Our institute consists of two main sections: The Viadrina Compliance Center is the supreme unit of the institute, whereas the Department of Research for Security Industry and Corporate Security is merged into the VCC.
Viadrina Compliance Center (VCC)
VCC deals with the critical scientific examination of compliance in Germany, but also beyond the geographic borders. We handle compliance in a holistic approach from the perspectives of various disciplines. Compliance means to us more than just meeting the legal requirements of an organization. More and more organizations are implementing compliance systems in order to improve and strengthen their own integrity and reliability, and thus to generate consistent value for the organization and for the society, which the organization is part of. Developments in compliance have led to increasing transparency rates in Germany’s economy, to the fight against economic crime, and it has led to the promotion of value based management. VCC handles compliance from a scientific and multidisciplinary perspective. We combine insights of law, business administration and sociology in a think tank and maintain close contacts to all participants.
Department of Research for Security Industry and Corporate Security (FORSI)
FORSI was established in 1999 by Prof. Rolf Strober as a research centre for the security sector, managed at DUW Berlin, and since 1/1/2015 it has merged as a research department with VCC. It completes the compliance focus of VCC with extensive aspects of corporate security and safety business (Security Compliance). FORSI has been engaged primarily with companies of the security services (guarding and protection companies). These activities are now extended to all operational and entrepreneurial safety aspects (commercial, operational, consultative and infrastructural) - thus FORSI is able to solve security issues from one mould.
The development of FORSI is a logical and necessary continuation of the previously treated legal and security issues, which were in tension between self-responsible private security and security organized under public law. The background for this is that the economic security demands have risen dramatically. The internal and external threats to companies (corruption, espionage, theft, cyber crime, etc.) are increasing, without the whole subject-matter being scientifically analyzed and systemized sufficiently.