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Shareholder and Chair of the Labor and Employment practice area Amy L. Bess commented in The Washington Post on the need for executive disclosure and proper policies in light of the recent departure of outdoor apparel and gear retailer REI’s CEO for failing to disclose a personal relationship with a “leader of another organization in the outdoor industry.”

According to The Post, the inquiry found that no financial misconduct resulted from the relationship. However, Ms. Bess states, “the similarity between the conflict of interest problem here and a personal romantic relationship between a CEO and employees is the need to disclose — that was his biggest problem." Although she noted that she had not seen REI’s policy, “my guess is, like most if not all conflict of interest policies, it requires disclosure if you have a relationship with another party or individual that could reflect even an appearance of impropriety, if not an actual one.”

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