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Are companies and executives responsible for human rights violations abroad?

Read latest FCPA Blog post written by our managing director, Gretta Fenner, about the responsibility and possible criminal liability of companies and their officials relating to human right violations allegedly committed abroad. Should a CEO for example step down when a violation of financial or other conduct rules has occurred, which may even make the corporation complicit in terrorism financing or war crimes? Or should prosecution be a consequence of such transgression? Click to read

B20 Anti-Corruption Policy Recommendations handed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel

On May 3rd, 2017, the B20 officially handed over its Policy Recommendations to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The anti-corruption recommendations include calls to establish Beneficial Ownership transparency, as well as to recognize corporate compliance efforts, as the Chair Klaus Moosmayer said "combatting corruption must be a joint effort that addresses both the supply and the demand sides of corruption.” And finally the Working Group called for enhanced responsible business conduct in Infrastructure Projects in order to increase transparency and accountability at all stages of the project cycle in order to mitigate the risk of corruption and increase efficiency.

Identifying key criteria for successful Collective Action initiatives

On Wednesday, 19 April 2017 the Basel Institute in cooperation with Norton Rose Fulbright hosted an insightful discussion as to how to develop a successful anti-corruption Collective Action with peer companies or other stakeholders and how Collective Action can invigorate anti-corruption programmes in markets with systemic corruption.  

Recent examples of Collective Action were discussed, including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Banknote Ethics Initiative and the Tainted Assets Working Group. Panelists gave practical insight into the development of these initiatives and what they see as indicators of success. The panelists included

Collective Action: Externalising your compliance programme

The Basel Institute and Norton Rose Fulbright invite you to join a workshop discussion on how to develop a successful anti-corruption Collective Action with peer companies or other stakeholders and how Collective Action can invigorate anti-corruption programmes in markets with systemic corruption.

The event will take place on 19 April 2017 in London. For registration, please click here

Speakers include:

Rethinking corruption: The Basel Institute at the OECD Global Anti-Corruption-Integrity Forum

From 30 to 31 March 2017, the OECD invites pioneers from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines to share their latest evidence and findings in corruption at the Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum in Paris. Researchers from the Basel Institute will be present to discuss their findings on new approaches to anti-corruption. 

Through research poster sessions, participants of the Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forumare inspired to join the debate for mobilizing integrity data to advance policy insights. The series of poster presentations results from a competitive Call for Papers held by the OECD which will showcase exciting findings on integrity and anti-corruption.

First ever UK conviction of a corporate for foreign bribery in Kenya

The Basel Institute on Governance welcomes the successful conclusion of a case of asset recovery involving the UK and Kenya. The assets in the amount of £2,222,957 were confiscated by Mr Recorder Andrew Mitchel QC in the case of R v Smith and Ouzman. The UK authorities decided that an amount of £349,057.39 should be used to purchase specialised ambulances that were formally handed over to the Kenyan Government on 17 March. The purchase of ambulances with the returned assets meets urgent needs in the Kenyan health care delivery system. This was the first ever conviction for overseas bribery by the UK authorities in what is considered to be a landmark case.

Media release: Luxembourg and Switzerland will return USD 17 million to Peru

The Basel Institute on Governance welcomes the recent decisions by courts in Luxembourg and Switzerland to return almost USD 17 million to Peru in cases related to the regime of former Peruvian President Fujimori. We congratulate the involved authorities in Peru, Luxemburg and Switzerland for the successful conclusion of these 15-year old cases. We are honoured to have been able to support this successful outcome.

Participate in our survey: Do e-government and digital technologies really help to prevent corruption?

The Basel Institute on Governance is conducting a survey addressing corporate perspectives on e-government tools for anti-corruption prevention.

We are writing to ask for your collaboration in sharing your views on this matter. By clicking HERE you can answer the survey anonymously, it will only take about 6 minutes.

NEW job vacancy: Project Manager Basel AML Index, Basel

The Basel Institut is looking for a motivated, internationally minded Project Manager to join our ICAR team and manage and further develop the Basel AML Index. The Project Manager Basel AML Index shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of the methodology and the marketing of the Basel AML Index. S/he will support the Head of ICAR/Managing Director in quantitative and regulatory research on money laundering and terrorist financing risk and will liaise with the Basel AML Index users/clients from the private and public sector. Download full job ad

 

 

International Centre for Collective Action trains Egyptian officials on prevention of corruption

Experts from the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) contributed to the specialized training of officials from Egypt’s Administrative Control Agency, the country’s anti-corruption body. The training, which took place from 12 to 16 February 2017, was organized by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States in partnership with the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET) and the Ministry of International Cooperation in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The objective of the training was to promote the development of anti-corruption prevention strategies, as set out in Egypt’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2014 to 2018.

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