Mexico, Mexico City
The Alliance for Integrity has held its Global Integrity Week 2019 from 2nd to 4th April in Mexico City, Mexico, with renewed impetus to engage stakeholders to attain higher impact in the implementation of business integrity.
The activities for the week included various networking meetings for stakeholders, a global meeting of trainers and implementation partners of the Alliance for Integrity's corruption prevention training programme, the Alliance for Integrity's Global Conference “Implementing Business Integrity into Practice – Pathways to Impact” and a meeting of the Regional Working Group for Latin America.
The events provided a platform for stakeholders from the private sector, public sector, civil society, international organisations and academia from over 10 countries to share ideas on how to make higher impact in preventing corruption in the economic system.
The line-up of formal activities began with the meeting of trainers and implementation partners of the Alliance for Integrity's capacity building programme “De Empresas Para Empresas” (from companies to companies). Participants shared their experiences in undertaking the capacity building programme across various countries where the Alliance for Integrity is active and discussed challenges and opportunities in adapting and implementing the training for new sectors. The meeting also provided a platform for knowledge sharing in communication and enhancement of the work of the Alliance for Integrity in around the world.
The meeting of the Alliance for Integrity’s Regional Working Group for Latin America provided an opportunity for members to share knowledge and develop new strategies to leverage opportunities for corporate corruption prevention across Latin America.
The Alliance for Integrity's Global Conference “Implementing Business Integrity into Practice – Pathways to Impact” was the climax of the week and offered speakers and delegates of the respective sessions the opportunity to explore avenues to make more impact in their corruption prevention efforts and communicate the outcomes to their stakeholders.
Panellists in the “High-level Plenary Session: Pathways to Impact” discussed the need to focus on prevention, awareness creation and enforcement in dealing with corruption. They emphasised the importance of collective action by all stakeholders in preventing corruption, applying sanctions and incentives and showcasing the results thereof.
A panel discussion on “Gender and Corruption: Evidence and Impact” was focused on how to address gender-related challenges in anti-corruption in order to create more impact, and highlighted the importance of further research on the topic and the provision of support for vulnerable groups to address the causes of corruption.
The conference also featured parallel breakout sessions on “OECD as an Integrity Promoter: Challenges to the Implementation of the Recommendations”, “Trends in Fighting Corruption in Latin America: Window of Opportunity”, and “Good Practice from the Ground: How SMEs Build up Compliance Capacities”.
The first parallel session highlighted the integral role of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in promoting integrity, focusing on three main pillars: instruments, processes and structures. Panellists in the second parallel session discussed the need for the adoption of integrity as a moral principle and the implementation of international best practice examples in corruption prevention across Latin America. The last parallel session was focused on the creation of integrity programmes in small and medium-sized enterprises with the support of business chambers and tools such as mobile applications, whilst promoting the business case for anti-corruption.
Earlier in the day, Susanne Friedrich, Director of Alliance for Integrity, highlighted the initiative’s work in corporate corruption prevention across the regions it is active in, and entreated stakeholders to strengthen their collective resolve to increase integrity in the economic system.
Dr. Thomas Cieslik, Senior Policy Advisor for Enterprise Development and Sustainable Economy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), who closed the conference, called on participants to be ambassadors of integrity in their respective organisations.
Other high-level speakers who took part in the conference included Juan Ignacio Díaz, CEO, Siemens México; Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros, Mexican Secretary of the Civil Service; Juan Carlos Alverde, CEO, Toks; Oliver Knörich, Head of Economic & Global Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mexico and Wagner Rosário, Minister, Ministry for Transparency and Comptroller General of the Union (CGU), Brazil, who all gave their opinions on how to create impact in the implementation of business integrity measures.
Other activities undertaken at the conference included an exhibition on an award for trainers, and a marketplace for corruption prevention tools from the Alliance for Integrity’s networks around the globe.
The Global Integrity Week 2019 is expected to create new opportunities for the Alliance for Integrity in the implementing countries and regions as the initiative focuses on making stronger impact and lasting interventions with its activities.