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Is a tip a bribe?

By Jean-Pierre Méan  Published on Tuesday October 2, 2018   Usage with respect to tipping varies widely from country to country. In certain countries it is not required but expected, in others, it is not expected and rarely practiced and in yet others it is taken for granted and may even be added to the bill of foreigners expected to forget it. The amounts of tips also vary widely and go from rounding up the bill to 10, 15 or even 20%. Some see the origin of tips, at least in North America, in slavery. According to this theory, after the civil war, freed slaves were often hired in...

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TI’s Report on the enforcement of the OECD Convention is out

By Jean-Pierre Méan  Published on Tuesday September 18, 2018   Transparency International has just published its 2018 Exporting Corruption Report on the enforcement of the OECD Convention. This is the 12th edition of this report that has been published annually from 2005 to 2015. Although all countries to the OECD Convention have enacted legislation that has been considered to fulfill the requirements of the Convention (except for Peru that joined the Convention in July 2018 and Argentina and Ireland that will undergo a further review of their legislation in 2019), the level of implantation...

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Conflicts of Interest and Corruption

By Jean-Pierre Méan  Published on Tuesday September 4, 2018   The Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has recently published Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in Enterprises. These guidelines, as well as other publications of the ICC, are particularly interesting because they reflect the consensus of a large number of experts and organizations from the business community. In this respect, the business world appears to have been and to remain at the forefront of fighting corruption, ahead of many states parties to the...

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Corruption and Governance

By Jean-Pierre Méan  Published on Tuesday July 3, 2018   For those who are involved in combating corruption on a daily basis, it is necessary to go back to the basics once in a while and to raise the question: Why is it that corruption is something worth fighting against? In the modern State, government derives its legitimacy not from a divine mission (as used to be the case in the European monarchies) but from a delegation of powers from the people, in what has been termed a social contract. Since it is obviously not practical for all citizens, millions of them, to exercise the state power...

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Primer on ISO 37001

  By David Simpson Published on Tuesday June 12, 2018   Watch David Simpson’s Primer on ISO 37001! David Simpson was and is still closely involved in the development and the implementation of the Standard.       Do you want to contribute to the blog? Please have a look at our Blog Guidelines...

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ISO 37001, boosting the effectiveness of anti-bribery and corruption efforts

Interview of Jean-Pierre Mean, made by by Mark Dunn in Anti-Bribery And Corruption (March 29, 2018) Published on the LexisNexis blog on Tuesday May 22, 2018   Jean-Pierre Mean is an anti-corruption lawyer who played a leading role in the development of ISO 37001, a recent global standard by which companies can measure their anti-bribery and corruption policies. He is now leading the working group which looks after the implementation of the standard. Mr. Mean invited LexisNexis to speak with him about the standard at his Geneva home, just a stone’s throw from the famed Swiss lake. There, he...

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