Pedro Ruske Freitas on Brazil’s CGU’s Expectations of Compliance Programs [Podcast]


By Adam Turteltaub

At the 2019 SCCE Sao Paulo Regional Compliance & Ethics Conference, we were fortunate enough to be joined by Pedro Ruske Freitas, the Director of Integrity of the Comptroller General’s Office (CGU) in Brazil.

The CGU is a part of Brazil’s executive branch and is, amongst other things, responsible for the government’s corruption prevention efforts.  It has engaged extensively with the business community and worked very hard to support compliance efforts, even sending some of its people to the SCCE Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy in Sao Paulo to ensure it fully understood compliance and wrote appropriate regulations.

In this conversation, the Director shares the enormous difference in compliance programs since the adoption of Brazil’s Clean Companies Act.  He also shares the challenges he sees, including a lack of full application of compliance programs and struggles by small and medium-sized enterprises.  In addition, he observes that global companies still need to ensure that they fully localize their program, with messages from both the global and local CEO and codes of conduct in Portuguese.

Listen in to learn more about how to strengthen your compliance program in one of the world’s largest economies.