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Second EGM on Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity and Cooperation

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Within the framework of the UNODC/IACA implemented, Siemens Integrity Initiative funded project, Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity and Cooperation, UNODC and IACA organised a second expert group meeting to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge on international good practices on legal incentives and sanctions for encouraging greater corporate integrity, including the encouraging of reporting of corruption. Main topics of discussion were: corporate criminal legal liability, legislation as a tool to encourage reporting, whistleblower programmes, cooperating offenders, and incentive/sanctions schemes, as well as private sector perspectives on methods of encouraging integrity and reporting of corruption internally and externally. The meeting also provided a platform for sharing good practices and case studies on State’s legislation concerning UNCAC articles on: liability of legal persons; protection of witnesses, experts and victims; protection of reporting persons; cooperation with law enforcement authorities; and cooperation between national authorities and the private sector.

 Day One: Opening session: Ms. Elisabeth Taeubl, Policy Advisor, IACA, Ms. Birgit Forstnig-Errath, Corporate Legal and Compliance, Siemens Integrity Initiative, and Ms. Shannon Bullock of UNODC 

The meeting began with welcome words from partners in this project, UNODC and IACA, which were followed by those of the donor, the Siemens Integrity Initiative. The list of participants, including their contact details, is attached.

Ms. Elisabeth Taeubl of IACA provided a background on IACA and their work in anti-corruption. The IACA recently celebrated its second anniversary as an international organization. IACA is a pioneering institution that aims to overcome current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption. In pursuing this aim, the Academy stands as an independent centre of excellence in the field of anti-corruption education, training, networking and cooperation, as well as academic research. It pursues a holistic approach which is international, inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral, integrative and sustainable.

Siemens has launched the global US$100 million Siemens Integrity Initiative which will support organizations and projects that fight corruption and fraud through collective action, education and training. The Initiative will focus on supporting projects that have a clear impact on the business environment, can demonstrate objective and measurable results and have the potential to be scaled up and replicated. Download full ducument

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