National Compliance Officer Day | September 26
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On September 26th, National Compliance Officer Day recognizes the professionals who oversee the regulations, policies and procedures of an organization, ensuring it conducts business ethically. Legally, these professionals carry a heavy burden.


Businesses, non-profits and government organizations employ Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers, or similar high-pressure positions. These professionals not only oversee these organizations’ policies but also respond to allegations of misconduct and evaluate procedures. They make changes when necessary. Additionally, they collaborate with teams to contribute to making the best decisions for the business to maintain compliance.

Compliance Officers require the ability to understand complex issues and promote ethical behavior. Business environments continually change.  A compliance officer responds to those changes appropriately. Often their fast-paced schedules involve a high amount of risk and stress. They are responsible for protecting and watching over thousands of employees. While they may not have superpowers, Compliance Officers are all superheroes in the eyes of the organizations they protect.

It’s the risk of violations, and the financial and reputational damage that accompanies them, that makes Compliance Officers so important. Organizations value their analysis and ability to identify those risk factors. A Compliance Officer’s ability to help prevent expensive ethical and regulatory violations preserves an organization’s reputation and more.


Recognize your Compliance Officers for their dedication to doing the right thing and shaping the culture of your organization.

Use #ComplianceOfficerDay on social media to give a shout out to the ethics and compliance professionals in your organization that help you do the right thing. Stay compliant, and make ethical decisions. Join the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn and visit to read more about this day. 


sailogoSeptember 26th is the first day of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics 15th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute where SAI Global launched National Compliance Officer Day. SAI Global founded National Compliance Officer Day to honor the dedicated men and women who are the foundation of integrity in a successful organization.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2016 to be observed on September 26th, annually.


September 26th Celebrated History


President George Washington names Samuel Osgood the country’s first postmaster general. Osgood served in the post for two years.


David Saylor received the first patent for portland cement in the United States, (Patent No. 119,413). The businessman and innovator established the Coplay Cement Company along with Esias Rehrig and Adam Woolever in 1867. The kilns used to produce the cement still stand in Coplay, PA.


President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Trade Commission Act creating the Federal Trade Commission.


Cunard-White Star Line’s RMS Queen Mary is launched and christened.


Presidential nominees Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy square off in the first televised debate in the United States.


The Beatles release their final album, Abbey Road. Songs featured on the album include “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun.”


The supersonic airliner, Concorde, completes its first non-stop transatlantic crossing. It took off from Washington, DC, and landed in Paris in the record-breaking time of three hours 32 minutes.


Four men and four women enter Bisospere 2 as part of a two-year experiment. The self-contained and airtight structure is located in Oracle, AZ, and consists of 7,200 square feet of glass.

Making sure everyone gets their java break, Macmillan Cancer Relieve (UK) hosted the largest simultaneous morning coffee break. In over 26,000 meetings around the UK, 576,157 people broke the organizations previous record.

September 26th Celebrated Birthdays

John Chapman – 1774

The itinerate naturalist, also known as Johnny Appleseed, planted and cared for fruit trees all across the eastern half of the United States.

Ivan Pavlov-1843

The Russian physiologist earned The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1904 for his study of the physiology of digestion. He is also well-known for developing the theory of conditioned response.

Mary Russell – 1865

The Duchess of Bedford took an interest in aviation in her 60s and when she began flying earned the nickname “Flying Duchess.” Before becoming a pilot, the dutchess was known for her service during World War I.

Edith Abbott – 1876

In 1924, Abbot became the dean of the University of Chicago, the first woman named to the position at a major U.S. university. However, she is best known as one of the pioneers of the field of social work.

Bill France, Sr – 1909

The race car driver founded NASCAR in 1948.

Kathryn Vonderau – 1927

Considered one of the best catchers in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, Vonderau played from 1946 to 1953. In 1952, she led the Ft. Wayne Daises to the League Championship. She also played exhibition games in Cuba.

Mary Brave Bird – 1954

The Sicangu Lakota writer, activist, and educator served in the American Indian Movement. Also known as Brave Bird participated at Wounded Knee and the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. She published her story in the book Lakota Woman.

Serena Williams – 1981

The successful tennis player has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

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