A County Experiment in Interactive Compliance
Louis S. Bezich
The Silver Platter Award is a pilot program in Camden County, New Jersey, that applies the theory of interactive corporate compliance. As of this writing, the program is completing full start-up, and, therefore, success cannot yet be measured; however, the program's design and development do offer what I believe is an informative look at this theory. Moreover, Camden County's experiment with interactive corporate compliance is especially important to the advancement of the theory because it is conducted by local government--a level of government that must begin to implement such theories if it is to be truly effective in changing government regulation in the United States.
The Silver Platter program contains the three basic elements necessary for its effectiveness: management commitment, education and awareness, and implementation and control. This voluntary program builds on the traditional regulatory function of restaurant inspection and provides business with an incentive to exceed state- mandated standards. In turn, the county government is provided with a means to increase compliance and reduce costs.
As I will describe, top management from a sample group of restaurant representatives has made a commitment to the program, and some managers have even volunteered to participate in county- sponsored training. Education and training have been built in as