The Alliance for Integrity was represented at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) organised by Transparency International in Copenhagen, Denmark, participating in a number of workshops in order to promote integrity in the private sector.
On 22nd October, the Alliance for Integrity’s Director Susanne Friedrich participated in a workshop coordinated by Transparency International's Head of Business Integrity, Katja Bechtel, on ‘Anti-Corruption & Business Integrity: How to Increase the Impact of Separate Initiatives into Coordinated Collective Action’. Susanne Friedrich told the audience about the work of the Alliance for Integrity on the ground in the context of collective action, and the initiative was used as a model to discuss global anti-corruption initiatives. The conclusions from the workshop stressed the importance of collective action, the advantages of closer coordination between different anti-corruption actors and the need for a greater focus on implementation.
During the second day of the conference, the Alliance for Integrity co-organised a workshop entitled ‘Trends in Combatting Corruption with the Private Sector’ along with representatives from the World Bank and the Basel Institute on Governance. The session focused on different perspectives on confronting corruption in the private sector, including the importance of transparency in the public procurement process, the role of due diligence in large-scale investment projects in developing countries, and the use of sanctions and published lists of debarred firms. The two-hour workshop featured a wide range of panellists including Rhoda Appiah from the Public Procurement Authority Ghana and Roro Wide Sulistyowati of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), as well as representatives from the law firm Baker McKenzie and the World Bank Group. Lessons learned included the increasingly crucial role of the private sector as both victim and perpetrator of corruption; the need to measure impact more effectively, to make use of collective action and to engage further down the supply chain (potentially via access to finance); and the potential of ‘success stories’ and digital tools.
In addition to these workshops, representatives from the Alliance for Integrity maintained a stall at the marketplace of the conference alongside other representatives from the German international development cooperation. The stall attracted a large number of visitors, who showed a particular interest in the Alliance for Integrity’s digital platform TheIntegrityApp.
The conference was concluded on 24th October with the reading of a joint declaration summing up the results of the conference and emphasising the commitment of all participants to continue the global fight against corruption, in line with its overarching theme of promoting development, peace and security.
Every two years, the International Anti-Corruption Conference Series brings together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and others to tackle the challenges posed by corruption through debate, networking and fostering cooperation between participants.