June 2009 (#99)


In this update:

  • Reserve Bank to Come Clean
  • Canberra Event a Big Success – TI Pacific Regional Program Forum, Canberra
  • CEO Cobus de Swardt in Melbourne
  • CEOs call for greater adherence to UN anti-corruption Convention
  • Companies can curb corruption risks with updated anti-bribery framework
  • NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption celebrates 20 years of operation
  • COMING EVENTS

Reserve Bank to Come Clean

Big questions raised by recent press attention about the use of overseas agents by Reserve Bank subsidiary will require further attention.

Canberra Event a Big Success – TI Pacific Regional Program Forum, Canberra

The recent workshops in Canberra organised by Transparency International for representatives from 19 chapters from the Asia Pacific region built enthusiasm in all participants. The Forum also raised the profile of Transparency International within Australia.

CEO Cobus de Swardt in Melbourne

The Chief Executive of Transparency International from Berlin accomplished much on his visit to Melbourne during May.

CEOs call for greater adherence to UN anti-corruption Convention

Transparency International notes that Chief executives from some of the world�s leading companies have called on governments to more effectively implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the CEOs threw their support behind the world�s only universal anti-corruption instrument, stating that it �holds the promise of curbing corruption and creates a level playing field for all participants in the global economy�. They praised the Convention, describing it as �an essential instrument in the fight against corruption�, but they underlined the need for the establishment of an implementation review mechanism at the next Conference of States Parties to be held in Doha in November 2009.

Companies can curb corruption risks with updated anti-bribery framework

The 2009 edition of the Business Principles for Countering Bribery has been released by Transparency International. As the risk environment increases for companies worldwide, this is a useful and current tool for companies dealing with the challenge and risks posed by bribery. It contains the latest edition of a multi-stakeholder code which sets out best practice for companies, and reflects recent developments in anti-bribery practice worldwide.

NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption celebrates 20 years of operation

In March 2009, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, the first body of its kind in Australia, celebrated 20 years of operation. On that occasion, the ICAC Commissioner, Jerrold Cripps QC, made a statement arguing that NSW government and courts should take a tougher stance against corruption.

COMING EVENTS

28-31 July 2009: APSACC 2009 – Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference: Taking Responsibility, Fighting Complacency, Brisbane