ETHIC Intelligence hosts its third annual international conference
on corruption prevention Standards and Guidelines

OECD Conference Centre, Paris - Monday, September 10, 2018

ETHIC Intelligence is very pleased to host its third annual international conference on Standards and Guidelines in corruption prevention on September 10, 2018 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. Click below to view photos and videos from last year’s event where experts from business, civil society and government exchanged and debated issues related to the fight against corruption.

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Certification terms of reference

ETHIC Intelligence terms of reference have been designed to incorporate the highest international standards on preventing corruption within organizations.

They include:


Criteria are regularly adjusted in line with the evolution in international best practices, guidelines, recommendations and case law.  


Our Terms of Reference document includes an exhaustive list of questions asked by the auditor during on-site audits. These questions cover all areas of an anti-corruption compliance program, including:

  • Risk assessment
  • Communication and tone at the top
  • Tools/processes in place to prevent corruption
  • Controls and mechanisms for detection and improvement of programs
  • Effective implementation at operations level


Organizations can use our Terms of Reference as a “checklist” to identify areas of their compliance program in need of developing, keeping in mind their particular corruption risk exposure and other specificities. Not all questions will be relevant to all organizations, and ETHIC Intelligence certification always takes into account company specificities such as use of sales agents, countries of operation, size, structure, organization, etc.


Our Terms of reference are available upon request. 

Contact us to request your free copy of our Terms of Reference or to ask us any questions regarding our approach to evaluating corporate compliance programs to prevent corruption.


Take a quick peek! 

Dowload a small selection of pages from our Terms of Reference by clicking on any of the links below:

Full table of contents

Full section on our methodology

Full section on the guidance, legislation and recommendations against which we assess programs

Selection of questions asked during the risk assessment part of the on-site audit

Selection of questions asked during the benchmarking part of the on-site audit



Our approach to anti-corruption programs


Health and safety hazards. Within its terms of reference, ETHIC Intelligence adopts an  approach similar to that of preventing workplace accidents. Industrial companies are quite aware of the importance of clearly informing their employees on workplace safety, of training employees on why certain actions present safety risks and how to avoid these risks, of providing exposed employees with the tools and procedures necessary to avoid hazards (hard-hats, safety goggles, harnesses, etc.) and of continuously monitoring the correct implementation of the procedures.   Such policies are not only (and most importantly) designed to protect the health and safety of employees, but also to reduce company liability in the event of an accident. Liability for a workplace accident can fall entirely upon a company if its health and safety program fails in any of the above steps (information, training, tools, monitoring). The same is true for acts of corruption committed by company employees.  


Corruption hazards. Most of the employees that engage in corruption do so not to further their own personal interests, but because they believe they are furthering the interests of the company. The vast majority of these employees do not receive kickbacks and are not aware of the risks to which they are subjecting both themselves and the company.   It is the company’s responsibility to implement an anti-corruption compliance program in which employees are informed of the importance of preventing corruption, trained on corruption risks and how to avoid them, and provided with tools and processes that can help them avoid such risks.  The program must also include regular checks to ensure that employees understand and apply the policies and processes drawn up to protect them and the company against corruption risks.   As is the case with workplace accidents, companies can be held entirely liable for corruption “accidents” committed by their employees if the company anti-corruption compliance program fails in any of the above steps. ETHIC Intelligence terms of reference therefore include four criteria that cannot be ignored: information, training, tools, control.


More on ETHIC Intelligence certification terms of reference and corruption risk assessments.   An edited copy of ETHIC Intelligence terms of reference is available upon request. 


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