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Why We Should Be Excited About SDG 16

Posted on by Daniel Dudis

On September 25th, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs identify development priorities and set measurable targets for progress that are to be met by 2030. Its Goal 16 — which seeks to promote just, peaceful, and inclusive societies, includes (among other governance-related targets) significant reductions in illicit financial flows, progress on the recovery and return of stolen assets, and substantial reductions in corruption and bribery – fills the lacuna that the SDGs’ predecessor Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had. Read More.

Are settlements a deterrent or a dodge? (FCPA Blog)

Posted on by Jane Hagan

The DOJ has unveiled new guidance to federal prosecutors about bringing criminal cases against individuals in instances of corporate wrongdoing. However, to truly deter wrongdoing, one needs effective enforcement directed at both corporations and individuals. If enforcement action is directed only at corporations, company officers and employees under pressure to meet performance targets will not have a meaningful incentive to refrain from improper conduct. Read more

Corporate Prosecutions: Individual Liability is Essential

Posted on by Shruti Shah

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled new guidance to federal prosecutors about bringing criminal cases against individuals in instances of corporate wrongdoing. The memo states that if a corporation wishes to resolve its own criminal charges and receive any credit for cooperation, it must provide the DOJ with all relevant facts relating to the individuals responsible for the misconduct. Read More


Co-written by Angela McClellan, Senior Global Advocacy Coordinator at Transparency International Secretariat and editor of Can justice be achieved through settlements?

Washington DC, Prince George’s County Maryland, and Arlington Virginia: How Transparent are Their Municipal Contracting Processes?

Posted on by Daniel Dudis

What are your kids eating at school? Is your trash being picked up regularly? In what condition are your parks? Municipal procurement is where taxpayers most closely see how their money is being spent. This spring, TI-USA and students from the American University School of International Service monitored 21 procurements in Washington DC, Prince George’s County Maryland, and Arlington Virginia using TI-USA’s Civil Society Procurement Monitoring Tool. Read More

World Bank Adopts Key Transparency International Goals in New Procurement Policies

Posted on by Daniel Dudis

The World Bank funds 1,800 procurement projects to the tune of US$42 billion in 172 countries, often in challenging environments. It is therefore important to have strong measures to counter corruption. Last week, the Bank announced a new procurement framework that includes many of the recommendations and suggestions Transparency International and Transparency International – USA have been advocating. Read More

107 groups urge World Bank to end anonymity in public procurement (FCPA Blog)

Posted on by Jane Hagan

Transparency International-USA along with Transparency International, Global Witness, the Open Contracting Partnership, Oxfam, Save the Children and 101 other organizations sent a letter to the World Bank Monday asking the Bank to collect and disclose the identity of all legal entity bidders on Bank-financed contracts. Read more

World Bank wants to stop anonymous firms winning contracts (Reuters)

Posted on by Stella Dawson

The World Bank wants all corporate bidders on bank-funded projects to publicly reveal their true owners as a way of tackling fraud and cronyism in government contracts.

“We are asking the World Bank to take a leadership role to prevent the corruption and cronyism that exists in government contracting when politically-connected officials and companies are able to hide their connections behind the screen of an anonymous company,” said Shruti Shah of Transparency International-USA. Read more


Is Your Anti-Corruption Program Effective? (Ethisphere)

Posted on by Jane Hagan

What can companies do to mitigate the impact of a possible industry sweep or a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation? Maintaining an effective and risk-based anti-corruption compliance program before an FCPA probe is the ideal strategy. Companies should supplement internal reviews with independent external reviews on a regularly planned basis. External reviews can help a company take a fresh look at an existing program to learn about weak spots and areas for improvement, benchmark its program against other companies, or undertake a more comprehensive risk assessment. Read more

Treasury Urged to Scrutinize Foreign Real-Estate Buyers for Money-Laundering Risk (The New York Times)

Posted on by Jane Hagan

In a broad show of support for increased scrutiny of foreign real estate buyers in the United States, 17 nonprofit organizations on Tuesday urged the Treasury Department to require that the real estate industry verify the identities of buyers and screen them for potential money-laundering risk.

Shruti Shah, a vice president for one of the organizations, Transparency International-USA, said in a telephone interview, “The U.S. should not be providing a red carpet for dirty money.” Read more

Hidden Buyers of High-End Condos

Posted on by Claudia Dumas

Anonymous companies’ ability to conceal their illicitly obtained gains fuels corruption, breeds instability and diverts resources from those they should benefit.
The first step in stopping this opaque global transfer is the establishment of registers open to the public listing the ultimate owners who benefit from each company, so that reporters, citizens, law enforcement and others can hold those who misappropriate assets to account. Read More.