Mexico City, Mexico
On 4 and 5 September, two trainings were organised by Alliance for Integrity in Mexico City. On the first day, 30 compliance experts from the private and public sector, civil society, and international organisations, took part in a Train-the-Trainers workshop, with the principal aim of obtaining tools to share their knowledge especially with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The participating experts came from Monterrey, Sonora, and Chihuahua in the North, and from Nayarit, and Jalisco in the West of Mexico.
During the workshop, the compliance officers from various productive sectors e.g. pharmacy, construction, and electronics received valuable tools and information related to effective implementation of anti-corruption systems in SMEs. The group held vivid discussions on their perceptions and experiences of anti-corruption necessities in their region or sector of work. Therefore, they developed strategies to ensure the implementation of the De Empresas Para Empresas (DEPE) corruption prevention training in other regions of Mexico.
In order to equip the compliance experts with additional tools and communication tips to deliver a corruption prevention training, they participate – as part of their formation – in a DEPE training for SMEs on the following day. It is important for the trainers to obtain tools to manage specific situations and different group settings. Therefore, on the following day, the trainers participated in a DEPE focused on female entrepreneurs.
The Alliance for Integrity is promoting an inclusive way of engagement and therefore identified female entrepreneurs as a target-group that is affected by corruption often in a different way as their male peers. The audience of this DEPE consisted of nearly 20 female representatives of SMEs. The participants shared their experiences in the field of anti-corruption and exchanged experiences about challenges they face in their daily work life. The purpose of this DEPE-format is to create capacities and empower women to face corruption matters through practical solutions for business integrity.
The participants of the Train-the-Trainers found this initiative as an inclusive way to provide SMEs with capacities and be better prepared to manage specific corruption situations. The trainers underlined their motivation to act as DEPE trainers in their regions to enhance the impact of the Alliance for Integrity in Mexico.
The Train-the-Trainers was held by Ariadne Krehovski de Souza, Alliance for Integrity’s Focal Point for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and Marco Pérez, Alliance for Integrity’s Network Manager for Mexico and Colombia. The DEPE for female entrepreneurs was held by Ana Karen Tirado, Enterprise Social Responsibility Coordinator of the Non-governmental Organisation Persé-Fechac Ciudad Juárez, Mariana Suárez, Compliance Specialist at Siemens Mexico, and Carlos Martín, Compliance Officer at AXA Insurances in Mexico.
Author: Brenda Mireles Juárez