First session of Alliance for Integrity’s and Transparency International’s joint Advisory Group in Brasilia

In Brazil the cooperation between the Alliance for Integrity and Transparency International is highlighted by a joint Governance Structure.

The German Ambassador to Brazil, Dirk Brengelmann, and the Minister for Transparency, Supervision and Control, Fabiano Martins Silveira, opened the event which took place at the residence of the German embassy. In his welcome-speech Ambassador Brengelmann underlined the importance of trust between the different stakeholders in order to enhance integrity and the Minister promised the support of his Ministry for these “important initiatives”.

The newly established Advisory Group is composed of high-level participants from the following sectors and organizations:

  • Private sector: Allianz Seguros S.A., Banco do Brasil S.A., LATAM Airlines Group, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens Brazil
  • Public sector: Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE; Administrative Council of Economic Defense), Ministerio da Transparência, Fiscalização, e Controle (Ministry of Transparency, Supervision and Control)
  • Civil society: Global Compact Network Brazil, Instituto Ethos

The main task of the Advisory Group is to guide the activities of the Alliance for Integrity and Transparency International in Brazil. In the first meeting Reynaldo Goto, Chef-Compliance Officer of Siemens Brazil, has been elected as Chair of the Advisory Group. The Vice-Chair is held by André de Oliveira, President of the United Nations Global Compact Network Brazil. The Presidency represents the Brazilian Advisory Group in the International Steering Committee of the Alliance for Integrity.

The new Advisory Group has already established two working groups highlighting the focus of their work:

  • Business Integrity Country Agenda – headed by Transparency International
  • Strengthening of Integrity in Small and Medium Enterprises – headed by Alliance for Integrity

These working groups are open to other companies and organisations and will develop concrete products reflecting the multi-stakeholder set-up. The measures have one main goal: enabling companies to strengthen their anti-corruption measures and, by this, increasing integrity in the economic system as a whole.

Launch of the Alliance for Integrity in São Paulo

On April 13, 2016, the global initiative, Alliance for Integrity, officially launched its activities in Brazil. The event took place in São Paulo and was attended by over 70 representatives of civil society, government agencies and the private sector.

In his opening speech, Dirk Brengelmann, the Ambassador of Germany in Brazil, acknowledged the efforts of the initiative in “joining and complementing forces” in the promotion of integrity. Following this, Dr. Carlos Higino Ribeiro de Alencar, Executive-Secretary of the Controladoria Geral da União (CGU) spoke about the efforts of the public sector “to create an environment of transparency and integrity”. The country director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Wolf Dio, underlined the relevance of the initiative and gave insights into the activities of the Alliance for Integrity in Brazil, paying particular attention to the Alliance for Integrity’s training programme, ‘De Empresas Para Empresas’. Additionally, Thomas Timm, Executive Vice-President of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stressed the importance of addressing corruption, especially within small and medium-sized businesses.

In the following high level panel encompassing different Brazilian partners of the Alliance for Integrity, challenges and opportunities in the field of anti-corruption and compliance in Brazil were addressed. The Director of the Alliance for Integrity, Noor Naqschbandi, concluded the event by summarizing the tone of the afternoon with a quote of Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”.

First Regional Conference of the Alliance for Integrity in Rio

On November 12, 2015, the Alliance for Integrity, together with the German Chambers of Commerce (AHK) and the local Global Compact Networks in the Mercosur region, hosted its first regional conference “Setting the Stage – Collective Action against Corruption in South America” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 90 participants representing companies, trade associations and civil society from various Latin American countries and Germany, took part in the conference.

The conference was kicked off by Sergio Boanada, President of the AHK Rio de Janeiro, Harald Klein, German Consul in Rio de Janeiro and Noor Naqschbandi, Director of the Alliance for Integrity , who welcomed participants to the event. Key note speaker Thomas Lösler, from Allianz SE, set the tone for the rest of the day, by emphasizing the need to change corporate culture and “join forces” to collectively deal with corruption and strengthen compliance systems that lack effectiveness.

The speakers of Panel I, “Parallel Universes or Melting Horizons? Public and Private Sector Contributions to Compliance in the Corporate Sector”, discussed how to enhance cooperation between both sectors to strengthen compliance. Highlights in this regard were the exchanges between Hamilton Fernando Cota Cruz, from CGU, and Marcio Campanelli, from Petrobras, representing different sides of the spectrum, as well as from Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, from GIZ, Mark Pieth, from the Basel Institute on Governance and Renata Welinski da Silva Seabra, from the Global Compact Network Brazil, who illustrated examples of how collective action and the engagement of civil society strengthens compliance and reduces corrupt tendencies.

The question raised in Panel II was of how global supply chains can become more transparent. Panelists Guillermo Jorge, from the University of San Andres, Reynaldo Goto, from Siemens, Caio Magri, from Instituto Ethos and Luciana Servija, from Embraer, explored the significant business risk posed by corruption in supply chains, the need of due diligence by corporate leaders to avoid such risks, the existence of more stringent corporate liability laws and the cultural differences that represent a key challenge for corporation with global supply chains.

The following panel, “Talk AND Action – Implementing Business Integrity on the Ground”, dealt with the topic of strengthening compliance systems with the DEPE approach, whilst ascertaining that the initiative can make a sustainable contribution to corruption prevention. DEPE trainers Debora Dansker, from Sandoz SA, Fernanda Nan, from SOWITEC group GmbH and Juliano Berton, from Neoenergia, gave insight and exchanged their experiences interactively.

Lastly, Panel IV considered the growing strenght of chambers in corruption prevention. Composed of Anne Decrue Reichel, from the DIHK, Jan Thorsten Kötschau, from AHK Uruguay, and Alexandre Sadler, from FIRJAN the panel exchanged their ideas on their capabilities of knowledge-sharing and tackling compliance differently than companies, through their extensive network of contacts and their characteristic neutral position between companies and competitors.

Hanno Erwes, Director of the AHK Rio de Janeiro and Noor Naqschbandi, Project Director of the Alliance for Integrity, ended the conference by wishing participants much success in 2016 in achieving cooperation and synergies between stakeholders towards the common goal of corruption prevention.

Regional Meeting of the ¡De Empresas para Empresas! (DEPE) Trainers in Rio

On November 11, 2015, trainers of the Alliance for Integrity’s capacity building program ¡De Empresas para Empresas! (DEPE) had the opportunity to meet and discuss the program, which has successfully offered compliance training in the Mercosur region and Colombia. The day begun with inputs by Mark Pieth, from the Basel Institute on Governance, who delivered the key note speech on the importance of credibility when developing compliance systems. He was followed by Marlos Correa da Costa Gomes, from Sistema FIRJAN, who spoke on different aspects of the Brazilian anticorruption law. Lastly, Guillermo Jorge, from the University of San Andres, presented a case study illustrating a proposal for a collective solution dealing with systematic corruption.

Key Note Speech by the Alliance for Integrity at AHK Rio’s Compliance Kick-Off Event

On July 1, 2015 Alliance for Integrity Project Coordinator, Noor Naqschbandi delivered a key-note speech during an international symposium on concept and implementation of compliance practices in companies, organized by Câmara Brasil-Alemanha Rio de Janeiro.

“But why are companies investing in compliance ? Even though avoidance of liability is the main reason there is a positive development: integrity measures are seen as an investment into the future and compliance as a competitive advantage”

The purpose of the event was to present to the public some initiatives that could help managing the corruption risks within an organization, using German experience as an example. The event was part of broader AHK initiative that seeks to promote discussion on corruption related issues within companies in Brazil, to better handle it. The Alliance for Integrity’s key note speech was just another example for the close cooperation between he Alliance for Integrity /GIZ and the AHK Mercosur. The partners also cooperate regarding the compliance training program “De empresas para empresas” which aims to curb corruption in private sector. It envisages transmitting know-how, case studies and theoretical basis by large companies’ employees to entrepreneurs and professionals from SMEs.

“Compliance at a glance” Workshop in São Paulo

On 11 April 2014, the Alliance for Integrity held a Compliance workshop in São Paulo, Brazil. The event was featured by the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, as well as the Instituto Ethos, and allowed a select group of Compliance Managers from different regions to engage in a unique peer-to-peer learning dialogue.