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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.

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?


What makes the corrupt tick?

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

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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.


How does nepotism relate to bribery?

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

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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

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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…)

Is a tip a bribe?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog | 2 comments

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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%. (suite…)

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

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

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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 of these legislations varies widely. (suite…)

Conflicts of Interest and Corruption

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

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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 OECD Convention or the United Nations Convention against Corruption. (suite…)

Corruption and Governance

Posted by on Juil 3, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

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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? (suite…)

Primer on ISO 37001

Posted by on Juin 12, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments


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.




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

Posted by on Mai 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

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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 explained why the standard has been developed, how governments and companies have reacted to it so far, and how companies will benefit from seeking accreditation.