If 80 billion of bribes are paid in a year (source: Charles Mitchell, A Short Course in International Business Ethics, 2009, p. 29), how close are such payments to your line of work?
Corruption poses a challenge, but because it’s a crime, we can’t talk about it in traditional ways. After all, accepting blame could trigger an investigation, could even lead to prison.
However, there are ways in which we can approach this in workshops: we can talk about example situations, anticipate discussion patterns, if that makes sense, confrontation.
By way of example, we can work through:
- How corrupt payments were wrapped in legitimate names, and processed by unsuspecting staff accordingly?
- How suspicions were first raised: and are there tools to make this task slightly easier?
- As the company worked out what to do about the suspicions, what conflicting interests shaped the discussion?
I have been running these workshops with different groups: Compliance Professionals, legal and commercial, assistants/secretaries (who might have to make tough phone calls) and management (anticipating changes to their strategy). In the workshops I draw on experience from worldwide investigations for corruption offences, as well as from implementing prevention tools in companies.
A workshop run at a particular company is tailored to its needs. In fact, all the materials might be there, it just needs someone to attend the different locations and spend the days and weeks going through the materials with each subsidiary.
Workshops run for individuals from different companies cover a range of subjects, such as:
- Compliance, an introduction, is there a need to ‘take more care’?
- Trouble Shooting: What do I do with my suspicions.
- Specific legislation, such as the UK BA.
An introductory one day workshop will be held on Tuesday 9 April 2013 in the Rhein-Main area, €400+VAT. Click here to book
A two-day workshop will be held on Thurs/Fri 9/10 May in the Rhein-Main area, €700+VAT. Click here to book
It’s clear to me that one of your considerations, looking at dates and prices, will be ‘Will my company pay for me to attend’. Feel free to contact me if the logistics don’t work, let’s see whether we can work something out.
Still not sure whether the workshop is for you? What motivation others have for attending? There is no ‘set amount’ when it comes to pre-knowledge, we just want to assemble groups with similar experience. Here are a few questions to think about when booking the workshops (Or, view the questions as a Lime Survey):
I don’t have any prior experience of anti-corruption work.
I have dealt with anti-corruption measures before.
I want to learn more about possible signs of corrupt relationships.
I want to learn what systems a company should have in place to allow me to react to such signs.
I like it when court cases reveal the non-glossy side of companies (like looking at real hotel pictures on tripadvisor). I think we can all learn from such discovered irregularities: if similar stuff happens at our company, we can say ‘no’.
I want to understand better what factors make it difficult to stop a corrupt business relationship.
I have once negotiated over a payment that I did not think was right.
I have been in charge of a marketing budget and was not quite sure whether the services charged to that budget were all above board.
I want to develop ideas, together with people from other companies, as to how awareness can be strengthened.
I want to learn more about the consequences, if my company gets investigated for corruption.
I want to learn the arguments that I would need to put together a memo on why a transaction/contract should not go ahead.
I want to learn what role anti-corruption awareness can play in HR projects (leadership development, performance assessment).
Agenda for a two day workshop:
- Introductions participants
- Introductions to a case study company engaged in international business
- Detection of ‘signs’ of irregularities
- What should be done? (role play assessing financial implications of different options)
- Developing a plan to improve the anti-corruption alert system of an organisation
- Lessons learned for own organisation.