At AbbVie, all employees are expected to lead and foster a culture of ethical and compliant behavior. To assist us, AbbVie has an Office of Ethics and Compliance (OEC), which focuses on the development and enhancement of our compliance program. OEC is led by our Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO), who is a member of our senior management and makes regular reports regarding compliance matters to the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, other senior-level leaders and AbbVie's Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee. The OEC staff provides dedicated support to AbbVie's leaders, employees and businesses.
To assist in the implementation of the compliance program, AbbVie has a Business Conduct Committee (BCC) and a U.S. Pharmaceutical Compliance Committee (PCC). Both committees are chaired by the CECO, include senior-level leaders, and are accountable directly to the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. The BCC focuses on the global compliance program, while the PCC focuses on compliance matters relating to the United States. Both committees hold periodic meetings to discuss compliance matters within their respective charters, including adherence to legal and regulatory obligations and commitments, assessment of our compliance program, changes in the legal and regulatory environment, risk areas and best practices, and improvements to the program.
Outside the United States, our Affiliate Compliance Program is managed by local Affiliate Compliance Committees, which are composed of the General Manager and other top executives within a country. Working with OEC staff, the Affiliate Compliance Committees are responsible for the day-to-day function of the compliance program, including monitoring of compliance, providing awareness of and training for the program, revising policies and procedures, and providing guidance to local employees. The committees meet on a regular basis to discuss emerging issues and work with the OEC staff as new compliance and awareness programs are rolled out. Compliance professionals are located throughout the world and provide oversight and guidance to the Affiliate Compliance Committees.