Since the early 2000s, strengthening integrity has been high on the global agenda, both in the public and the private sector. Business leaders around the world are voicing support for transparency and integrity. Many large companies have started to implement compliance programmes, driven by ever-higher expectations of customers and a trend towards tightening legal frameworks. The increasing importance of strengthening integrity is also reflected on the global level, for example in the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
Collective action, in particular, seeks to leverage this trend by bringing together all relevant stakeholders and providing a forum for dialogue, exchange on good practices and a space to jointly craft innovative solutions to strengthen business integrity. While there has been significant progress, high profile cases of corrupt practices in the private sector keep making headlines. This reveals a need to take stock of existing anti-corruption and compliance measures with a view to their effectiveness and impact.
At the same time, corruption has been largely described as a multi-faceted and multidimensional phenomenon. Strengthening integrity in the economic system therefore requires differentiated strategies according to the concrete context in which corruption occurs. The regional dimension (on this occasion we take a closer look at Latin America) as well as the gender dimension of integrity play a role. The type of company, e.g. state-owned enterprises (SOEs) or small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs), matters, as these groups face different challenges when it comes to strengthening integrity successfully.
What are success factors, what solutions have the potential to be upscaled and what do companies need to do to bring compliance to the next level? This conference seeks to take a good hard look at these questions and to come up with concrete ideas on how we can jointly create, measure and visualise impact.
Who can attend?
The Alliance for Integrity’s Global Conference aims to bring together relevant stakeholders from the private sector, the public sector, civil society, academia and international institutions to enable a global exchange of knowledge, experience and good practices. Participation will be of interest to companies of all sizes, in particular to CEOs, chief compliance officers and executives responsible for wider business integrity issues. The conference will also be of relevance to personnel engaged in anti-corruption issues in government, civil society, development agencies, international organisations and academia.
You can register for the event here.
The conference will be held in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.
Strengthening integrity is vital for sustainable economic development and the achievements of the Agenda 2030 as a whole. Strengthening integrity is also of crucial importance for businesses, leveling the playing field, spurring competition and innovation, and increasing the attractiveness for investment. Although recent anti-corruption efforts show significant progress, documenting and reporting achievements remains challenging. Innovative methods and solutions are required to capture the impact of anti-corruption programmes. Furthermore, there is a need to share good practices: what measures work particularly well and have the potential to be upscaled? How can we collaborate to achieve more impact?
Gender equality is one of the key social issues of our time. Yet in business integrity, gender is only now gaining importance. This is exemplified by the first joint statement on corruption by the Business 20, Civil 20 and Women 20 released in 2018. There is still little empirical evidence on how gender is interlinked with corruption. A review of existing studies suggests that women are differently affected by corruption than men and may also respond to it in different ways. Furthermore, practical experience from the Alliance for Integrity suggests that a focus on female entrepreneurs and compliance experts can lead to concrete progress on the ground.
The OECD promotes transparency and integrity as one of the central topics of the agenda of its members. In addition, the OECD carries out integrity reviews for member and non-member countries, supporting them to achieve the OECD standards. This workshop intends to explain the importance of the mechanisms for the private and public sector as well as the main elements of an integrity review.
Judicial investigations in grand corruption, progressive anti-corruption legislation and even social movements: the fight against corruption is in the center of the public debate across Latin America. For the public sector the investigations and prosecutions of the last ten years promote progressive legislation. On the other hand, large-scale cases of corruption (Odebrecht, Petrobras, etc.) in the private sector have spurred the implementation of compliance programmes and sustainable change in business practices. Civil society has also played a main role in those changes supporting anti-corruption and monitoring the effective implementation of the legislation. Is this a window of opportunity to strengthen integrity in Latin America? How can we collaborate, learn from each other and jointly achieve more impact?
Mitigating corruption risks in businesses is a challenging task. This is especially true for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that face particular challenges such as limited personnel and financial resources to build up compliance programmes. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Nevertheless, there are numerous success stories on the ground that provide valuable lessons for SMEs that are just starting out with corruption prevention. In this practical breakout session, SME representatives will share some of their good practices and lessons learnt on the ground that the audience can implement in their own companies.