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As the G20 leaders gather in Japan, GSK’s Nick Hirons and Robert Barrington of Transparency International UK ask what priority will be given to the challenging subject of corruption. This joint blog from the combined perspective of the private sector and civil society looks at how tackling corruption can help remove a major block to

  Last year, when I participated in a Transparency International delegation in Washington DC and New York, a number of formal meetings and informal chats were circulating around the idea that Viktor Orban’s ‘illiberalism’ – well, to put it more correctly: hybrid regime or autocracy – could be built in the US. Seeing Donald Trump’s

Today marks the third anniversary of the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit, at which the UK committed to a number of ambitious new initiatives to fight corruption both in this country and around the world. Although many of the UK’s commitments have been implemented, some key pledges are now long overdue. These notably include a commitment to

Robert Barrington. Executive Director of Transparency International UK, reflects on the opportunities and challenges for the UK Government in engaging the business community over the national Anti-Corruption Strategy. As part of its widely-acclaimed national Anti-Corruption Strategy, the UK Government aims to engage the business community.  There is good reason to do so.  Businesses can be

After eleven years at Transparency International UK, Robert Barrington will be moving on from his post as Executive Director to take up a role as Professor of Anti-Corruption Practice in September.  Here he reflects on some of the successes he has seen over the past decade, and future challenges for the anti-corruption movement. When I

The following is a guest post from Adam Williamson – Head of Professional Standards at AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Money laundering is big business. The National Crime Agency estimates that money laundering helps enable serious and organised crime that costs the UK an estimated £37 billion each year. This rises to hundreds of billions

Late last year the UK’s Foreign Office accepted that corporate transparency may not be introduced in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs) until 2023. MPs across Parliament have responded, saying this goes against the spirit of what they voted for. What’s clear is that the longer it takes for the OTs to open-up their company registers to public

One of the concerns most often expressed about Brexit by the anti-corruption community is that it will lead to a lowering of standards. This has usually been framed as a likely deliberate and cynical approach by a future government to securing trade deals, increasing non-EU exports and attracting inward investment – when those tiresome global

The following is a guest post by Sir Edward Clay KCMG – a retired British diplomat, formerly a High Commissioner and ambassador. During his time as British High Commissioner in Kenya, Sir Edward earned a reputation for his willingness to speak out against corruption at high levels of the Kenyan government The Times reported on

Today the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF), the global anti-money laundering standards body, published its assessment of the UK’s anti-money laundering defences. FATF gave the UK Government the most favourable assessment to date, but in a global context where – as the recent Dankse Bank case shows – anti-money laundering standards remain low, this is no

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