integrity in times of crisis

“We are convinced that collective action is particularly suited to overcome the consequences of the pandemic.”
– Susanne Friedrich, Director of the Alliance for Integrity.

On this topic page we provide information, activities, best practice examples and statements of our partners and supporters on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on business integrity.

The topic page will be continuously updated with new content and material. We invite you to join us in order to overcome the crisis together and to spread the important message that compliance and integrity are now more important than ever.

Our Statement
Quotes from our Partners & Supporters
Best Practice Examples
Articles & Publications

We are in a global crisis that is shaking the very foundations of our society. In addition to health systems, politics and culture, the economy is particularly hard hit. The fragility of global supply chains is evident. Small and medium-sized enterprises are threatened of their existence if orders and supplies are not received.

There are now several challenges to be mastered: In the short term, companies must ensure the health and safety of their employees to work and deliver on set targets. The automation of operations is now a reality for organisations. At the same time, transparency must be created within the supply chain in order to gain an overview of where which materials can be produced and procured. In the medium and long term, the aim will be to make up for the losses suffered and also with the help of governmental programmes to make the economy strong again and better prepared for future crises.

Ethical principles and integrity should be our reference code as we set the course for the society of tomorrow under great pressure. The guiding principles of equal opportunities and participation are more important than ever if we do not want to pave the way for further, possibly even more far-reaching crises.

At Alliance for Integrity, providing formats that support the exchange of experiences and joint learning in dealing with the crisis is at the core of our contribution in these difficult times especially for individuals involved in compliance and business integrity. We are convinced that collective action is particularly suited to overcome the consequences of the pandemic. By sharing knowledge and experiences, we are poised to make better decisions more quickly. Collective action also helps to ensure that actions by governments, businesses and civil society are transparent and can complement each other in a meaningful way for the benefit of all.

We therefore invite you to promote this approach and to actively participate in our virtual activities that you can find on our website and social media channels.

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Osman Abudulai - GCB

Chief compliance Officer, GCB

Osman Abudulai

“Covid-19 has increased compliance risk and stretched business resources, it is in these times that compliance officers and experts must pursue due diligence practices that will help organisations recover.”


 

Abraham Agbozo - Newmont

Compliance Counsel, Newmont

Patrick Kwadzie

“Forging consensus and collective action is needed more than ever in these times to ensure all stakeholders are engaged to promote integrity and compliance in the business ecosystem.”


 

Frank Abdulai Iddrisu - Fidelity Bank

Financial crime investigator, fidelity bank

Frank Abdulai Iddrisu


“Businesses must undertake proactive risk management measures to the red flags in their supply chains in these times, especially as regards third party risks, so as to remain compliant.”


 

Patrick Kwadzie - Kenycorb Ltd. Ghana

Managing Partner of Kenycorb LTD. and Member of the Alliance for Integrity Capacity Building Working Group in Ghana

Patrick Kwadzie

“During this era of slowed down economic activities globally, SMEs need to comply with global as well as national directives on business integrity and collective action measures that promote a responsible business environment.”


 

Helen Amerley Opoku-Agyemang - Guinness Ghana Ltd.

Controls, Compliance and Ethics Director at Guinness Ghana Ltd. and Member of the Advisory Group Ghana

Helen Amerley Opoku Agyemang


“In these disruptive times, we are encouraged to take stock of our business processes with our employees and our supply chains to avoid the temptation of compromise and corruption.” 

 

Frank Owusu-Ansah - Maersk

Central West Africa Area HSSE & Business Continuity Manager, Maersk

Helen Amerley Opoku Agyemang




“All businesses and human are at risk during the Covid-19 pandemics, but threats from Coronavirus had severely exposed leaders and organisations that lack integrity.”

 

Miranda Andamsari - Merck Indonesia

Compliance Officer Indonesia and Malaysia AT Merck and member of the Advisory Group Indonesia

Miranda Andamsari


“During a pandemic, it is important to provide right and transparent information as well as education that leads to encourage all parties including the businesses to be aware and to comply to health guidance and protocols as issued by the competent authorities in order to prevent and/or decrease the spreading of the virus.”

 

Dr. Rajesh Chitre - Merck India

Chief Compliance Officer at Merck India

Dr. Rajesh Chitre



“In such a turbulent situation it is expected of each of us to comply with guidelines issued by authorities. Businesses will have to assure that all prescribed norms are strictly adhered. This will be a great contribution to the society we live in.”

 

Gunawan - Siemens Indonesia

Head of Compliance at Siemens Indonesia

Gunawan




"From compliance perspective, in any situation, integrity and clean business should be our top priority as they are the basis for sustainable business.”

 
Chrysanti Hasibuan-Sedyono



“We believe that a continuous commitment to integrity in every situation, including the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19, is of the utmost importance.”

 

Danang Widoyoko - Transparency International Indonesia

Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia

Dangang Widoyoko



“Transparency plays an important role in mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will create public trust thus generate public participation and this can avoid the worst effects of the crisis.”

 

Georg Gößwein - PLLOB Compliance GmbH

Attorney, independent arbitrator, mediator and managing partner of PLLOB Compliance GmbH

Georg Gößwein
“Covid-19 gives many a different perspective on compliance and integrity. The shift away from mere "paper compliance" towards practiced compliance and integrity is becoming increasingly strong. Nevertheless, the special situation is confronting employees more and more with dilemma situations. The temptation is great to make false "compromises". It is therefore essential, especially at this time, that top management and executives communicate clear messages for good compliance and integrity and themselves act in an exemplary manner. Employees now need simple tools such as formulas for good compliance. These serve as a helpful compass for acting with integrity in an often-complicated regulatory environment.”
 

Dr. Philip Matthey - Traton SE, Germany

Head of governance, Risk & Compliance and Chief compliance officer of TRaton SE, Germany

Philip Matthey


“Covid-19 is a challenge for everybody in our company. Colleagues in home office, some of them only working part-time with limited resources and increasing pressure to stay profitable does not make life easier. The more important it is that we as the Compliance team stay closely in touch with our colleagues to support an all related Compliance matters.”

 

Andreas Melon - METRO AG, Germany

Compliance officer, METRO AG, Germany

Andreas Melon


“Covid-19 makes us as a company rethink the way we work. Administrative hurdles are lowered if necessary, some decisions have to be taken faster and more employees are working remotely. Compliance has to adapt to this new reality of work without falling short of its standards. In times like these, this is the way how we can ensure integrity and quality – towards our customers, our employees and our company.”

 

Meinhard Remberg - SMS GmbH, Germany

General Representative of SMs gmbh & spokesman of dico e.v., germany

Meinhard Remberg

"Effective compliance work also thrives on intensive personal communication. In times of distance and home office this happens only to a very limited extent. Compliance officers must take care especially now that they do not lose contact with employees and thus with the business and related risks."

 

Yorck Sievers - AHK Network, Germany

DIRECTOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS, AHK NETWORK, GERMANY

Yorck Sievers



"The right thing to do for compliance in normal times is not less right in times of crisis. Otherwise we would struggle hard to come back to where we are.“

 

Carlos Francisco Martin Ávalos - AXA Mexico

Compliance and Anti-Corruption Officer at AXA Mexico

Carlos Francisco Martin Ávalos



“I believe that today, more than ever, in the digital age in which we live and facing a crisis that affects us all, we have the opportunity to add our values of solidarity and integrity to the way we do business.”

 

Eugenio Belinchón Gueto - Enel, Chile

Internal Audit and compliance manager at enel chile

Eugenio Belinchón Gueto



“In uncertain times like these, the culture and sustainability of organisations are really put to test. Those companies that are not tempted to weaken their compliance programmes in favour of economic continuity will be rewarded for strengthening their reputation and business models based on integrity." 

 

Lorenzo Berho - Vesta, Mexico

Chief Executive Chairman of VESTA and Vice Chair of the Advisory Group Mexico

Lorenzo Berho



“It is in these extreme conditions of unprecedented crisis that ethics and integrity take on their greatest relevance.”

 

André Bugarim - Parsec Engineering, Brazil

CEO of Parsec Engineering, Brazil

André Bugarim

“Our policy of business integrity contributed to the measures taken to cope with the pandemic.

Already in the process of cancelling activities, we preserved the health of our employees and reaffirmed our social commitment by joining the #NãoDemita (#DontFire) movement. 

It helped us to raise our employees' sense of responsibility through an open approach, offering information and removing doubts without linking this to the conclusion of additional contracts or services. Thus, we showed a real interest in taking the best direction with the client in a transparent way.

We know that negotiations in the near future may be influenced by the great concern of companies to survive. We will stick to our approach, believing that we will benefit from going through this difficult phase in a pro-active manner. Thus, we maintain all the premises for the period of economic recovery.”

 

Mariam Asunción Estigarribia Fernández - Central S.A. de Seguros and Estifer S.A., Paraguay

Mariam Asunción Estigarribia Fernández



“It is in these difficult times that the integrity of organisations is tested the most. How companies act today is how they will be remembered by their members and the society for the rest of their existence.”

 

Asela Fuentes - Allianz Mexico

Internal control and compliance at Allianz Mexico

Asela Fuentes




"Don’t let the crisis put your values at risk and know that integrity will always prevail."

 

Flavio Fuertes - Global Compact Network Argentina

Executive Coordinator of the Global Compact Network Argentina

Flavio Fuertes

“Integrity will be crucial during and after the pandemic. Stakeholders will reward organisations that take comprehensive action during the pandemic without using the loopholes left by legislation to engage in fake deals. Once society returns to a "normal" rhythm of life, stakeholders will reward those organisations that have behaved in the most exemplary manner according to the circumstances. They will gain credibility, access to credit and will have more motivated employees. Integrity is therefore like a compass that will enable companies to steer this storm and to be optimally positioned when conditions return to normal.”

 

Mariano Gojman - Siemens S.A. Chile

Compliance Officer at Siemens S.A. Chile

Mariano Gojman




“When extraordinary measures are taken in emergencies, the role of compliance with local laws and internal company regulations is even more important. The main thing we have to monitor now is the correct handling of employees’ personal health data.”

 

Jenny Marcela Hernández - Telefónica Movistar, Colombia

Compliance Manager at Telefónica Movistar, Colombia

Jenny Marcela Hernández



“The crisis changes us and helps us to evolve. The digital transformation is necessary to maintain compliance. We are faced with a cultural change that challenges us to be active.”

 

Franca Honty - AHK Uruguay

Responsible for Foreign Trade and Sustainability at AHK Uruguay

Franca Honty


“Integrity, ethics and transparency are not topics that are currently fading into the background. On the contrary: they are more present than ever. From this point of view, personal responsibility and ethics, whether in relation to the risk of spreading the disease, caring for others, ethics while working from home or when working methods change very quickly, are now more important than ever. This is now an opportunity to learn, to develop other modalities and to show that integrity is relevant and applicable to all the circumstances in which we find ourselves.”

 

Denise Iwakura - SAP Brazil Ltd.

Field Compliance Officer of SAP Brazil Ltd.

Denise Iwakura


“Compliance professionals must have a very strong sense of empathy during this period of crisis, as well as in the reconstruction of economic activities. The balance between a firm stance and sensitivity will be fundamental for conducting business in an ethical, integral and constructive way.”

 

Jorge García Maciel - AHK Paraguay

Partner and Public Relations Management at AHK Paraguay

Jorge García Maciel


"In these times of crisis, when business activity is significantly declining, we need to strengthen business integrity as a preventive tool that enables companies and organisations to manage legal, contractual and normative compliance well.”

 

Mariana Regueira - AHK Argentina

Ethics and Compliance Supervisor at AHK Argentina

Mariana Regueira



“The global crisis has shown that corruption risks can increase. It is therefore important to strengthen compliance measures and to create a culture of integrity aiming to mitigate risks and to raise awareness of the relevance of adhering to transparent processes. A sustainable business requires that the business purpose is aligned with sustainable integrity values.”

 

Marcela Rodríguez - ZFB Fund, Colombia

Director of the ZFB Fund, colombia

Marcela Rodríguez



“The use of technology and digital innovations enables us to carry out controls and inspections of operations remotely, which I believe is important not only in future, but already today. Technology will be of great importance to ensure that transparency controls continue to be carried out.”

 

Dra. Yolanda Angelina Altamirano Sánchez - Lösung Chokmah, Mexico

CEO of Lösung Chokmah, Mexico

Dra. Yolanda Angelina Altamirano Sánchez


"Adopting a culture of business integrity strengthens the lines of defense in times of crisis and will build the foundation for a shared future well-being.”

 

Cornelia Sonnenberg - AHK Chile

General Director AT AHK Chile

Cornelia Sonnenberg

"The exceptional circumstances caused by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis raise the challenge of maintaining integrity within the work of organisations and companies. Maintaining transparent processes and making decisions in accordance with the principles of the organisation remains at least as relevant as in times of normality. This increases the responsibility of senior management towards employees, customers and suppliers."

 

Ana Karen Tirado - Persé, Mexico

Coordinator aT PERSÉ, Mexico

Ana Karen Tirado




"This pandemic is an opportunity to be better leaders and entrepreneurs, but, above all, better human beings."

 

Pedro G. Gómez Pensado - World Economic Forum

Head of the partnership against corruption initiative, Wolrd economic forum

Pedro G. Gómez Pensado


“Agility in response to the health emergency does not need to be in conflict with the fundamental principles of transparency and good governance.” 

 

Julia Pilgrim - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch at UNODC

Julia Pilgrim

‘’The current global disruption has demonstrated that strong but empathetic leadership, transparency, and open and honest communication can and does encourage compliance with a minimum of enforcement. Such an approach engenders a collective consciousness of the need to act in a way that is good for all as opposed to good for the individual. In the aftermath of the pandemic, governments and businesses must recognize the need to reshape and refocus their approaches to ethics, compliance and integrity, and grasp the opportunities to create a climate that can strengthen trust, relationships and reputations.’’

 

Barbara Schreiner - Water Integrity Network

executive director, water integrity network

Julia Pilgrim

“Integrity matters, especially in a time of crisis, especially in the water sector. Service delivery under emergency conditions can, either unwittingly or deliberately, open the door for corruption, and reductions in accountability and transparency practices that may have been built up over years. We call on governments around the world to ensure that the water sector becomes an island of integrity, during and after this crisis, starting today.”

 

Learn more about best practice examples from all around the world.

Best Practice Overview of the German Global Compact Network

Together against Covid-19! That’s the motto of the German Global Compact Network that provides a list of partner commitments in the fight against the pandemic. Please find the complete overview (in German language) here.

Matchmaking Platform leverist.de

The digital matchmaking platform leverist.de connects companies with business opportunities in development cooperation. In response to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19, the platform is now extended and includes requests and offers from companies – as far as they are relevant to the crisis and development. For more information please click here.

Virtual platform of the Mexican Government #DenunciaCorrupcionCoronavirus

Corruption diverts funds that are intended to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Mexican Government has created a special platform for corruption related complaints caused by Covid-19. Please find the platform (in Spanish language) here!

Recommendations for Compliance Officers (AMPEC)

Our partner AMPEC developed specific recommendations for compliance officers in times of Covid-19. Together, the compliance experts can become guardians of integrity. Read more (in Spanish language) here!

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Discover interesting publications of our partners on current and past crises.


The Compliance & Ethics Blog

To Maintain a culture of compliance in a Crisis environment, communicate

 
 
TO MAINTAIN A CULTURE OF COMPLIANCE IN A CRISIS ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATE

OECD

Policy measures to avoid corruption and bribery in the covid-19 response and recovery

 
 
POLICY MEASURES TO AVOID CORRUPTION AND BRIBERY IN THE COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

UNited nations global compact

Covid-19 impact briefs

 
 
COVID-19 IMPACT BRIEFS
 
 
 

 
 

U4 ANTI-CORRUPTION

Covid-19 and donor financing - Minimising corruption risks while Ensuring efficiency

 
 
CORRUPTION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 : A DOUBLE-THREATH FOR LOW INCOME COUNTRIES

Water Integrity Network

putting integrity and accountability at the heart of government response to covid-19, especially in the water sector

 
 
PUTTING INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO COVID-19, ESPECIALLY IN THE WATER SECTOR

The FCPA Blog

now is the perfect time to expand the role of compliance officers

 
 
NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO EXPAND THE ROLE OF COMPLIANCE OFFICERS
 
 
 

 
 

The FCPA Blog

The oecd working group on bribery responds to covid-19 bribery risks

 
 
THE OECD WORKING GROUP ON BRIBERY RESPONDS TO COVID-19 BRIBERY RISKS

BASEL INSTITUTE ON GOVERNANCE

CORRUPTION IN NATURAL DISASTER SITUATIONS – CAN OUR EXPERIENCES HELP PREVENT CORRUPTION RELATED TO COVID-19?

OECD

Public Integrity for an Effective COVID - 19 Response and Recovery

 
 
PUBLIC INTEGRITY FOR AN EFFECTIVE COVID - 19  RESPONSE AND RECOVERY
 
 
 

 
 

BASEL INSTITUTE ON GOVERNANCE

Here today and gone tomorrow? Integrity and anti-corruption in the private sector post covid-19

 
 
 HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW? INTEGRITY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR POST COVID-19

BASEL INSTITUTE ON GOVERNANCE

Rethinking governance in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic

 
 
RETHINKING GOVERNANCE IN THE TIMES OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

THE GLOBAL ANTICORRUPTION BLOG

Coronavirus and the Corruption Outbreak

 
 
CORONAVIRUS AND THE CORRUPTION OUTBREAK
 
 
 

 
 

Transparency International

Corruption could cost lives in Latin America’s response to the coronavirus

CORRUPTION COULD COST LIVES IN LATIN AMERICA’S RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL

Corruption and the Coronavirus

 
 
CORRUPTION AND THE CORONAVIRUS

U4 ANTI-CORRUPTION

COrruption in the time of covid-19: a double-threath for low income countries

CORRUPTION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 : A DOUBLE-THREATH FOR LOW INCOME COUNTRIES
 

U4 Anti-Corruption

Ebola and corruption: overcoming critical governance challenges in a crisis situation

EBOLA AND CORRUPTION: OVERCOMING CRITICAL GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES IN A CRISIS SITUATION

unodc

Accountability and the prevention of corruption

 
 
CORRUPTION AND THE CORONAVIRUS

U4 Anti-Corruption

Supporting civil society during the covid-19 pandemic

 
 
SUPPORTING CIVIL SOCIETY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
 
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