CRI Group participated in the 2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum last 30 and 31st of March in Paris, France. It is the premium public event on integrity and anti-corruption worldwide, bringing together relevant policy communities as well as the private sector, government, non-governmental organisations and academia.
This year, the conference focused on taking integrity to higher standards: “Corruption and abuse of public office are a blight on democracies and a drain on public finances. With trust in government flagging in many countries and voter disillusionment on the rise, raising standards of integrity is more important than ever. Government ministers, business leaders and civil society representatives were discussing issues including the cost to society of corruption, the use of political donations to buy influence, developments in corporate liability for graft, and the role of export controls to counter bribery”.
The two-day Forum included sessions on various aspects of the anti-corruption fight and highlighted the importance and urgency to act as Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovak Republic, who declared “Corruption is the cancer of today's world” and mentioned the cost “as per European Barometer EU, corruption costs the EU economy 120 billion EUR per year.”
Corruption was pictured as an elephant in the room – an obvious problem which requires more discussions and actions to take. Arely Gómez González, Minister of Public Administration of Mexico underlined that in certain parts of the world, starting with her own country, corruption is a common issue for people, “33% of Mexican citizens have found themselves in a corrupt situation”. She added that legal reply won’t be enough and “Cultural change is most important to address systemic corruption and rebuild trust”.
After all inspiring and informative speeches and discussions, Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, concluded: “Discussions have demonstrated that we must go beyond treating corruption as simply the act of bribery. We must go beyond transparency. Rendering info public is not sufficient – we must focus on effective accountability”.
It has become critical to ensure that we are going in the right direction – more and more companies are focusing on anti-corruption strategies for their firms and CRI Group is here to support them and enhance worldwide economic cooperation and development.
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