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World Bank Adopts Key Transparency International Goals in New Procurement Policies

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

Is Your Anti-Corruption Program Effective?

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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. Most companies have adopted anti-corruption compliance programs but many need to invest resources in ensuring that their programs are effective. Read More

Co-written by Claudia J. Dumas, President and CEO of Transparency International

TI releases 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index: Action needed in the U.S. and other countries (FCPA Blog)

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Transparency International released its 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today, available here. The 2014 CPI ranks 175 countries based on the perceptions of public sector corruption. The overall poor scores of countries in the CPI highlights the need for coordinated global action to ensure that corrupt officials are not allowed to conceal and enjoy their illicitly obtained assets in the global financial system. Read more

OECD enforcement grades are in (and still aren’t pretty) (FCPA Blog)

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For the tenth year in a row, Transparency International (TI) has assessed enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (the Convention) and the results are disheartening.

TI’s Progress Report, available here, makes recommendations for both Governments and the OECD Working Group on Bribery, including providing adequate funding and support for enforcement, continuing the rigorous OECD monitoring program, and collecting and publishing data on mutual legal assistance requests relating to foreign bribery. Read more

Stopping the Corrupt: Actions the U.S. Can Take

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The worldwide Transparency International movement is launching a new campaign, entitled Unmask the Corrupt. This campaign is focused on ending the impunity enjoyed by kleptocrats and other corrupt public officials. Read More

Co-written by Daniel Dudis, Senior Policy Director.

Have Great Anti-Bribery Measures in Place? Prove It (TI-USA Quoted)

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Why are so many companies still getting hit with charges even though they are putting measures and programs in place to combat bribery and corruption? The answer, say anti-bribery advisers, is that there is a big difference between adopting a program and ensuring that it is effective. “Just adopting a compliance program is not enough,” says Shruti Shah, senior policy director at Transparency International USA. Read More