Innovative Ideas for the Future of the Corruption Prevention Trainings
Buenos Aires, Argentina
This year’s regional trainers and implementing partners meeting of the Alliance for Integrity’s training programme in Latin America, De Empresas para Empresas (DEPE), took place in Buenos Aires. After a warm welcome by Noor Naqschbandi, Director, Alliance for Integrity, Flavio Fuertes, Coordinator, Global Compact Network Argentina as well as the Head of Law and Compliance at the AHK Argentina, Dorothea Garff welcomed the participants. Their welcome was followed by an input of Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, the Head of the Department for Economic and Social Development at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH who encouraged the participants from various Latin American countries to further engagement as trainers and thanked them for their efforts in 2016. He also encouraged the implementing partners to keep up with their important work in order to further strengthen business integrity in the region.
This was followed by a training session on communication theory and practice provided by Bernd Lorenz Walter, Strategy & Communication. Mr Walter started with some theoretical input followed by a practical exercise. At noon, Dr. Volker Treier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Association of German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, gave a keynote speech in which he emphasised the important of compliance in business and thanked the Alliance for Integrity for the cooperation - especially in Latin America. Furthermore, he also thanked the trainers for their commitment.
During lunch time, the participants divided up into five groups. Possible solutions for challenges that the DEPE programme faces in different parts of the world were discussed in each group. Among others, communication with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the acquisition of new trainers, the inclusion of new learning methods, and how to reach new sectors such as public companies, educational institutions, and the public sector with DEPE was discussed. The answers of the participants were very diverse and adaptable to the different regions. It was proposed to work more sector-focused, to develop particular benefits for the participating companies, and to work more in detail with topics such as donations, conflicts of interest, and investigations. Claudia Lorek, Coordinator for Latin America at the Alliance for Integrity, and Sven Biermann, General Manager of HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, moderated the event.
In the afternoon, two groups were formed in order to debate a specific topic each: How can the follow-up process for the participants of the corruption prevention trainings be improved and how can the project become economically sustainable? It was a fruitful exchange as the participants gathered their ideas and exchanged experiences and lessons learned.