Digitalisation is changing the ways we communicate, how we work and how we do business. Digitalisation is enabling innovation, making processes more efficient and creating new business models. Smart production processes and big data offer lots of potential for sustainable economic growth. Digitalisation has also significant implications for the area of compliance and business integrity. Moreover, the need to fight corruption is also reflected in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Target 16.5 calls for a substantial reduction of corruption and bribery in all their forms.
Advanced technology is enabling new risk management tools to monitor and detect fraud automatically. Digital solutions are improving third party due diligence and allowing to track and strengthen compliance in global supply chains. E-tenders and e-procurement tools offer win-win situations for the public and the private sector by increasing the quality of public services and levelling the playing field for businesses. Furthermore, technology is enabling compliance officers to get more information about compliance risks and to communicate rules and regulations more effectively. However, staying compliant while making use of new technologies can also prove challenging. Data protection and privacy are set to be key topics in the coming years as companies are increasingly making use of smart devices and big data. Furthermore, companies face higher expectations from customers and regulators with regard to transparent production cycles and compliance in global supply chains.
This conference aims to reflect the international relevance of taking action against corruption and support the implementation of business integrity on the ground providing a platform for a global exchange of knowledge and good practices.
The conference will be held in English.
Digitalisation is an opportunity for the public and the private sector to strengthen integrity. As processes become digital, they become also more transparent and more efficient. A practical example is e-customs that can significantly decrease the time and resources spent on clearing products through customs while simultaneously decreasing the risks of bribery and facilitation payments. This is a win-win situation for both the public and the private sector. While the opportunities are manifold, so are the risks. The rapidly growing amounts of data collected about customers and business partners raise privacy concerns. Incoherent regulation across countries may create additional costs for businesses that have to adapt to legal systems that are not inter-connected. Furthermore, the possibility to track all business processes in real time raises questions of how we can collect the right data to design effective checks and balances without causing an overkill of control.
Moderation: Sherbir Panag, Partner, Law Offices of Panag & Babu
Digital solutions such as e-customs and e-procurement provide opportunities to restructure trade and customs processes to make them more efficient and less susceptible to corruption. Digitalisation is therefore an important tool for governments that seek to step up efforts to establish good framework conditions for clean business and to attract foreign investment.
Furthermore, digitalisation equips large companies with a new tool to track and improve compliance in global supply chains and to automatise customs procedures. However, challenges remain, notably for small and medium-sized enterprises that are the backbone of the global economy and often still lag behind with regard to compliance standards or struggle with electronic processes such as e-customs.
Moderation: Mattia Wegmann, Programme Manager, Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ
Organised in cooperation with the Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
Corruption is often seen as slowing down economic growth; while simultaneously it is considered that digitalisation stimulates economic growth. How can the agenda of digitalisation be shaped in order to enhance clean business conduct? And who is shaping it?
Digitalisation will profoundly change the work and tools of compliance officers. Experts predict that smart algorithms that automatically monitor and detect fraud will increasingly carry out the tasks of the compliance officer. The overflow of data available makes it difficult for compliance officers to cut through the complexity and to select the right data to make meaningful decisions.
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Start-ups and technology companies disrupt entire markets with innovative ideas and creative solutions. However, often questions are raised concerning the compliance standards in start-ups and technology firms. The enforcement authorities do not differentiate between long existing and newly founded companies. Furthermore, customers of start-ups often place special importance on integrity and transparency.
Moderation: Nandini Sharma, Network Manager India, Alliance for Integrity
Digitalisation is presenting the public sector with an entire toolkit to create enabling framework conditions for clean business and to improve public services, such as e-procurement, e-tenders and online registers. However, implementation into practice bears challenges and pitfalls.
Moderation: Daniela Patiño Piñeros, Coordinator of Institutional Relations, Fight against Corruption, Labor Standards and Reports, Global Compact Colombia
Director, Alliance for Integrity
Commissioner for the Private Sector and Local Authorities, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Wagner de Campos Rosário
Minister, Brazilian Ministry of Transparency, Supervision and Control
Dr. Christoph Beier
Vice-Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Director Compliance Officer,
Member of the Board, Transparency International
Chief Integrity Officer, Vesta
Chief Implementation Support Section Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Dr. Mike Falke
Head of Section Governance and Human Rights, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partner, Law Offices of Panag & Babu
Fernanda Cabral de Melo Oliveira
Co-Founder, Imagina Você
Network Manager Ghana, Alliance for Integrity
Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance / Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance
Jorge Bermúdez Soto
Comptroller General, Chile
Programme Advisor, Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption, Governance and Peacebuilding Team,
Bangkok Regional Hub,
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Facilitation Sub-Directorate, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, World Customs Organization
Vice President Customs & Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express Europe
Programme Manager, Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ
Prof. Dr. Tobias Keber
Chair, Institute for Digital Ethics, Stuttgart Media University
Head of the Legal and Compliance Department for Latin America, Staples
Head of Compliance & Forensic, KPMG AG / Head of Working Group Digital Transformation, DICO e.V.
Dr Jan-Hendrik Gnändiger
Accountant Compliance & Forensic, KPMG AG
Global Head of Risk and Compliance, OLX
Member, Victoria 147 / Co-Founder, DITEM
Head of Corporate Affairs and Administration, Public Procurement Authority Ghana
Head of the Public Procurement Unit, Public Governance Directorate, Public Sector Integrity Division, OECD
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