalties

    • No Recommendation for Criminal Prosecutions

    • No Routine Requests of Audit Reports


How the audit policy works1

How the Audit Policy Works

  • Conditions for Mitigation:

    • Systematic discovery of the Violation Through an Environmental Audit or a Compliance Management System

    • Voluntary Discovery

    • Discovery and Disclosure Independent of Government or Third-Party Plaintiff


How the audit policy works2

How the Audit Policy Works

  • Conditions for Mitigation (Cont’d):

    • Correction and Remediation

    • Prevent Recurrence

    • No Repeat Violations

    • Other Violations Excluded

    • Cooperation


Toward effective compliance management

Toward Effective Compliance Management

  • Commission for Environmental Cooperation EMS Guidance Document

  • Developed by Representatives of Canada, Mexico and the United States

  • Published June 2000

  • Created to Focus on Two Goals:

    • Compliance With Environmental Laws

    • Environmental Performance that Moves Beyond Compliance in Both Regulated and Non-regulated Areas

  • Compatible with ISO 14001


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Toward Effective Compliance Management

  • Compliance Focused Environmental Management System (CFEMS)

    • Developed by US EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)

    • Latest Revision: August 2002

    • Intended to Supplement, Not replace EMS Standards Such as ISO 14001

    • Promotes Compliance-Focused Approaches

    • 12 Elements

    • Intended as Part of Enforcement Settlements for Violators – Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP)


Toward effective compliance management2

Toward Effective Compliance Management

  • 12 Elements

    • Environmental Policy

    • Organization, Personnel, and Oversight of EMS

    • Accountability and Responsibility

    • Environmental Requirements

    • Assessment, Prevention and Control

    • Environmental Incident and Noncompliance Investigations


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Toward Effective Compliance Management

  • 12 Elements (Cont’d)

    • Training, Awareness and Competence

    • Organizational Decision-making and Planning

    • Document Control

    • Pollution Prevention Program*

    • Continuing Evaluation and Improvement

    • Public Involvement/Community Outreach*

      • *Not Part of CEC Guidance Document


Implementing an effective compliance program what to do

Implementing an Effective Compliance Program – What to Do

  • Assemble Multi-functional Team – Legal, Human Resources, Operational Areas In Which Exposure is High

  • Survey Business Activities to Identify Problem Areas and Assess Current Compliance Efforts.

  • Benchmark Compliance Programs by Other Companies in Similar Industry Groups

  • Institute New Compliance Plan Based On This Updated Information – Continue to Update


Compliance management resources

Compliance Management Resources

  • Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of violations, Final Policy Statement, Environmental Protection Agency, [FRL 6576-3], May 11, 2000

  • Guidance Document, Improving Environmental Performance and Compliance: 10 Elements of Effective Environmental Management Systems; Commission for Environmental Cooperation, June 2000

  • Guidance on the Use of Environmental Management Systems in Enforcement Settlements as Injunctive Relief and Supplemental Environmental Projects; US EPA, June 12, 2003


Compliance management resources1

Compliance Management Resources

  • Compliance-Focused Environmental Management System – Enforcement Agreement Guidance; EPA-330/9-97-002R; August 1997, Revised January 2000

  • The “Thompson Memorandum” – Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations; Memorandum to Heads of Department Components, United States Attorneys From Larry D. Thompson, Deputy Attorney General, January 20, 2003


Franco british lawyers society british institute of international and comparative law

FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES AND THEIR EFFCT ON CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY Friday 16 September 2005

Gary A. Jones

Senior Environmental Counsel

Siemens Corporation

170 Wood Avenue South

Iselin, NJ 08830

Tel: (732) 321-3866

Fax: (732) 321-3102

Email: [email protected]


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