Compliance & Ethics

Compliance & Ethics

CDM Smith is founded on an un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to in­tegrity and ex­cel­lence. Since the firm’s founding in 1947, we have upheld a policy to conduct all business in a lawful and ethical man­ner. We are com­mit­ted to an en­vi­ron­ment where open, hon­est com­mu­ni­ca­tions are the ex­pec­ta­tion, not the ex­cep­tion. We hold one an­other ac­count­able to live our core val­ues of ex­cel­lence, ini­tia­tive, team­work, shared com­mit­ment and in­tegrity every day.

Our Code of Business Conduct sets forth the guid­ing prin­ci­ples for con­duct­ing busi­ness with the high­est eth­i­cal stan­dards. Every CDM Smith em­ployee and all our busi­ness part­ners have a shared com­mit­ment to meet these stan­dards and con­duct busi­ness with in­tegrity.

CDM Smith also pro­vides an anony­mous re­port­ing sys­tem for ad­dress­ing eth­i­cal con­cerns and ask­ing pol­icy-re­lated ques­tions. The CDM Smith In­tegrity Line is also avail­able to third par­ties – cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers and the pub­lic.

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Meet our Chief Compliance Officer

Who: Beth Colling

Back­ground: At­tor­ney with 26 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness law, risk man­age­ment and com­pli­ance.


  • Served as Chief Com­pli­ance Of­ficer for various international companies, including a publicly traded en­ergy com­pany and a pri­vately held au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­turer.
  • Served as gen­eral coun­sel for a con­sult­ing firm assisting corporations in the strategic development of com­pli­ance pro­grams.
  • Speaker at nu­mer­ous lead­er­ship fo­rums on im­ple­ment­ing legal com­pli­ance mea­sures for multi­na­tional com­pa­nies.
  • Ad­junct pro­fes­sor at the Char­lotte School of Law.

Certifications: Cer­ti­fied in Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional. 

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It's the responsibility of  each of us to conduct business in an ethical and professional manner. At CDM Smith, integrity is more than just a core value, it's the way we operate.
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