For more than a year, France has been working on improving its legislation to enact a new anti-corruption law in order to reach the same standards as the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act or the Brazilian Clean Company Act.
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I cringe when compliance teams rely solely on Google to investigate and make decisions.
The Olympics are on and everywhere I go people are excited and inspired. I personally feel that just by watching, I'm part of something great.
Local firms in emerging markets are often highly attractive to multinationals looking for new suppliers and partners. Those local firms, many of them mid-sized, see joining a global value chain as a key step for survival.
ISO 37001-- a new standard for anti-bribery management systems -- slated to be published in late 2016, is expected to be more detailed and internationally recognized than similar guidance published to date.
One of the threshold questions for a company considering the engagement of a government official is whether the engagement is needed for legitimate purposes. If the company cannot articulate an adequate and appropriate business justification, there is a risk that the engagement may be sought or undertaken for a corrupt purpose.
The last five years have seen a dramatic shift in the transparency environment, in a trend that began with Wikileaks launching the Arab Spring, and which is now reaching fruition in the vast data leaks from Luxembourg, Unaoil and Panama. Companies can no longer reliably distribute information as they choose, or maintain control over its interpretation.
The Unaoil scandal has again brought FCPA due diligence to the forefront. Specifically, the question asked of compliance officers is, “How much due diligence is enough?”
Shruti Shah on the U.S. response to the Panama Papers: A step in the right direction but more action is needed
The massive leak dubbed the Panama Papers has given the UK Anti-Corruption Summit on May 12 an unexpected boost. Those coming to the summit, now including the U.S., are lining up to make announcements about the steps they are taking to tackle corruption and specifically financial secrecy.