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The Global Corruption Index – A new instrument to apprehend the un-apprehensible

By Jean-Pierre Méan Published on Tuesday October 15, 2019     Corruption is a (poisonous) flower that prospers in the dark. Both the act of corruption (in short the granting of an undue advantage in exchange for an improper advantage, the (in)famous quid pro quo) and the fruits of this act are hidden or disguised in order to appear legitimate. This makes it quite difficult to measure corruption even though it is possible to get a general idea of the level of corruption from individual instances where the hydra of corruption has risen its head to the surface of conscious perceptions....

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Whistleblowing in the age of the great divide

By Jean-Pierre Méan Published on Thursday October 3, 2019   When divisions run deeper and deeper in a society, simple principles tend to be obscured by raging passions. This applies to all realms of life, including, as we can observe today, to whistleblowing. When the going gets tough, the toughs get going and the toughs are, more often than not, individuals who only have in common that they have no field experience of whistleblowing. It is therefore necessary to revisit, in troubled times, two principles that must necessarily dominate any whistleblowing scheme if it is to be...

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Best practices on training executives on anti-corruption laws

By Marc Tassé  Published on Tuesday September 24, 2019   Good strategists manage uncertainty by playing the probabilities, but too many executives use wishful thinking when it comes to anti-corruption compliance. Playing the probabilities means understanding the odds of success. Just 1 in 12 companies manages to mitigate reputational risk exposure resulting from non-compliance and therefore this result in a high level of reputational risk exposure. Non-compliance seriously increases risk and liability; depreciates M&A and joint venture value; potentially damages the brand;...

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Establishing a Corporate Compliance Program is no longer “Nice to Have”, but rather a “Must Have”

By Marc Tassé  Published on Tuesday September 10, 2019 Over the last few years we can observe a strong increase of international collaboration in enforcement by various authorities. Not only does this help bring international corruption cases to conclusion more quickly but it also gives a clear message to potential perpetrators: chances of getting caught are increasing. With all the public discussion around corruption scandals and the massive impact that sanctions such as debarments, monitorships, and huge penalties in connection with settlements with global enforcement authorities are...

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Gift and hospitality in Asia: respecting local culture or bribery?

By David Simpson Published on Thursday July 11, 2019     VIDEO – Gift giving and hospitality is such an important part of doing business in Asia – but when does one person’s idea of a gift and/ or hospitality become someone else’s idea of bribery (most notably law enforcement agencies!)?  This video explores how businesses operating in Asia and elsewhere can successfully navigate between respecting the local cultures, while at the same time ensuring that they are in compliance with relevant anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations. It also includes a...

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Launch of the new anti-bribery / anti-corruption self-assessment online tool: where does your organization stand?

By David SimpsonPublished on Tuesday January 29, 2019 InterPraxis, together with the Anti-Corruption Experts (ACE) group are pleased to announce the launch of our new online anti-bribery/anti-corruption readiness assessment tool. This short self-assessment will provide your organization with an “at-a-glance” diagnostic score – to help demonstrate where it stands in terms of its policies, procedures and controls to combat bribery and corruption and its alignment with evolving regulatory requirements and best practice standards. We have developed this tool based on feedback from internal and...

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