Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year's index fall below the midpoint of the Transparency International scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
“Public officials are sometimes offered gifts and hospitality by external stakeholders which it is reasonable for them to accept. This can, however, present a risk of actual or perceived conflicts of interest, and undermine value for money or affect government’s reputation. While most, but not all, cases declared by officials appear on the face of it to be justifiable in the normal course of business, we found some weaknesses in the oversight and control of gifts and hospitality. This needs to be addressed by the Cabinet Office and departments.” - Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, 9 February 2016
Strasbourg / By ETHIC Intelligence
The G20 Anti-corruption Working Group is a standing committee of the G20. G20 leaders established it at the Toronto Summit in 2010 in recognition of the significant negative impact of corruption on economic growth, trade and development. Since then, the work of the ACWG has been guided by two-year action plans that include commitments by G20 countries to ratify and implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption, criminalize and prosecute foreign bribery, and cooperate with other countries to investigate, prosecute and return the proceeds of corruption.
The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions has opened a public consultation on Phase 4 country evaluations for the implemenation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention which will take place on Tuesday, December 9th.
Main authors: Fritz Heimann, Claudia J. Dumas, and Shruti Shah
Contributing authors: Laura B. Sherman and Michael Fine
Philippe Montigny, the President of ETHIC Intelligence, was invited to speak at the Fourth Annual High-Level Anti-Corruption Conference for G20 Governments and Business held in Rome on June 11th. During his panel participation he detailed the terms of reference and processes by which ETHIC Intelligence certifies corporate anti-corruption compliance programs.
The World Bank launched a consultation on the review of its current sanctions system aimed at identifying what works and does not work from the perspective of external stakeholders and seeking recommendations on how to improve the existing system.
The United Kingdom intends moving forward with introducing deferred prosecution agreements, a law enforcement tool extensively used by the United States to prosecute white collar crime.
This Phase 3 Report on France by the OECD Working Group on Bribery evaluates and makes recommendations on France’s implementation and application of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and the 2009 Recommendation of the Council for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Publc Officials in International Business Transactions. It was adopted by the Working Group on October 12, 2012.