OECD/ACN Expert meeting on Assessing corporate anti-corruption compliance

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OECD/ACN Expert meeting on Assessing corporate anti-corruption compliance

March 26

OECD Anti-Corruption Division organizing on 26 March 2024, at the margins of the 2024 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (GACIF), at the OECD Headquarters in Paris A Workshop on Assessing corporate anti-corruption compliance programmes, which will bring together public and private sector stakeholders, as well as civil society and academia to take stock of approaches and methodologies for assessing corporate anti-corruption compliance measures, and to examine the challenges faced when assessing the effectiveness of these measures.

 

Assessing the effectiveness of corporate anti-corruption efforts is a challenge for both governments and companies. It is essential for governments to effectively assess corporate anti-corruption programmes when granting incentives to ensure these are given to deserving companies. Similarly, companies want to ensure that their investments in anti-corruption compliance measures are effectively fostering a culture of integrity within their organisation.

 

In 2023, the OECD mapped out government incentives for corporate anti-corruption compliance and worked with UNODC and UNGC to update the 2013 Resource Guide on State Measures for Strengthening Business Integrity. The revised Resource Guide highlights the importance of ensuring that governments can accurately assess corporate anti-corruption compliance programmes when granting incentives to promote business integrity and calls for further cooperation between governments and private sector practitioners to identify good practices to measure effective anti-corruption compliance.

To respond to this, this expert meeting will take a deep dive into the issue of assessment of anti-corruption compliance, and will seek to:

  • identify considerations that could be taken into account by governments when developing approaches for evaluating and accounting for corporate anti-corruption compliance measures, in particular for the purpose of granting incentives ;
  • map existing case studies and methodologies for assessing anti-corruption compliance programmes employed by OECD and non-OECD countries, MDBs, companies and other relevant entities (i.e. investors, stock exchanges and professional associations) ;
  • examine how to assess the impact that corporate anti-corruption compliance has in preventing, detecting, investigation and remediating corruption.

 

This meeting is part of the Assessing Compliance Programmes workstream, which takes place under the US-funded Global Initiative to Galvanize the Private Sector as Partners In Combatting Corruption (GPS).

It builds on the standards of the 2021 OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation, which encourages law enforcement and other government agencies to provide guidance on assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of corporate anti-corruption compliance measures when using incentives for fostering anti-corruption compliance. The Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance, annexed to the 2021 Recommendation, also highlights the need for companies to ensure the effectiveness of their anti-corruption compliance programmes.

Based on a Consultation paper, this meeting will invite experts to discuss good practices, experiences and challenges faced in working on assessing the effectiveness of corporate anti-corruption compliance. These discussions will inform a report taking stock of the approaches, challenges, and methodologies for assessing corporate anti-corruption compliance measures.

 

Participants

 

The discussion will bring together government officials, including representatives of law enforcement and other government authorities, as well as companies, legal and compliance professionals, civil society, academia, and various international organisations.

 

Details

Date:
March 26

Venue

Paris
Paris, France