The pilot OECD Business Integrity Roundtable Series (BIR) was held from 24 March – 12 May 2021, bringing together over 1,900 participants in 7 virtual events. The Series included a two-part global roundtable, 3 regional roundtables and 2 thematic roundtables and acted as a forum to promote good practices and catalyse trust in business. Topics covered include business integrity trends, incentives, challenges and innovative approaches to implementation.
Business Integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
This roundtable explored trends and good practices in the region, the role of ombudsman offices, as well as future activities, including ongoing monitoring by the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) and a joint ACN and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) capacity-building project in the region.
Non-judicial mechanisms for remedying solicitation, bribery and corruption
In recent years, a number of non-judicial mechanisms have appeared to provide redress when issues of solicitation, corruption, or other irregularities threaten business integrity. The network of National Contact Points established by OECD and non-OECD countries in connection with OECD MNE Guidelines have fielded approximately 40 specific instances involving allegations of bribery or corruption since 2000. In addition, countries have created Ombudsmen or as well as High-Level Reporting Mechanisms to provide avenues for redress. This event will bring together prominent speakers from OECD and non-member countries, both from the private and public sectors to explore these developments and consider the following questions:
Registered participants will be able to intervene to share their experiences and to raise questions. This event will be held in English.
14 April 2021
Hosted by the OECD and the African Development Bank and building on the OECD/African Development Bank joint initiative to support business integrity and anti-bribery efforts in Africa and the Anti-Bribery Policy and Compliance Guidance for African Companies, this session reviewed actions taken by African companies to promote corporate anti-bribery policies and related compliance measures. It brought together private sector representatives from African and OECD countries, including delegates of business associations and international companies, to dialogue and share experiences. Participants also included international and regional experts.
Incentives for Business Integrity
The webinar brought together prominent speakers from OECD and non-member public and private sectors to discuss the following questions: What drives corporate compliance? Do the reasons differ across regions or between OECD and non-OECD countries? How can we further level the global playing field for companies and to promote integrity?
Enforcement as a driver for compliance
Investor and Market Demand for Business Integrity
Building Integrity Through Supply Chain Engagement
Business Integrity Trends in Asia-Pacific - Beyond the COVID-19 crisis
Since early 2020, the world has been facing one of the biggest global crises in decades, caused by the sudden and rapid spread of Covid-19. Isolation measures, lockdowns and restrictions have presented huge challenges for companies, compounded by economic uncertainty. Southeast Asia is one of the regions where businesses have loaded up on debt and few have a clear picture on how the pandemic will affect their business operations over the coming months and years.
According to the recent report launched by the OECD in partnership with UNDP “Responsible Business Conduct and Anti-Corruption Compliance in Southeast Asia”, 60% of respondents are concerned with being directly or indirectly associated with at least one sustainability risk, corruption being considered the highest risk for companies operating in the region. Furthermore, the impact of Covid-19 on anti-corruption compliance and RBC has also been measured, showing that 58% of respondents feel that environmental, social and/or governance risks have increased as a result of the crisis.
In this context, every decision taken implies a big margin of risk. Society in general, and companies in particular need to stick to the only thing that seems to be certain today, their core values and principles.
This session brought together representatives from different sectors to exchange ideas about innovative anti-corruption initiatives that help companies big and small to weather the damages wrought by the pandemic.
24 March 2021
Business Integrity Trends, Standards, and the Future of Compliance in a Post COVID-19 World
Opening Remarks by Jeffrey Schlagenhauf, OECD Deputy Secretary-General
REPLAY HERE Part 1: Business Integrity Trends and Standards
Moderator: Nicola Bonucci, Partner, Paul Hastings
REPLAY HERE Part 2: Catalysing Compliance in the Post COVID-19 World
Moderator: Mathilde Mesnard, OECD Deputy Director for Financial and Enterprise Affairs
Closing remarks by Drago Kos, Chairman, OECD Working Group on Bribery
Olga Savran, Manager of the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Olga.SAVRAN@oecd.org
Brooks Hickman, Anti-Corruption Analyst: Brooks.HICKMAN@oecd.org
Sofia Tirini, Anti-Corruption Analyst: Sofia.TIRINI@oecd.org