Alliance for Integrity piloted its „De Empresas para Empresas“ programme with public companies and starts off into an eventful April

07.04.2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This week for the first time, public enterprises formed the audience of our corruption prevention training “De Empresas para Empresas” (DEPE). This pilot training was organised for the public companies linked to the Ministry of Transport of Argentina and was attended by managers and experts in the fields of public procurement and Human Resources interested in anti-corruption measures. The event took place on 5 April in the premises of our implementation partner, the German-Argentinian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and was organised together with the Global Compact Network Argentina. The Minister of Transport, Guillermo Dietrich, thanked the more than 40 participants for their interest and motivation and emphasised the importance of every single person´s effort in the fight against corruption. The audience also included other public actors interested in receiving and using this training in their entities such as the Anti-Corruption Office, the Cabinet of Ministers and representatives of the governments of the City of Buenos Aires, of the Province of Buenos Aires and of the Municipality of Morón. The training held was very dynamical, interactive and provided practical tools for the participants that will help them to support the implementation of transparency and integrity programmes in their organisations.

The day before, on 4 April, a Working Group meeting of DEPE trainers was held at Trenes Argentinos (ADIF SE). The company's President, Guillermo Fiad, welcomed the trainers and underlined the importance of joining forces and working together to promote transparency and anti-corruption measures. It was the first time that the Working Group met in a public company - another aspect in the process of public and private sector collaboration that has started in the country. The participants (twelve present and two online) discussed the new regulations on anti-corruption, the role of the B20 in Argentina and the new training material for public companies.

Finally, on Friday, 7 April, a new generation of trainers started their training. More than 22 Ethics and Transparency Managers from public and private companies attended the first of two training days in order to become trainers for the DEPE programme and supporters in spreading the knowledge on how to prevent corruption. From now on, the new trainers will be invited to the monthly Working Group meetings in order to contribute to the discussions on corruption prevention measures at legal and corporate-level and to the continuous improvement of the training material that will be presented to a diversity of interested groups. The participants were welcomed by Carolina Echevarría, DEPE Coordinator for Latin America at the Alliance for Integrity, and Dorothea Garff, Manager of the Legal and Compliance Department at the AHK Argentina. On the first day, participants familiarised themselves with the training material, learned how to present it and how to add value by sharing their own experiences. The second day consists of participating in a DEPE for SMEs that will be held together with the Argentinian Chamber of Commerce in Buenos Aires on 21 April 2017.