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This month we have seen increased sanctions against Russia, arising from the crisis in Ukraine. For companies doing business in Russia or dealing with Russian companies, the need to build sanctions checks and controls into their compliance programmes has become all too apparent. We have also seen increased prosecutions of banks and logistics companies for alleged money laundering and lack of controls around shipments of certain products. Regulators are pushing the boundaries to increase obligations for companies. Now, not only must companies comply with the law, they are also bound to not ‘look the other way’ or ‘turn a blind eye’ to the reality of what is happening. These cases are making companies consider their role in the public eye; not just their role to strictly follow the law. Scott Lane, Editor in Chief