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This quarterly update offers a snapshot of the news and events of the Bribery Prevention Network (BPN) and spotlights collections and tools on the Bribery Prevention Hub. 

Attorney-General acknowledges BPN at UNGASS 2021

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has acknowledged the work of the BPN 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 anti-corruption.

Watch the Attorney-General's address below. 

New anti-corruption guide for junior miners launched

Transparency International Australia has launched a new 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.

SDG16 at the Intersection of Anti-Corruption and Human Rights

In June, BPN members from the Global Compact Network Australia, Allens, ANZ and Transparency International Australia, contributed to the United Nations Global Compact 2021 Leaders Summit. Speakers explored how human rights and corruption can be addressed in parallel to enable businesses to act responsibly and assist with achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. 

If you missed this discussion, catch up below. 

Heightened anti-bribery and corruption risks are imminent worldwide

A global survey of 200 senior risk professionals has found that 90% expect bribery and corruption risks to remain the same or increase further in the coming year. Challenges posed by COVID-19, such as the digital working transition and cyber security, were also viewed as key factors driving a spike in global corruption. In the Asia Pacific, only 44% of respondents rated their ABC program as highly effective.

To learn more, read Kroll’s 2021 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report here.

BPN Perth Launch

As Australian businesses face increasing pressure to mitigate their bribery and corruption risks, knowing how to reduce these risks, while succeeding in business, can be challenging - particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Perth Launch of the BPN will be an opportunity to meet other business leaders and risk and compliance professionals across various industries facing these issues.

Hear from speakers who will map key developments and highlight resources to help your business prevent, detect and address bribery and corruption:

  • Jeldee Robertson, Financial Crimes Specialist, Australian Federal Police
  • Detective Sergeant Andrea Coleman, Crime, Western Command, Australian Federal Police
  • Sue Wilson, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Iluka Resources
  • Bill Witham, Chief Executive Officer, Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group. Steering Committee Member, Bribery Prevention Network
  • Dean Mitchell, Partner, KPMG Forensic, KPMG Australia. Steering Committee Member, Bribery Prevention Network

Thursday 26 August, 5 - 8pm.

Contact us to learn more.

Governance Institute National Conference

The BPN will speak at this year's Governance Institute National Conference. Register to hear Rachel Nicolson, Anti-Bribery and Corruption Workstream Chair at the Global Compact Network Australia, Partner of Investigations at Allens and BPN Steering Committee member speak about communicating and advancing risk culture.

Coming soon: BPN webinar series

Interested to learn about how your business can prevent, detect and address bribery and corruption? Look out for the BPN's upcoming webinar series.

Webinars will explore a range of issues and practical actions, including how businesses can promote a speak up culture, and how SMEs and corporates working with SMEs can harness relationships within the supply chain to combat corporate crime.

Register your interest here

Why fostering a speak up culture makes good business sense

Sylvain Mansotte, CEO and Co-Founder of Whispli, shares his story of becoming a whistleblower and discusses the benefits of promoting a positive speak up culture within business. Learn why a speak up culture is important, and how it can help your business to effectively detect hidden risks that could impact your brand, reputation and employees’ wellbeing and productivity.

Collection: Whistleblowing 

Build a culture of trust and responsiveness in your organisation. Find guidance on the Bribery Prevention Hub on how to support whistleblowers and establish effective internal reporting mechanisms, including a whistleblower policy. Learn how to protect staff when they come forward with information about suspected bribery or corruption related misconduct. Find out what you need to do to comply with Australian whistleblower law.

Curated by Australia’s leading anti-bribery experts, the Bribery Prevention Hub is a free, online tool that provides accessible, relevant, and reliable resources to help organisations develop and implement effective anti-bribery and corruption policies and compliance procedures. Each update we spotlight a different content collection on the Hub. 
The Bribery Prevention Network is a public-private partnership that brings together business, civil society, academia and government with the shared goal of supporting Australian business to prevent, detect and address bribery and corruption and promote a culture of compliance. Read more here.
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