B20 task force on improving transparency and anti-corruption, 26 April 2013
Jointly organized by the Russian Presidency of the G20 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Third Annual High-Level Corruption Conference for G20 Business took place on 26 April 2013 in Paris.
The B20 Task Force on Improving Transparency and Anti-corruption is a unique opportunity to bring business and governments from developed nations and high growth markets together over a common issue of critical social and economic concern.
The conference drew on priorities laid out in the 2013-2014 Anti-Corruption Action Plan and Business 20 (B20) Recommendations to Governments. Representing ICC, Erik Belfrage, Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption Chair, underscored how concrete ICC tools for training and capacity building help companies to fight corruption.
Further agenda topics included:
- Enhancing the dialogue between B20 and G20 and strengthening the role of the B20
- Combating solicitation of bribes
- Increasing training and capacity building in companies, SMEs and of public officials
- Encouraging Collective Action in the fight against corruption
- Assessing the B20 Task Force implementation phase and actions for the second half of 2013
The conference was jointly organized by the Russian Presidency of the G20 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with support from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In addition to Mr Belfrage, key participants included: Alexander Astapovich, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP); Andrei Bougrov, RSPP; Brook Horowitz, Business Standards and Regions Director, International Business Leaders Forum; Massimo Mantovani, General Counsel Legal Affairs & Senior Executive Vice President, ENI; Sandy Merber, Counsel, International Trade Regulation and Source, General Electric; Viviane Schiavi, Senior Policy Manager, International Chamber of Commerce; and Lee Tashjian, VP of Corporate Affairs, Fluor.
Input from the task force meeting will be filtered into recommendations for the G20 Leaders Summit. Additional input will be gathered at a follow-up meeting for members of the B20 Task Force on Improving Transparency and Anti-corruption. Ms Schiavi will participate in her role as leader of the work stream on business programmes that build anti-corruption capacity in the value chain.
"ICC was the first organization representing world business to issue anti-corruption rules. The first edition, launched in 1977, laid the cornerstone for ICC's pioneer role of championing business self-regulation to combat corruption."
Erik Belfrage, Chair, ICC Commission on
Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption