Percentage of legal services FTEs that perform the process group 'manage corporate compliance and ethics program”

This measure calculates percentage allocation of legal services full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) that perform the process group 'manage corporate compliance and ethics program'. The process group 'manage corporate compliance and ethics program' includes [Creating ethics policies, managing corporate governance policies, developing and performing preventive law programs, and managing remediation efforts]. The legal services function includes [Conducting board activities; managing regulatory activities; managing, preparing, and reviewing contracts; managing litigation and dispute resolution; managing outside counsel; protecting intellectual property; overseeing corporate governance; managing the corporate liability insurance program; managing corporate compliance and ethics program.]. This Supplemental Information measure is intended to help companies evaluate additional variables related to the process group "Manage legal and ethical issues".

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Measure Category:
Supplemental Information
Measure ID:
Total Sample Size:
87 All Companies
Key Performance

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Percentage allocation of legal services function FTEs dedicated to the process "manage corporate compliance and ethics program"

Key Terms

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FTE - (full-time equivalent employee)

To calculate the number of full-time equivalents employed during the year for each respective process or activity, you must prorate the number of employees and the hours spent performing each process/activity. Assume that a full-time worker represents 40 hours per week. Provide the average number of full-time equivalents employed during the year for each respective process. Include full-time employees, part-time employees, and temporary workers hired during peak demand periods. Allocate only the portion of the employee's time that relates to or supports the activities identified for an applicable process. Prorate management and secretarial time by estimating the level of effort in support of each activity, by process.

For example, a part-time secretary in the finance department for XYZ, Inc. charges all of his time to finance department activities. He works 20 hours per week. The secretary splits his time evenly supporting employees working in the general accounting process and the financial reporting process. Thus, his time should be allocated by process. So, if he works throughout the year and supports these two processes, his time would be split evenly as:

20hrs/40hrs = .5FTE * 50% for general accounting = .25FTE for general accounting

20hrs/40hrs = .5FTE * 50% for financial reporting = .25FTE for financial reporting

Supplemental Information

Supplemental information is data that APQC determines is relevant to decision support for a specific process, but does not fit into the other measure categories such as cost effectiveness, cycle time, or staff productivity.

Measure Scope

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Cross Industry (7.3.1)

  • 12.4.1 - Create ethics policies (11044)
  • 12.4.2 - Manage corporate governance policies (11045)
  • 12.4.3 - Develop and perform preventive law programs (11046)
  • 12.4.4 - Ensure compliance (11047)
    • - Plan and initiate compliance program (11053)
    • - Execute compliance program (11054)
  • 12.4.5 - Manage outside counsel (11048)
    • - Assess problem and determine work requirements (11056)
    • - Engage/Retain outside counsel if necessary (11057)
    • - Receive strategy/budget (11058)
    • - Receive work product and manage/monitor case and work performed (11059)
    • - Process payment for legal services (11060)
    • - Track legal activity/performance (11061)
  • 12.4.6 - Protect intellectual property (11049)
    • - Manage copyrights, patents, and trademarks (11062)
    • - Maintain intellectual property rights and restrictions (11063)
    • - Administer licensing terms (11064)
    • - Administer options (11065)
  • 12.4.7 - Resolve disputes and litigations (11050)
  • 12.4.8 - Provide legal advice/counseling (11051)
  • 12.4.9 - Negotiate and document agreements/contracts (11052)