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CURE ALZHEIMER’S FUND HONORED WITH FUNDRAISER

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease, is honored to be the recipient of donations raised by the Hamilton and Bowdoin Colleges’ women’s lacrosse teams. The Continentals from Hamilton College @hamiltonwomenslacrosse in Clinton, New York, were hosted by NESCAC rival Polar Bears from Bowdoin College @bowdoinwlax in Brunswick, Maine on Saturday, March 30. The teams joined forces to dedicate their game to raising awareness and contributions for research in honor of those who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. More than $900 was raised for research. “Over the course of their lives, women are more likely to be both caregivers and patients impacted by Alzheimer’s disease,” said Meg Smith, CEO of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “These young women inspire us by educating their communities about this relentless disease and our work to end it, and by taking control of their futures and reducing their own risk of dementia through education and exercise.” There are 6.9 million people in the United States—and 50 million people throughout the world—currently living with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and experts estimate there may be as many as three times more people living with the disease who have not yet been diagnosed. Both men and women develop Alzheimer’s disease, but two-thirds of all patients are women, and women are frequently the primary caregivers for spouses, partners, parents and others with the disease. “I am grateful to have partnered with my friend, Liz Grote, and her Bowdoin Lacrosse team,” said Patty Kloidt, coach of the Hamilton Women’s Lacrosse team. “She and I, along with members of our teams have experienced loved ones who suffered from this disease. We want our communities to be aware of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and consider supporting their amazing work. Too many people, including caregivers, are suffering from this horrible disease. Please spread the word about the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and join in the fight for our future generations.” Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow, or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has provided more than 833 grants to more than 300 of the world’s leading researchers and contributed more than $199 million to research. Its funded initiatives have been responsible for many key breakthroughs in understanding the causes and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received a 4-star rating for more than 12 consecutive years from Charity Navigator. Our Board of Directors, Trustees, and a core group of other donors direct their donations to our overhead expenses so that 100% of general donations go to our research program. For more information, visit https://www.curealz.org/. To learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s on women and women working towards a cure, visit https://womenandalzheimers.org. Contact Details Cure Alzhiemer's Fund Barbara Chambers +1 978-417-9890 BChambers@CureAlz.org Company Website https://curealz.org

April 11, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Platinum Learning Nursing CE Announces Continuing Education Programs for Healthcare Professionals

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Platinum Learning Nursing CE, a provider of continuing education (CE) for healthcare professionals, has announced a new lineup of programs designed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), licensed psychiatric technicians (LPTs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). These programs cover a wide range of topics essential for maintaining competency and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in healthcare. Focus on Registered Nurses (RNs) Registered nurses play a vital role in the healthcare system, providing care to patients in various settings. To maintain their licensure, RNs in most states, including California, are required to complete a certain number of CE credits every renewal period as mandated by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). When searching for RN license renewal CE providers, Platinum Learning Nursing CE stands out with its comprehensive curriculum and engaging learning formats. Their CE programs for RNs address a variety of relevant subjects, including: Medical-Surgical Nursing Critical Care Nursing Pediatric Nursing Geriatric Nursing Mental Health Nursing Leadership and Management Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing The programs are designed to be informative and engaging, featuring interactive modules, case studies, and self-assessments to reinforce learning. Addressing LVN License Renewal in California Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are an essential part of the healthcare team, working under the supervision of RNs and physicians to provide direct patient care. In California, LVNs are mandated to complete 30 CE hours for each license renewal cycle. The company offers a comprehensive selection of CE programs specifically tailored to the needs of LVNs in California, encompassing topics directly relevant to LVN license renewal in California, such as: Basic Nursing Skills Medication Administration Wound Care Infection Control Communication and Collaboration Documentation and Reporting These programs are developed to ensure LVNs meet the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) requirements for license renewal. Continuing Education Opportunities for Other Healthcare Professionals The company also caters to the educational needs of licensed psychiatric technicians (LPTs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). LPT programs address mental health assessment, crisis intervention, and psychopharmacology, while APRN programs delve into areas like primary care, family practice, and acute care. Conclusion Platinum Learning Nursing CE's commitment to providing high-quality, accessible CE programs empowers healthcare professionals across various disciplines to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This focus on continuing education fosters better patient care, improved healthcare outcomes, and a more competent healthcare workforce. For any press-related queries or additional details, please mail to support@platinumlearningce.org or visit https://www.platinumlearningce.org/. About Platinum Learning Nursing CE Platinum Learning Nursing CE is a dedicated provider of continuing education programs for healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, licensed psychiatric technicians, and advanced practice registered nurses. Their mission is to empower nurses and other healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver exceptional patient care. Their programs are developed by industry experts and adhere to the latest guidelines and regulations set forth by regulatory bodies. Contact Details Platinum Learning Nursing CE Irine Achuamang +1 424-347-0362 info@platinumlearningce.org Company Website https://www.platinumlearningce.org/

April 04, 2024 05:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Annette Clayton Joins Flash Board of Directors

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Flash, the leading digital ecosystem provider connecting drivers to parking and EV charging experiences, today announced Annette Clayton, chairwoman and former CEO of Schneider Electric, has joined the company’s board of directors. Ms. Clayton has decades of automotive, technology and energy industry experience and brings an extensive track record guiding corporate strategy and operations for growth companies and pioneering startups. “We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Annette to our board of directors,” said Dan Sharplin, Flash’s CEO and Chairman. “She is an accomplished leader who has dedicated her career to companies that are transforming their respective industries, and her talents and expertise will be invaluable to our next chapter of growth, particularly when it comes to meeting the needs of modern drivers through the next wave of EV adoption.” Ms. Clayton joins Flash’s board of directors after recently concluding her tenure as CEO of Schneider Electric North America. During that time, Ms. Clayton led business strategy for the region, representing 30,000 employees and sales of more than $11 billion in fiscal year 2022. “Working with innovators like Flash that reimagine an industry is the work I love,” said Ms. Clayton regarding her appointment. “I have followed Flash’s evolution from its startup days and think the current moment is among its most exciting – Flash has done the heavy lifting and is poised to bring all the players together to set the new standard for a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem.” Ms. Clayton currently serves on the public boards of Duke Energy, NXP Semiconductors, Oshkosh Corporation and Nordson Corporation. Ms. Clayton’s prior board service includes National Electrical Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers and many of Schneider Electric’s Energy-as-a-Service joint ventures. She was also a member of Rewiring America’s CEO’s for Electrification coalition for business leaders. Prior to Schneider Electric, she served in senior management roles for Dell, where she led the transformation of its global supply chain and fulfillment model, and General Motors Corporation, including president of Saturn Corporation, where she oversaw strategic direction, financial accountability, and profitability. Ms. Clayton holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from Wright State University, a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton and has completed the London Business School executive development program. About Flash Flash is a pioneering technology company bringing seamless parking and EV charging experiences to drivers through a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem. Flash’s platform connects reservable parking and charging in the apps drivers use every day with garage, surface lot, event, and valet parking locations — connected and controlled via a cloud-based operating system with unrivaled intelligence. Customer-obsessed brands partner with Flash to deliver digital, easy-to-use, reliable, and increasingly frictionless experiences to drivers eager to pay for a solution that eliminates wasted time, excess emissions, and stress from driving. The solution has arrived. Visit www.flashparking.com to learn more. Contact Details Flash Parking Ray Young +1 512-694-6097 ray@razorsharppr.com Company Website https://www.flashparking.com/

April 04, 2024 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Classiq and Quantum Intelligence Corp (QIC, Korea) Partner On Quantum Accelerated Drug Development

Classiq Technologies

Classiq, a leading quantum computing software company, and Quantum Intelligence Corp. ( QIC, Korea ) today announced the launch of innovative joint research to accelerate drug development by applying quantum computing to pharmacology. The collaboration is under the auspices of Classiq’s Quantum Computing For Life Sciences & Healthcare Center, launched with NVIDIA last year. This new partnership is dedicated to utilizing the Classiq platform to explore the use of quantum computing in pharmacology for a wide range of predictive and analytical applications. This includes the discovery and design of novel drug candidates as well as the prediction of potential side effects and interactions. The partnership focuses on significantly enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of drug development by integrating Classiq's quantum computing platform with QIC's drug development platform. “Quantum Intelligence diverges from the traditional route of biopharmaceutical companies, positioning itself more as a platform company powered by quantum and AI technology,” stated QIC's CEO, Hwanho Choi, MD., PhD. “Through this unique collaborative approach, we aim to precisely identify potential side effects early on, reducing risks across all stages of drug development and clinical trials.” QIC, a South Korean startup pioneering the QUEST-ADMET platform based on quantum computing and AI technologies, targets prediction of compound properties through electronic charge distribution algorithms, to efficiently assess therapeutic solution efficacy and safety of drug candidates. Classiq offers a leading quantum development platform with unique technology enabling high-level abstraction that simplifies and accelerates development of efficient complex quantum software and applications. The Classiq platform’s built-in functions, GitHub repository and seamless execution on quantum computing hardware, will be key components in the research to develop pharmacology applications for research. “This agreement marks a significant step towards a new era of accelerated drug development using quantum computing technology,” said Classiq’s CEO Nir Minerbi. “By combining Classiq's quantum computing technology with QIC's drug development platform, we target significant improvements in the efficiency and accuracy of drug development.” About Classiq Classiq Technologies, the leading quantum software company, provides an all-encompassing platform (IDE, compiler and OS) with a single point of entry into quantum computing, taking users from algorithm design to execution. The high-level descriptive quantum software development environment, tailored to all levels of developer proficiency, automates quantum programming. This ensures that a broad range of talents, including those with backgrounds in AI, ML and linear algebra, can harness quantum computing without requiring deep, specialized knowledge of quantum physics. Classiq democratizes access to quantum computing and equips its users to take full advantage of the quantum computing revolution, including access to a broad range of quantum hardware. Classiq’s core technology, algorithmic quantum circuit compilation, is engineered to power the quantum ecosystem of today and the future. Classiq works closely with quantum cloud providers and advanced computation hardware developers providing software for use with quantum computers, HPC and quantum simulators. Backed by investors such as HPE, HSBC, Samsung, Intesa Sanpaolo and NTT, Classiq’s world-class team of scientists and engineers has distilled decades of quantum expertise into its groundbreaking quantum engine. Follow Classiq on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter) or YouTube, and visit the Slack community and website, www.classiq.io to learn more. About Quantum Intelligence Corp. (QIC) Founded in 2020 by CEO Dr. Choi Hwanho and CTO Dr. Kang Hong-seok, Quantum Intelligence Corp. (QIC), based in Seoul, South Korea, is at the forefront of integrating quantum computing with artificial intelligence to revolutionize drug discovery. Using its advanced QUEST-ADMET platform and the Quantum-Dock module, QIC aims to outperform conventional drug development approaches in both accuracy and speed, offering highly precise predictions of drug efficacy and safety. QIC's global expansion is supported by strategic partnerships, including collaborations with Oxford Quantum Circuits (UK), Quandela (France), and QuEra Computing (US), alongside a joint venture with 48Hour Discovery (Canada). These partnerships enhance QIC's presence in key North American, European and Asian markets. The collaborations are aimed at improving pharmacological predictions, discovering new drug candidates and investigating metalloprotein-ligand interactions and pharmacokinetics. Beyond healthcare, QIC is also exploring quantum computing's potential in the financial sector, aiming to transform algorithmic trading, risk analysis and asset management. QIC's diverse team of experts in quantum physics, molecular modeling and AI is committed to driving innovations that optimize the drug development process. These efforts have established QIC as a prospective leader in quantum drug discovery, aiming to reduce development costs and timelines while improving drug safety and efficacy. The company's strategy to license out drug candidates developed with its quantum computing technology marks a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry, underscoring Quantum Intelligence's potential for significant growth. Contact Details Rainier Communications on behalf of Classiq Michelle Allard McMahon classiqPR@rainierco.com Quantum Intelligence Corp. (QIC) Byung-Hoon Kim, Operations Manager hoon.kim@qic.ai Company Website http://www.classiq.io/

April 04, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Amesite Inc. (NASDAQ: AMST) Is Helping Transform The Booming Digital Education Market In North America With Its Innovative AI Technology

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga Four years later it is more evident than ever that the global impact of COVID-19 has revolutionized the education sector. What was previously considered impractical has now become the norm, with digital learning models increasingly adopted from primary to tertiary levels, as well as business development programs. Despite this transformation, there are few companies and institutions that are effectively providing the resources needed to evolve in the digital world. The digital education sector is poised to grow exponentially in the coming years. With the global digital education market projected to expand at an impressive CAGR of 25.8%, its value is expected to skyrocket from $19.2 billion in 2023 to $97.5 billion by 2030. This compares to a CAGR of just 4.21% for the broad U.S. education market over 2022-2030 – signifying a turning point in education approaches. North America is expected to represent the largest share of the global digital education market due to its advanced technological infrastructure and because the region was the first to embrace digital education. One of the key reasons behind the industry's thriving success is its ability to transcend geographical limitations. By incorporating interactive multimedia resources, online courses and virtual classrooms, digital education platforms provide learners with unparalleled flexibility and accessibility at a lower cost to the student. This is particularly relevant in today's fast-paced world where individuals seek to balance work, personal commitments and education. Another key driver for the market is the growth of skill-development initiatives. In a time marked by rapid technological change and an evolving labor market, there is a growing awareness of the importance of skill development, with many conventional jobs now changing or being supplanted by technology. The exponential growth in digital education is also a response to this evolution, and academic institutions like colleges and universities represent the top revenue contributors. All of these trends make the work of companies like Coursera (NYSE: KOR), 2U (NASDAQ: TWOU) and Amesite Inc. (NASDAQ: AMST) even more important for learning institutions and companies. Amesite: An AI-Driven Digital Education Company Amesite Inc. (NASDAQ: AMST), an artificial intelligence software company that offers a cloud-based learning platform for businesses and education, is one of the few “pure play” public companies revolutionizing the e-learning space. The company's smart and intuitive learning environments assist organizations – including universities and colleges – in launching branded learning programs easily and affordably. With a focus on providing innovative solutions, Amesite enables organizations to quickly evolve with the times by offering a zero-cost set-up fee platform that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) and facilitates personalized, engaging and efficient learning experiences. The company is known for its best-in-class Learning Management System (LMS) which can integrate with thousands of Application Programming Interface (APIs), enabling the sharing of information with different software applications. Amesite has already seen success in growing sales activity in the digital education sector since introducing its no set up fee approach to the eLearning sector with contracts all over the country with higher education. Since September the company announced the collaboration with Partners for Advancing Clinical Education (PACE) to deliver accredited continuing education and five-year partnerships with: Benedict College Drake State Community and Technical College West Virginia Northern Community College Joliet Junior College Volunteer State Community College The company has also reported an overall learner/student retention rate of 96-98% for its platforms (defined as what percentage of students complete the course). This metric is impressive when compared to the average retention rate for comparable paid online courses which ranges from 68-73%. As technology continues to advance and education embraces digital transformation, the digital education sector is poised to shape the future of learning, making it an exciting and thriving industry for individuals to be a part of – driven by companies like Amesite that are helping shape the future of digital education in the North American market. With the momentum Amestite is experiencing with recent contract wins, Amesite looks to raise its profile within the online learning sector and the investment community. Featured photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

April 01, 2024 08:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Timothy Applegate Elected as Board Chair Elect for National Contract Management Association

National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), dedicated to advancing the contract management profession, proudly announces the appointment of Timothy Applegate as its Board Chair for Program Year 2026, that begins July 1, 2025. A retired Colonel in the United States Air Force, Mr. Applegate brings over 36 years of acquisition and contracting expertise to the role. Mr. Applegate is currently a distinguished member of the Senior Executive Service and Director of the Acquisition Management and Integration Center at Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC), where he is responsible for overseeing a total acquisition portfolio exceeding $20 billion. A devoted member of NCMA since 1992, an NCMA Certified Professional Contract Manager™ (CPCM™) certificant, Board Member (2018- 2021 and 2023-2024), and Board Advisor (2021-2022), Mr. Applegate is a dedicated and long-standing champion of NCMA and the role it plays in the advancement of the contract management profession. "It is a privilege to serve alongside such esteemed colleagues and I look forward to working with the NCMA's dedicated members and partners,” said Mr. Applegate. Kraig Conrad, CEO of NCMA, added, "Tim's wealth of experience and expertise is truly invaluable to meet our strategic objectives. Over the past six years, he has been instrumental in fostering the growth and evolution of our association through his dedicated service. I am eager to collaborate with him to advance our Common Language Initiative and expand our partnerships to elevate the profession with international standards.” With Mr. Applegate assuming the role of Board Chair-Elect, NCMA is poised to further enhance its programs and standards, ensuring that practitioners receive unparalleled support and opportunities for professional development and certification. The entire NCMA community eagerly looks forward to the transformative leadership that Mr. Applegate will bring to the organization. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – www.ncmahq.org – has grown as a professional society whose mission is to collaborate towards a globally recognized contract management profession that strengthens its nexus with related acquisition communities. Serving approximately 20,000 members in both the public and private sectors, NCMA propels the growth, advancement, and impact of practitioners through a steadfast commitment to serve through the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. Contact Details National Contract Management Assocation Holly DeHesa +1 281-865-3296 holly.dehesa@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org

March 26, 2024 06:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Classiq Advances the HPC Quantum Computing Stack by Integrating Classiq’s Engine with NVIDIA CUDA-Q

Classiq Technologies

Classiq, a leader in quantum computing software, today announced it is integrating Classiq’s software with the NVIDIA CUDA-Q platform, which was announced by NVIDIA at its GTC conference last week. This integration facilitates a streamlined process for researchers working with CUDA-Q to generate, analyze and execute quantum circuits. It supports a wide range of quantum applications, including simulations and machine learning​​. The Classiq true compilation technology enables quantum circuit synthesis that automates the implementation of quantum programs. This capability enables the development process for quantum software and ensures that the generated programs are finely tuned for execution on a broad range of quantum hardware, as well as NVIDIA GPUs. Previously, NVIDIA, Rolls Royce and Classiq demonstrated a breakthrough in quantum computational fluid dynamics (CFD) by designing and simulating the largest quantum program to date. Classiq also launched a Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center in collaboration with NVIDIA. “Classiq’s technology lies at the heart of quantum computing and provides a powerful conduit between high-performance computing (HPC) users and quantum computing implementation,” said Nir Minerbi, CEO of Classiq. “We’re well-known for our popular quantum development platform, and this integration demonstrates Classiq’s focus on ensuring today’s CUDA-Q and HPC users benefit from seamless access to automatic production of optimized quantum and hybrid quantum-classical algorithms.” Classiq is leveraging its technology to bridge HPC and quantum computation. From simulation to deploying hybrid quantum-classical algorithms to enhanced data processing, this convergence is accelerating as the two advanced computation sectors grow closer. Classiq provides the ideal combination of libraries, functions and automation to support this hybrid HPC-quantum computation space. HPC and quantum computing are increasingly connected through the deployment of hybrid algorithms, co-location of hardware and an emerging talent pool of expert hybrid developers. Classiq makes quantum computing tools more accessible to the global research community, addressing the need to tackle complex problems across various domains such as healthcare, materials science, engineering and finance​​. Meet Classiq next at the International Supercomputing 2024 conference running May 12-16th in Hamburg, Germany. About Classiq Classiq Technologies, the leading quantum software company, provides an all-encompassing platform (IDE, compiler and OS) with a single point of entry into quantum computing, taking users from algorithm design to execution. The high-level descriptive quantum software development environment, tailored to all levels of developer proficiency, automates quantum programming. This ensures that a broad range of talents, including those with backgrounds in AI, ML and linear algebra, can harness quantum computing without requiring deep, specialized knowledge of quantum physics. Classiq democratizes access to quantum computing and equips its users to take full advantage of the quantum computing revolution, including access to a broad range of quantum hardware. Classiq’s core technology, algorithmic quantum circuit compilation, is engineered to power the quantum ecosystem of today and the future. Classiq works closely with quantum cloud providers and advanced computation hardware developers providing software for use with quantum computers, HPC and quantum simulators. Backed by powerful investors such as HPE, HSBC, Samsung, Intesa Sanpaolo and NTT, Classiq’s world-class team of scientists and engineers has distilled decades of quantum expertise into its groundbreaking software development platform. Follow Classiq on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter) or YouTube, join the Slack community, or try the Classiq platform. Contact Details Rainier Communications Michelle Allard McMahon +1 781-718-3248 classiqPR@rainierco.com Company Website http://www.classiq.io/

March 26, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAVEX 2024 Global Incident Management Benchmark Study Reveals Significant Third-Party Reporting to Companies

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NAVEX, the global leader in integrated risk and compliance management software, has released its 2024 Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report. The annual benchmark report offers valuable insights into workplace culture, analyzing trends from 1.86 million global reports spanning thousands of organizations that together employ more than 50 million employees. Amid a record number of tips to the SEC and a burgeoning DOJ whistleblowing program, NAVEX’s comprehensive analysis sheds a critical light on the state of workplace environments worldwide, guiding organizations toward program improvement. "NAVEX remains the gold standard in risk and compliance data analytics, continually innovating our benchmarks to enhance corporate compliance programs and offer business leaders insights into the trending risk areas for their organizations," says NAVEX Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Carrie Penman. "This year's report introduces crucial third-party reporting insights, highlighting an organization’s need to adopt internal and external reporting avenues to bolster integrity, foster accountability and equip the organization to tackle emerging challenges effectively.” This year’s analysis of the data revealed several key themes and notable findings, including: Report volume and case substantiation reach milestones. Internal reporting programs saw a record level of use as measured by NAVEX’s Reports per 100 Employees metric. In addition, the Substantiation Rate metric reached an all-time high, meaning more reports were received and more were found to be true. Report volume, and the substantiation rates of the reports received, are two of the most highly watched metrics in the annual NAVEX publication. To see both reach the highest levels ever is good news. For those with trusted and effective internal reporting programs, this added up to greater visibility into the trends of risk, ethics and culture playing out in their organizations’ operations – real-time intelligence to inform business decision-making. In 2023, organizations received a median 1.57 Reports per 100 Employees across their internal reporting systems, exceeding the previous record of 1.47 set in 2022. More organizations (23%) received five or more Reports per 100 Employees, making this population the largest in the NAVEX data set. And while year-over-year values fluctuated, every size of organization – from the smallest companies to enterprises with over 100,000 employees – has seen report volumes rise comparing 2021 and 2023. At 45%, the overall median share of substantiated or founded reports in 2023 reached an 11-year high. Third parties more likely to report business integrity and financial misconduct issues. In a first for this report, NAVEX analyzed its database by both employees and third-party reporters. Its analysis shows these two groups are distinct across several metrics, highlighting the insight organizations see by promoting their reporting programs internally and externally. Third parties as a group delivered a far greater median share of reports related to Business Integrity matters than employees in 2023 (50% versus 17%). Encompassing topics like conflicts of interest, vendor issues, fraud, global trade and human rights, this category of issues can manifest in various elements of a supply chain. Third-party reporters also showed twice the median share of Accounting, Auditing & Financial Reporting reports as employees in 2023 (10% versus 4.5%). Story emerging on accounting-related reporting – internally and externally. Accounting-related reports -- while lower in overall percentage of reports received internally by organizations at a median of 4.3.% in 2023 -- often receive an outsized share of attention due to potential for regulatory action and the well-publicized bounty program offered by the SEC and its Office of the Whistleblower. The SEC's program is witnessing unprecedented growth in tips and generously rewarding valuable information. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice is launching a similar initiative. Specifically, reports related to Accounting, Auditing, and Financial reporting: Showed the longest time between when an incident was observed and when it was reported to the organization By a large margin, were least likely to be reported anonymously Comprised an outsized share of cases for organizations that receive very few Reports per 100 Employees – meaning while these organizations received well below the benchmark number of reports, they had a much more significant percentage of accounting-related reports Experienced the longest time to investigate and close the case Had among the highest median Substantiation Rates, at 50% Were most likely to cause an employment separation event as a result of a substantiated case Accounted for twice as many of the reports submitted by third parties than those submitted by employees Small increase in report volume shows big payoff in healthy report mix. A diverse array of topics, inquiries, and allegations in internal reporting indicates a robust program. NAVEX’s findings reveal that even minor efforts to promote internal reporting significantly improve the mix of report types received. For instance, in organizations with the lowest report volume, only 8.7% of reports pertain to HR, Diversity, and Workplace Respect. However, in the next tier, this proportion jumps to 36.3%. This trend persists across different report volumes, emphasizing the importance of fostering a reporting culture. A varied mix of report types signifies trust in internal reporting to address a broad spectrum of issues. Even a slight increase from minimal reporting yields a more comprehensive and insightful flow of reports. "With NAVEX's integrated data platform, companies gain unparalleled risk signal data that empowers them to foster healthier workplace cultures, helping them achieve outcomes that matter most,” explains NAVEX Chief Product Officer A.G. Lambert. "Data isn't just numbers; it's the compass guiding organizations toward success and ensuring they stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of risk and compliance." Additional notable findings include: Workplace behaviors and discord were clearly visible in the data as more organizations return to office environments. As is always the case in these reports, workplace behaviors and other human resources related matters are by far the highest percentage of reports received by organizations. Workplace Civility matters continued to increase in prominence in 2023, representing a median of 18% of reports and the highest median reporting rate in 2023. This was followed by Discrimination, at a median 12%, Harassment, at a median 7.1%, then Retaliation at a median of 2.0%. The HR, Diversity and Workplace Respect category overall has seen a multi-year increase in its median share of all reports (from 50% in 2021 to 55% in 2023). These figures underscore the growing importance of fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment. Highlighting the seriousness with which organizations are taking reports received, more substantiated reports (18%) resulted in separation from employment in 2023, up significantly from 14% in 2022 and 12% in 2021. The share of reports resulting in no action – effectively the opposite end of the outcome spectrum – fell from 17% in 2022 to 14% in 2023. Nearly nine out of 10 reports of Imminent Threat to a Person, Animals or Property were substantiated in 2023 highlighting the importance that reporters possess the training, knowledge, tools and trust that promote rapid reporting of dangerous issues. This need is made even greater by a new California workplace violence prevention law expected to take effect this year that includes requirements for reporting, incident management and training around this issue. For more insights on the 2024 Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report, join Jane Norberg, Arnold & Porter partner and former chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower, Keith Thomas, FedEx corporate integrity & compliance lead counsel, Carrie Penman, NAVEX chief risk & compliance officer, and Anders Olsen, NAVEX senior data scientist, for an informative webinar where they will discuss the results of this year’s analysis in detail. Watch the webinar here. NAVEX is trusted by thousands of customers worldwide to help them achieve the business outcomes that matter most. As the global leader in integrated risk and compliance management software and services, we deliver solutions through the NAVEX One platform, the industry’s most comprehensive governance, risk and compliance (GRC) information system. For more information, visit NAVEX.com and our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact Details Navex Global scott.levesque@navex.com Company Website https://navex.com

March 26, 2024 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Contact Details News Media Group Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

March 25, 2024 01:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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