Integrity & compliance

Recognizing corruption as one of the G20’s top priorities and acknowledging that it undermines good governance, erodes trust in institutions and hinders sustainable development, the Integrity & Compliance Cross Thematic Group (ICCTG) underscores the urgency of effectively advancing the anti-corruption agenda and expresses its readiness to work towards that end with relevant stakeholders.

Cognizant of the benefits of integrity in terms of reputation and long-term value creation, the ICCTG presents a concrete and innovative contribution to the G20 Argentina 2018 Presidency called “Commitment to Integrity and Ethical Standards” (CIES).  The CIES consists of a set of common values and standards, which promotes a culture of integrity, transparency, accountability and social responsibility, consistent with existing international instruments.  Leveraging on the adherence of G20 Members to several G20 High-Level Principles and international conventions related to integrity and anti-corruption, and on similar commitments by the private sector, the CIES brings together shared values and standards applicable to both sectors.  In this manner, the CIES provides a common basis on which to hold the public and private sectors to account, thereby ensuring a level playing field.  By committing to the CIES, businesses and governments of G20 Members engage in collective action that sets a strong tone in fostering high standards of integrity.  For this reason, the ICCTG seeks the G20’s adherence to the CIES and calls for an enabling environment that upholds education, rule of law and digitalization as the foundation of its execution.

Supporting the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group action plan, building upon the gains of the B20 Germany Responsible Business Conduct and Anti-Corruption Cross-Thematic Group, and promoting the values embodied by the CIES, the ICCTG puts forward the following recommendations:

Enhance integrity and transparency in public procurement with a focus on infrastructure projects

To address the susceptibility to corruption of the public procurement process, this recommendation seeks to establish incentives for companies that adhere to high quality standards of integrity and compliance in the form of an eligibility requirement or affirmative competitive preference, ensure the participation of all stakeholders in the procurement process including maximizing the use of digitalization for this purpose, and promote collective action between the public and private sectors.

Implement high standards of ethics and integrity with a focus on State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

To address corruption risks of SOEs, this recommendation calls on the G20 Members to ensure that SOEs adhere to and disclose high quality standards of integrity and compliance in line with international good practice, and facilitate joint action geared towards building trust and exchanging lessons learned.

Pursue the implementation of beneficial ownership transparency

To deter the wrongful use of legal persons and arrangements, this recommendation focuses on the full implementation of beneficial ownership action plans, the mandating of public registers of beneficial ownership information, and the development of rules for its effective and efficient data handling and exchange.

Giving due regard to actions already taken by the G20 Members, and recognizing the need to monitor advances in the implementation of previous and current G20 commitments related to integrity and anti-corruption, the ICCTG calls on the G20 leaders to entrust the task of developing and applying specific indicators for monitoring progress and measuring impact, as well as publishing results, to multilateral organizations.  Notwithstanding the primary role entrusted to multilateral organizations to carry out this critically important work, business and civil society also play an important stewardship role as partners to provide expertise and catalytic funding for such independent initiatives.

 

 


 

CHAIR:

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George Mandelbaum
CIPPEC
“Much has been said and written about AntiCorruption, and the fact that this issue has come to the Forefront is good news. The challenge now is to propose a pragmatic and precise program that can be implemented world wide to put so many good intentions into doable actions, both in the public as well as the private sector. This is precisely what the Integrity & Compliance Task Force of the Argentina B20 is working on. Certainly not easy - but well worth the attempt to start putting these efforts into concrete actions.”

 

CO-CHAIRS:

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María Elena Casasnovas
Asociación Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresa
"To work in favor of integrity in business requires of participants -first and foremost- a personal commitment to maintain a clear and responsible behaviour founded on solid values, setting a model for the enterprise itself and an example for society. "

 

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Sujata Dayal
Johnson & Johnson
“Integrity and compliance are fundamental to establishing trust with the many stakeholders who are counting on us, and that is why I am delighted to be a co-chair of the Integrity & Compliance Task Force of the Argentina B20. The B20 helps us all advance effective compliance systems and build cultures that embed integrity throughout our practices and operations.”

 

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Jacqueline Donaldson
Nestlé
“Corruption is a multidimensional problem that needs to be confronted at every level, including the private and public sectors, and society at large. We all have a role to play. The B20 ICCTG provides an effective chance to work together and coordinately on an integrated approach to bring institutional integrity and ethics to all such levels.”

 

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Marc Firestone
Philip Morris International
“I am delighted to co-chair the B20 work on Integrity & Compliance and help advance the global anti-corruption agenda. Together with all the co-chairs, Philip Morris International wants to contribute to the B20 policy recommendations and help guide businesses regardless of their size, complexity, and societal challenges.”