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Tuesday, November 26 • 16:40 - 18:00
How business can leverage anti-corruption practices to advance respect for human rights

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Session organized by United Nations Global Compact, Global Compact Network Australia, Global Compact Network Brazil, Global Compact Network Colombia, Global Compact Network Germany, Global Compact Network France, Global Compact Network Indonesia, Global Compact Network Italy, Global Compact Network Poland, Global Compact Network Spain, Global Compact Network Switzerland and Alliance for Integrity

This session will explore how we can build on practical, positive and promising examples from the business community that have contributed to the prevention of corruption and human rights violations. UN Global Compact and Alliance for Integrity seek to demonstrate:
  • the direct relation between corruption and the violation of human rights within the private and public sectors;
  • good practices on how companies are reducing risks related to human rights and corruption through the implementation of  meaningful and robust efforts, programmes, and due diligence processes;
  • the importance of the joint work of these initiatives in order to train, inform and highlight good practices of the private sector in this area;
The session complements a session led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on 25 November examining the links between anti-corruption and efforts to promote the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is published annually and ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Overall, the CPI 2018 reflects a subsistent inability by most countries to substantially reduce all forms of bribery and corruption which ultimately affects their ability to promote peaceful, just and inclusive  societies – all of which are covered by Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

There is growing recognition of the adverse and pervasive impact of corruption on the enjoyment and protection of human rights. Corruption has the capacity to directly and/or indirectly contribute to the violation of human rights, especially of vulnerable groups such as women, children and indigenous communities. The scourge of corruption has led to a decline in trust in public and private institutions and, more specifically, material financial and reputational exposure for businesses.

But what do these interlinkages mean for business action? A human rights based approach can be a valuable tool in the fight against corruption, and human rights standards and principles must be reflected in anti-corruption strategies and interventions by both the public and private sector. A multi-stakeholder approach and strong partnerships are key to the success of meaningful corporate action in this space.

This session will explore successful examples of:
  • how codes of conduct and policies can look at this issue holistically,
  • how systems and supply chains can be mapped in a systematic and structured way,
  • how learnings from anti-corruption compliance can be applied to human rights due diligence,
  • how staff can be sensitized in context-oriented trainings,
  • but also how learnings can be applied within SMEs.

About organizers
  • As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.
  • The Alliance for Integrity is a business-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative seeking to promote transparency and integrity in the economic system. To achieve this goal, it fosters collective action of all relevant actors from the private sector, the public sector and civil society. The Alliance for Integrity currently operates from offices in regional hubs in Brazil, Germany, Ghana, India and Mexico; additionally, its compliance training programme is carried out across Latin America.

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Kylie Porter

Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA)
I am the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA); the Australian chapter of the world's largest business-led sustainability initiative, The United Nations Global Compact. I am a responsible business expert with over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs... Read More →

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Satrio Anindito

Program Manager Development - Business & Human Rights, Global Compact Network Indonesia
Satrio Anindito works in the Commissioner’s Office of PT Rajawali Corpora, an Indonesian national holding investment Company operating in diverse industries i.e. hotel & property, transportation, agriculture, mining and IT Services.He graduated International Relations major from... Read More →
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Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles... Read More →
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Daniela Camargo

Focal Point. Human Rights and Anticorruption Coordinator, Global Compact Network Colombia
Gender, Peace building, Due Diligence and SDGs.
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Marco Perez

Network Manager Mexico & Colombia, Alliance for Integrity, Mexico
Business Integrity and Human Rights

Bramantyo Djohanputro

Executive Director, PPM Manajemen
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Raffaele Cutrignelli

Head of Audit and Compliance Officer, Enel Américas

Hanna Machińska

Deputy, Polish Ombudsman

Anahita Thoms

Partner and Head, Trade Practice, Baker & McKenzie

Raphael Lafetá

, Executive Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability, MRV Engenharia
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Jean-Michel Scuitto

Director of Ethics and Anti-Corruption, GSE
In charge of Risk Management, CSR and ethics matters

Tuesday November 26, 2019 16:40 - 18:00 CET
Room XIX