8 November 09:00 – 11:00

Collective Action – Making Integrity Work for Business

This year, the conference`s theme “Mobilising People: Connecting Agents of Change” draws attention to innovative approaches to fight corruption. “Collective Action” is such an approach. It encourages stakeholders from the worlds of politics, business and society at large to act collectively and form alliances against corruption, leading ideally to results that no single actor alone would have been able to achieve. The ultimate goal is to create fair and equitable market conditions, the often cited “Level Playing Field”, for all marketplace participants and to eliminate the temptation of corruption for all those concerned. Such approach is in line with BMZ’s new Anticorruption Strategy which highlights the responsibility of all actors – government, business and civil society alike.

The workshop convenes highly experienced change agents that have proven again and again that adding integrity to business is a choice that pays off and that engaging other actors such as governments and civil society makes not just business sense but also leads to solutions that contribute to sustainable development. It convenes change agents that have put deeds behind their words and made impressive progress on anticorruption reforms: the experience of Siemens in establishing an ambitious compliance systems and financing the Integrity Initiative as an incubator of dozens of anticorruption projects worldwide; Tata as a company that puts integrity into practice and is successful doing so and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association, which provides knowledge and thought leadership to shape the future of the ethics and compliance field.

Expected outcome of the workshop: Portray lesson learned as well as concrete suggestions for further collective action activities. Foster a sense of what’s possible when companies get serious about integrity and enrol other stakeholders to work jointly towards a shared vision of integrity.

Session coordinator and moderator:
Ms. Stefanie Teggemann
Head, Anticorruption and Integrity Program
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Ms. Ursula Müller
Department Manager at German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); responsible for Asia/Latin-America; Policy and Organization of bilateral development cooperation
Topic: Anticorruption for development – the role of business and what governments can do.

Mr. Wagner Giovanni
Cluster Compliance Officer Latin America, Siemens Brazil
Topic: Why companies should invest in collective action approaches – sharing Siemens’ experience

Representative from Tata Group, India (tbc)

Topic: Why integrity makes business sense – learning from the trenches

Ms. Maria Sonin
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications at Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA)
Topic: Innovative approaches for integrity in and through business

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