Remarkable Anti-Corruption Framework in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

On September 30, 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the proposed text of the agreement to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new tripartite agreement — still subject to further revision — is comprised of 34 chapters, 11 annexes and 12 side letters, and notably, it covers a chapter alone on anti-corruption, which includes a regional commitment to curb corruption.

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Does External Auditing Combat Corruption?

This paper aims to document whether firms with audited financial statements pay lower bribes to get contracts than firms without audited financial statements. In other words, this study assesses whether external auditing helps combat corruption. 

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Richtlijnen (relatie-)geschenken & gastvrijheid voor lucht- en ruimtevaart- en defensie-industrie

Het International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) heeft onlangs richtlijnen gepubliceerd voor (relatie-)geschenken & gastvrijheid voor lucht- en ruimtevaart- en defensie-industrie. De richtlijnen bieden een wereldwijde standaard voor medewerkers in de lucht- en ruimtevaart en defensie-industrie.

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OECD Consultation on Fighting Foreign Bribery (11 December 2018, Paris)

The OECD Working Group on Bribery (WGB) holds consultations with business, trade unions and civil society every year. These consultations provide an opportunity for the WGB to receive inputs from all the stakeholders that have an interest in its work programme. The consultation will consist of a two hour general consultation on selected issues proposed by consultation partners and by WGB delegations, and will end with a one hour special consultation on ‘Transparency in concluded foreign bribery cases:  How much and what kind?’.  

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The Nexus between anti-corruption and human rights

This study focuses on translating theoretical discussions about the connections between human rights protection and anti-corruption work into practice. Its intended audiences are anti-corruption specialists wishing to know more about what human rights principles and institutions can bring to their work and human rights specialists wishing to build bridges between human rights practice and anti-corruption work.

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Does the FCPA Enforcement Policy really encourage self-reporting and cooperation?

Bribery and corruption violations are often hard to detect. For this reason, the U.S. enforcement authorities typically struggle to produce the right incentives for corporations to cooperate with public enforcement efforts in anti-corruption cases. In November 2017, following the successful implementation of an eighteen-month pilot program, the Trump Administration announced its revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy offers significant benefits to corporations that voluntarily self-report their involvement in corruption, cooperate with the Department of Justice’s investigation, and take remediation actions. However, under the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, corporate recidivists—repeat violators of the FCPA—are not eligible for the policy’s benefits.

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Samenhangende aanpak Huis voor Klokkenluiders internationaal uniek

Nederland is het enige land met een overheidsinstantie die diverse klokkenluidersvoorzieningen combineert, en doet dat voor zowel de  publieke als de private sector. Dat concluderen Kim Loyens van de Universiteit Utrecht en Wim Vandekerckhove van de University of Greenwich op basis van hun internationaal vergelijkend onderzoek naar klokkenluidersinstanties.

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DOJ geeft nieuwe richtlijnen voor compliance monitors in FCPA-zaken (Benczkowski Memorandum)

Op 12 oktober 2018 heeft Brian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), het Benczkowski Memorandum aangekondigd. Dit memorandum heeft betrekking op de “Selection of Monitors in Criminal Division Matters”.

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FIU Casuïstiek: Corruptie in de lage landen

Vorige week doorzocht de FIOD panden op vijf locaties in Nederland. Dit in het kader van een strafrechtelijk onderzoek naar corruptie en verduistering. Samen met enkele anderen wordt een voormalig bestuurder van een uitzendorganisatie en eigenaar van een subsidieadviesbureau als verdachte aangemerkt voor het aannemen van enkele tonnen aan steekpenningen. De voormalig bestuurder zou de steekpenningen hebben ontvangen van de eigenaar van een adviesbureau, in ruil voor het gunnen van opdrachten aan diens onderneming. De hoofdverdachte nam het sowieso niet nauw met regeltjes.

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FIFA - Where Crime Pays

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, universally known as FIFA, was the personal fiefdom of its president, Sepp Blatter, until 2015 when the United States Justice Department indicted dozens of FIFA officials for bribery and corruption. FIFA administers football, known as soccer in Australia and North America, and organizes its immensely profitable World Cup championship once every four years. Tragically, international football has been corrupt for decades, making Blatter and other males at the top wonderfully wealthy. Blatter’s 17 years as president has been characterized as a “never-ending governance crisis”.

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