In 2016, after Volkswagen's disastrous emissions scandal came to light, Hiltrud Werner took on the challenging role of Group Audit Director for the company and later as their Head of Integrity and Legal Affairs 

This was no easy task. With the car manufacturer mired in legal and financial penalties, Hiltrud and her team needed to not only investigate the root causes of this ethical breakdown, but they also had the enormous job of rebuilding the culture of the company and restoring global trust in the brand.

Katharina Hefter, leads BCG Risk & Compliance in Central Europe, and worked closely with Hiltrud during the monitorship at Volkswagen. In this episode, Katharina joins us as guest host, and reflects with Hiltrud on that intense time, and how Volkswagen was able to reimagine and transform its culture. It’s a fascinating exploration of how to truly understand risk, reimagining compliance best practices, and how empowerment is the key to creating corporate transparency and trust. 

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BCG on Compliance is a podcast from Boston Consulting Group that explores today’s most pressing criminal trends and how compliance experts are adapting to counter those threats.

As financial crimes become increasingly sophisticated, compliance can no longer be just a checkbox. It’s emerged as a transformative force in every industry, reshaping practices in ethics, risk management, money laundering and cyber security. On BCG on Compliance, we dive deep into the extraordinary minds that are driving that change.

Hosted by Hanjo Seibert, a leading expert in compliance, anti-financial crime and fraud, BCG on Compliance features interviews with heavy-hitters propelling compliance to the forefront of the industry. From crime prevention gurus to ethics champions, we’ll ask provocative questions and bring you rich insights from the global players shaping the future of compliance, all in a dynamic and compact 20-minute episode.

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Info Links:

Hiltrud Werner LinkedIn

Volkswagen website

Katharina Hefter LinkedIn

Hanjo Seibert LinkedIn

BCG LinkedIn

BCG website

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