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Blog Editors: Jean-Pierre Méan – Nawal Aït-Hocine – Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent – Francesco Clementucci – Karen Egger

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the individual author in his or her individual capacity and the information herein is not intended to constitute legal advice. Readers are encouraged to seek legal counsel regarding anti-corruption laws or any other legal issue.

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

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Jean-Pierre Méan

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

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Jean-Pierre Méan

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.

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Best practices on training executives on anti-corruption laws

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Marc Tassé

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.

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

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Marc Tassé

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.

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

Posted by on Juil 11, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

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!)? 

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

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

By David Simpson
Published 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.

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How to recognize the tone from the top?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Jean-Pierre Méan

By Jean-Pierre Méan
Published on Tuesday January 8, 2019

There is a wide consensus amongst all those involved in compliance and anti-bribery that the success of an integrity program requires an unflinching commitment at the highest levels of the organization, aka tone from the top, leadership or walking the talk. But what does this commitment consist of and how does it express itself?

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What makes the corrupt tick?

Posted by on Déc 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Jean-Pierre Méan

By Jean-Pierre Méan 
Published on Tuesday December 11, 2018

One of the often cited causes of corruption is that in some (or more than some) countries, public officials need bribes to complement salaries that are hardly sufficient to cover their basic needs.

This may be true to some extent, but it is equally true that, in those countries, public officials enjoy the privilege of having a salary (admittedly not always paid in time and sometime outstanding for extended periods) in an environment where large segments of the population do not.

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How does nepotism relate to bribery?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Jean-Pierre Méan

By Jean-Pierre Méan 
Published on Tuesday November 13, 2018

 

Nepotism (from “nipote”, nephew in Italian) is the practice to favor one’s relatives for appointments to prestigious and coveted positions . It was not infrequent in church circles in the middle ages and until the 16thcentury (especially under the Borgia popes), whereby the term “nephew” may have described a closer relationship than that of uncle to nephew. (suite…)

How to Unmask Phoney Anti-Corruption Measures

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Jean-Pierre Méan

By Jean-Pierre Méan 
Published on Tuesday October 23, 2018

 

With anti-corruption management systems such as ISO 37001 being currently en vogue it is not surprising that some actors may want to use them not as tools to prevent corruption but as instruments to pretend to prevent corruption or to cover up continuing poor practices with a veil of respectability. Here are a few ideas on how to unmask such subterfuges. (suite…)