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Video: How foreign bribery undermines democracy and human rights

Posted on December 21, 2021

Earlier this month, Transparency International and the Global Democracy Coalition Forum co-hosted a panel discussion in recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day, How foreign bribery undermines democracy and human rights: Why more enforcement is needed and victims’ rights should be recognised. The discussion explored the negative impact of foreign bribery on democracy and human rights and […]

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December BPN Update

Posted on December 21, 2021

The December BPN Update is here, just in time for the holiday season. Find out the latest news and events from the BPN, and learn more about the Bribery Prevention Hub in our ‘spotlight’ on case studies. Read here.

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Updated foreign bribery online learning module released

Posted on December 15, 2021

The Attorney-General’s Department has launched a revised version of its foreign bribery online learning module. This short interactive training module provides industry and government with information about Australia’s anti‑bribery regime including relevant laws and where they apply, what conduct can constitute a bribery and who is a foreign public official. The module also outlines steps […]

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Launch of revised OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation

Posted on December 15, 2021

The OECD has launched new guidance designed to assist countries and businesses in combating the bribery of foreign public officials. Launched on International Anti-Corruption Day, the 2021 Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions includes the revised Annex II Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance which […]

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Company whistleblower policies falling short

Posted on December 14, 2021

Company whistleblower policies are not meeting the relevant requirements – this is the key message from an ASIC select review of whistleblower policies from public companies, large proprietary companies and trustees of registrable superannuation entities (RSEs). ASIC is calling on CEOs of these entities to review and revise their whistleblower policies to ensure they comply […]

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Serious corruption now targeted under Autonomous Sanction Act 2001 (Cth)

Posted on December 12, 2021

Allens has published guidance to support Australian businesses following the passage of amendments to Australia’s autonomous sanctions framework. The amendments could result in the proliferation of Australian sanctions and more dispersed sanctions compliance risk for Australian businesses. These sanction – which will be applied as economic, financial and trade restrictions – will target serious corruption, serious […]

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International Anti-Corruption Day

Posted on December 8, 2021

Today marks International Anti-Corruption Day. This year, International Anti-Corruption Day seeks to highlight the rights and responsibilities of everyone – including the private sector – in tackling corruption. Corruption damages businesses – companies that counter corruption also strengthen their brand value, enhance their business performance, and protect their reputation. Governments cannot counter corruption on their own and […]

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How foreign bribery undermines democracy and human rights: Why more enforcement is needed and victims’ rights should be recognised

Posted on December 6, 2021

In recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency International is co-hosting an event with the Global Democracy Coalition Forum, which will focus on the negative impact of foreign bribery on democracy and human rights and the need to remedy the harm to the victims. The panel will present some of the data on enforcement, examples of […]

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New anti-bribery case studies

Posted on December 5, 2021

The BPN has launched a series of new case studies to support businesses working through the challenges associated with preventing, detecting and addressing bribery and corruption. Each case spotlights a different anti-bribery issue or procedure, including: Implementing an anti-bribery and corruption policy Implementing a whistleblower policy Conducting thorough due diligence Facilitation payments Investigating an internal […]

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International Anti-Corruption Day Networking Event – Brisbane

Posted on November 22, 2021

Anti-bribery and corruption compliance is increasingly being recognised as central to the broader ESG agenda as it supports other social, environmental and governance priorities. Yet, knowing how to mitigate bribery and corruption risks while succeeding in business can be challenging, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. The BPN invites you to a special International Anti-Corruption […]

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Australia’s Autonomous Sanctions Framework – Changes on the Horizon

Posted on October 25, 2021

The Australian Government has committed to amending the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth) to introduce a worldwide sanctions regime by the end of the year. This regime, which will impose sanctions on serious international offenders regardless of where in the world their conduct occurred, will target both human rights abuses and wider ‘thematic’ international issues, including grand […]

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WEBINAR: Risky business – Harnessing culture to combat corporate crime

Posted on September 15, 2021

Join speakers from industry, academia, government, and civil society, as we discuss the role of organisational culture in preventing crime and promoting responsible business conduct. All businesses have an opportunity to leverage their culture to combat corporate crime. This event will focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and how businesses working with SMEs can […]

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Launch of new ASIC immunity policy

Posted on September 6, 2021

Failure to implement and maintain a culture of compliance can lead to a range of corruption risks to a business not limited to bribery. Businesses should be aware that where market misconduct has occurred (as a result of dishonesty or other types of deceptive conduct), there are incentives available for certain individuals that reveal suspected […]

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August BPN Update

Posted on August 17, 2021

The August BPN Update is here. Find out the latest news and events from the BPN, and learn more about the Bribery Prevention Hub in our ‘spotlight’ on whistleblowing. Read here.

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Blog: Why fostering a speak up culture makes good business sense

Posted on August 17, 2021

Sylvain Mansotte, CEO & Co-founder of Whispli In 2012, I received a call from the newly appointed Chief Procurement Officer of a large Australian-based construction company to assist in building a new function. I jumped at the chance, and one of my first priorities was to understand my new employer’s third party spend profile. Within […]

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2021 Australian Dialogue on Bribery and Corruption

Posted on July 20, 2021

Join members of the BPN at the 2021 Australian Dialogue on Bribery and Corruption, 9 – 10 August 2021, online, co-hosted by the Global Compact Network Australia and Allens. Day 1 (free) offers participants an opportunity to hear international and national leaders in anti-bribery and corruption, and compliance and governance, speak about the benefits of implementing a comprehensive […]

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SDG16 at the intersection of anti-corruption and human rights

Posted on June 18, 2021

In case you missed Bribery Prevention Network members speaking about SDG16 at the intersection of anti-corruption and human rights at this year’s UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, you can watch this session here. Thank you to Rachel Nicolson (Allens), Serena Lillywhite (Transparency International) and Willem Punt (ANZ) for sharing your insights on how corruption and […]

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BPN to speak at UN Global Compact 2021 Leaders Summit

Posted on June 10, 2021

Join anti-corruption and human rights experts and BPN members Rachel Nicolson (Allens), Serena Lillywhite (Transparency International Australia) and Willem Punt (ANZ), along with Global Compact Network Australia’s Director and Chair of Business and Human Rights Vanessa Zimmerman at the UN Global Compact’s 2021 Leaders Summit for a conversation on SDG16 at the Intersection of Anti-Corruption and […]

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New anti-corruption guide for junior mining companies

Posted on June 9, 2021

This week Transparency International Australia launched its anti-corruption guide for junior mining companies. This guide supports junior miners to manage risks during licensing and permitting processes in high-risk jurisdictions. Access the guide here.

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BPN acknowledged at UNGASS 2021

Posted on June 7, 2021

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, acknowledges the work of the Bribery Prevention Network in supporting Australian businesses to prevent, detect and address bribery and corruption at this year’s special session of the United Nations General Assembly which focused on anit-corruption.

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Posted on June 2, 2021

Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme and the Worley Foundation invite you to the launch of the Anti-Corruption Guide for Junior Mining Companies. Tuesday 8 June online via Zoom 5:00 – 5:45PM AEST (Melbourne) | 9:00 – 9:45AM CET (Johannesburg) Please register via Eventbrite The guide helps junior miners manage risks during licensing and permitting in high-risk jurisdictions, […]

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Online symposium: Anti-corruption and the Asia Pacific Region

Posted on April 8, 2021

This online symposium is for policymakers, professionals, students and citizens interested in updating their understanding of key challenges and solutions for public integrity and anti-corruption in the post-COVID world. 14 April, 11.00AM – 5.00PM AEST. This event will explore the following topics: Different post-COVID? The international outlook for anti-corruption in 2030 Corruption and Integrity in the […]

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Business Integrity Trends in Asia Pacific: Beyond the Covid-19 Crisis

Posted on March 31, 2021

Hear James Campbell, BPN Steering Committee member and Partner in Disputes and Investigations at Allens, speak at the OECD Business Integrity Roundtable about the positive impact of the BPN (at 16 minutes). This event brought together representatives from different sectors to discuss innovative anti-corruption initiatives that can help companies, big and small, weather the damage […]

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BPN to present at OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum

Posted on March 19, 2021

Join the Bribery Prevention Network (BPN) at this year’s OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum. The Forum that will take place virtually from 23-25 March 2021. The theme for this year’s forum is Leading through the Crisis: Integrity and Anti-Corruption for a Resilient Recovery. Hear from Willem Punt – BPN Steering Committee Member and Anti-bribery […]

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Transparency International launches its 2020 Corruption Perception Index

Posted on February 19, 2021

The Transparency International landmark annual report, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide. It assesses the level of public sector corruption in each of the world’s 180 countries according to data sources from expert independent institutions. The 2020 report was recently released. The past year highlighted integrity challenges […]

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ABC Four Corners investigation uncovers money laundering

Posted on February 17, 2021

The recent Four Corners investigation into Russian influence in Australia has again highlighted the importance of robust due diligence to know your customers, contractors and business partners. Money laundering, lobbying, undue influence and inadequate due diligence all feature in this story. You can watch the episode here, and read the write up on the ABC’s […]

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Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool launched

Posted on February 15, 2021

Transparency International has just launched an exciting new tool, the Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool. The tool helps mining companies evaluate and strengthen their anti-corruption controls and procedures, with a specific focus on project licensing, permitting and acquisitions. With indicators selected from close to 40 international best practice standards and frameworks, this online and interactive […]

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Enactment of new Commonwealth money laundering offences

Posted on February 9, 2021

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020 was passed by Parliament on 3 February 2021. These reforms include new money laundering offences designed to address the behaviours of modern money laundering networks, including entities that launder the proceeds of foreign bribery. The OECD Working Group on Bribery has found that a substantial amount of […]

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Invitation: Launch of the Transparency International Online Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool

Posted on February 8, 2021

This week the Transparency International Accountable Mining Programme launches its Online Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool. Join the launch online on 10 February at 5pm AEDT by registering here. The Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool helps mining companies evaluate and strengthen their anti-corruption controls and procedures, with a specific focus on project licensing, permitting and […]

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Celebrating International Anti-Corruption Day 2020

Posted on December 8, 2020

Transparency International Australia reflects on 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on bribery and corruption risks. This blog post tracks key developments in anti-corruption in Australia over the course of 2020, and highlights the importance of COVID-19 recoveries that are guided by the principles of transparency, accountability and integrity. This includes ensuring that due diligence […]

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Brisbane man arrested, two international warrants issued in foreign bribery investigation

Posted on November 20, 2020

Last month, following a nine year investigation into foreign bribery, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) made one arrest, and issued a further two arrest warrants, in relation to the Leighton Holdings case. This longest running foreign bribery investigation in Australia’s history relates to two crude oil contracts made in 2010 and 2011 between Leighton Offshore […]

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Commonwealth Integrity Commission consultations

Posted on November 10, 2020

The Australian Government is undertaking consultations on its proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) and supporting draft legislation. The proposed CIC would acts as a centralised, specialist centre investigating corruption in the public sector and would established as an independent statutory agency, led by the Integrity Commissioner and assisted by the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner and […]

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Bribery Prevention Network launches in Australia to protect business community

Posted on October 21, 2020

Australia’s top ASX-listed companies, government organisations and civil society organisations have joined forces to launch the country’s Bribery Prevention Network, aimed at supporting businesses to prevent, detect and address bribery and corruption. The Bribery Prevention Network brings together business, civil society, academic institutions, and government. Hosted by Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) – the local […]

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Australian Law Reform Commission final report on corporate criminal responsibility

Posted on October 8, 2020

The Australian Law Reform Commission has published the Final Report from its Review of Corporate Criminal Responsibility. The report makes wide-ranging recommendations for a significant recalibration of corporate criminal laws. Some significant recommendations include: Reserving criminal punishment for the most serious misconduct. Creating a single mechanism for holding companies criminally liable for misconduct by employees […]

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Transparency International Australia highlights bribery and corruption risks during a global crisis

Posted on October 7, 2020

Transparency International Australia understands that any crisis can see an increase in bribery, corruption, fraud and misconduct, and the Covid-19 pandemic is no different. Disruption, uncertainty and distraction contribute to an environment in which corrupt actors can take advantage of a crisis for their own benefit. The dedicated landing page will keep you informed of […]

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Launch of

Posted on October 6, 2020

The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre, located within the Attorney-General’s Department, has launched a dedicated website on countering fraud: The website contains a range of tools, resources, and guidance materials designed to support Commonwealth entities to identify, prevent, and manage fraud. These resource will assist Commonwealth entities to: •   Learn what fraud is, why it’s a problem […]

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Bribery Prevention Network featured in UN Global Compact Virtual Leaders Summit

Posted on October 5, 2020

The UN Global Compact Virtual Leaders Summit featured a panel event called the Role of Bribery Prevention and Detection in building partnerships for the SDGs. Featured speakers included Tim Robinson, Chief Compliance Officer at BHP, Greg Hinds, Superintendent at the Australian Federal Police, Serena Lillywhite, CEO at Transparency International Australia and James Campbell, Partner at […]

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Transparency International Australia position on anti-money laundering and the FinCEN Files

Posted on October 2, 2020

Transparency International Australia makes clear the case for strengthened anti-money laundering (AML) laws to stop criminals from profiteering though our financial institutions and the real estate sector. Continuous due diligence must be the bedrock of risk management. ‘Know your customer’ must reach new heights. This means understanding of the integrity, track record, and character of […]

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Transparency International 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) launched around the world

Posted on October 1, 2020

The Transparency International 2019 Corruption Perception Index shines a spotlight on money in politics, political integrity and restoring trust in politics. The report suggests that reducing big money in politics and promoting inclusive political decision-making are essential to curbing corruption. Three essential characteristics that the world’s ‘cleanest’ countries (with a score of 100 being most […]

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Introduction of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019

Posted on September 30, 2020

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 was introduced in the Senate on 2 December 2019. If passed by Parliament, it will make amendments to the substantive Commonwealth offence for bribery of foreign public officials, introduce a new corporate offence for failure to prevent an associate (such as an employee, agent or subsidiary) […]

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Man convicted as part of foreign bribery investigation

Posted on September 24, 2020

In August 2020, following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into foreign bribery in Nauru involving an Australian-based company, the AFP issued a media release reporting that a 46-year-old Sydney man had been sentenced to a custodial sentence of two years and six months. Operation Regatta commenced in 2015 to investigate allegations the director of […]

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