Douglas Hileman Consulting LLC (DHC) helps clients with compliance, operations, external reporting, and business strategies. We frequently assist clients in “high stakes” situations, such as meeting compliance requirements for new regulations, assessing risks of new or emerging issues, upgrading compliance or risk management programs, Quality Assurance Reviews for audit programs, or transaction or integration. DHC’s enterprise experience helps clients identify how issues in one area impact other areas of the organization.
Mr. Hileman has experience in compliance, environmental and safety auditing, Internal Audit, supporting financial audits, other assurance engagements (notabley conflict minerals) and operations.
President and Founder
Douglas Hileman is dedicated to helping clients achieve value from sustainability as it applies to their business through the development of key strategies, program improvement and driving performance metrics and business process.
He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for six years, supporting financial audit, internal audit, governance and compliance, and investigation projects. Now, president of his own firm, he draws from 35 years of experience in many aspects of operations, compliance, business strategy, and financial and non-financial reporting to support clients in their needs in the areas of sustainability and audit preparedness.
DHC draws upon a network of professional advisors nationwide. Our network has experience in many industry sectors, and in many of the subject areas and challenges facing our clients.
How we work
At DHC, we frame each engagement by understanding Client needs, including primary and other drivers. We look for opportunities to achieve multiple objectives, both at the outset and throughout an engagement. We help Clients understand, measure, and convey the value of the engagements – and what they do on an ongoing basis.
We frequently use a co-sourcing model with Clients. This offers “the best of both worlds,” leveraging DHC professional experience and insights, and using Client staff and support resources. This provides Client staff with the opportunity to learn on the project. It also has differs from the traditional approach where Clients receive a report – and must then spend time reading and interpreting it, and then develop a plan to take suitable actions. In a co-sourcing model, DHC and Client staff take this journey together. Clients frequently begin to achieve the value of co-sourcing arrangements well before a report is published.
Auditing & Assessments
Value from Auditing Perspectives
We bring experience in a broad range of issues and industry sectors. Our distinctive experience in conflict minerals (IPSAs, per the SEC Rule), environmental management systems, and environmental and safety compliance is unique in the industry. We additionally have expertise in many types of “specialty audits” - audits to terms of consent decrees or contracts, industry standards, and written plans. We have worked with company management, Internal Audit, and audit managers to conduct risk assessments and customize audit criteria. Our service providers are experienced, credentialed professionals with 20+ years of experience in specific areas.
As useful as auditing skills and experience are, we believe that an audit isn’t always the answer to a Client’s need. Clients have found this approach refreshing, and have engaged DHC for audit readiness assessments, training for auditees, compliance support, focused program reviews, or other advisory services.
Business & Operations
Complexity and Transparency
Business and operations are more complex than ever before. This poses risk from operational perspectives. There are increasing demands for transparency and reporting on operations and supply chain– including industry codes of conduct, conflict minerals, anti-slavery, and human trafficking. These demands create risks and challenges for compliance, customer fulfillment, and external reporting. Our professionals work with Clients on many issues in supply chain compliance and risk management, and communications and reporting to customers.
We have developed or revised policies and operational procedures, provided training, and created self-assessment programs to help clients ensure effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
Compliance & Risk Management
Expert Business Advisors
Compliance requirements come in many forms. Some are obvious, such as laws and regulations. Companies agree to other requirements in contracts – with customers, purchases, or sales. Companies create their own requirements with written plans pursuant to regulations, company policies, and procedures. Companies incur compliance requirements via industry standards or widely-adopted practice; these can be a “ticket to entry” simply to compete in business.
The risks of non-compliance are substantial, and growing.