On 9-10 October 2012, the B20 Anti-corruption Working Group met at the OECD in Paris. G20 working group lead representatives, José Salas of the Mexican government and Paul Kett of the UK government were in attendance. The meetings offered an opportunity for both the B20 and G20 Anti-corruption Working Groups to come together in dialogue.
François Vincke, Head of ICC Anti-corruption and Viviane Schiavi, Senior Policy Manager for the Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption, represented ICC at the meeting.
The B20 Anti-corruption Working Group was commended by the G20 Anti-corruption Working Group for its effectiveness and productivity and for its ability to align and coordinate objectives, hailing the ongoing dialogue that took place between the two groups throughout the Mexican G20 Presidency. The renewal of the mandate of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group was welcomed by all and strongly phrased in the Los Cabos recommendations.
The highly praised release of the ICC Anti-corruption Clause was one of the initiatives that drew support at the meeting. Russian G20 Anti-corruption Working Group representatives welcomed the new clause, saying that it aligns with the Russian Presidency's focus on capacity building for SMEs -- an area, it was recognized that ICC with its ICC Rules on Combating Bribery, Anti-corruption Clause and upcoming Ethics and Compliance Training, is particularly well positioned to deliver on. A key issue established in the G20 and B20 Anti-Corruption sessions was SME capacity building for countering corruption through the supply chains, and what government can do to support this.
As of December 2012, it was announced, Russia and Canada will lead the G20 Working Group on Anti-corruption as Co-Chairs.
ICC Anti-corruption Clause
Drafted by experts of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption, and the Commission on Commercial Law and Practice, the Anti-corruption Clause made its debut at the G20 business working group meetings and is designed for inclusion in any contract. The clause is part of ICC's commitment to supporting implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and engaging more actively with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-Bribery Working Group. It delivers a pragmatic response to calls from G20 leaders for the private sector to play an active role in fighting corruptive practices.
The new clause provides a contractual basis for parties to commit to complying with ICC's voluntary Rules on Combating Corruption or to implement a corporate anti-corruption compliance programme. The clause can support both small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinational companies in their efforts to prevent their contractual relationships being affected by corruption.
"The ICC anti-corruption clause is the latest contribution by business to decades of working with governments to fight corruption and its crippling effects on the global economy. ICC considers dealing with corruption an essential component of the plans it is proposing to G20 governments to stimulate economic growth, trade and employment."
Jean-Guy Carrier, ICC Secretary General
"Having first issued anti-corruption rules 35 years ago, ICC is a champion of business action to combat corruption and is well-placed to respond to the G20 call on behalf of business."
Francois Vincke, Lawyer, Member of the Brussels
Bar and Vice-Chair of the ICC Corporate
Responsibility and Anti-Corruption