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May 2012

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As an anti-corruption body, Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is concerned with preventing money laundering since the facility to launder the proceeds of corruption gives rise to the commission of bribery and corruption offences in the first place. TI helped international banks to establish the Wolfsburg Principles (the global anti-money laundering guidelines for private banking) in 2000. Reports by TI-UK in 2003 and 2004 focused on corruption and money laundering in the UK and the regulation of trust and company service providers, respectively.
   
This report focuses on the following main areas:
  • Strengthening the UK’s defences against dirty money with particular emphasis on improving due diligence by financial and other institutions and organisations required to conduct due diligence on Politically Exposed Persons;
  • Criminal and civil mechanisms for the recovery of assets that are the proceeds of corruption; and
  • Bolstering the efforts of the UK’s law enforcement agencies and improving the UK’s ability to help developing countries in identifying and recovering stolen assets through more efficient processes and procedures.


May 2012

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The four-page document, Bribery Act: Myth and Reality, explains why we need this law and debunks six big myths about the new law that have been swirling around the increasingly one-sided debate in Westminster and the media.


May 2012

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As an anti-corruption body, Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is concerned with preventing money laundering since the facility to launder the proceeds of corruption gives rise to the commission of bribery and corruption offences in the first place. TI helped international banks to establish the Wolfsburg Principles (the global anti-money laundering guidelines for private banking) in 2000. Reports by TI-UK in 2003 and 2004 focused on corruption and money laundering in the UK and the regulation of trust and company service providers, respectively.
   
This report focuses on the following main areas:
  • Strengthening the UK’s defences against dirty money with particular emphasis on improving due diligence by financial and other institutions and organisations required to conduct due diligence on Politically Exposed Persons;
  • Criminal and civil mechanisms for the recovery of assets that are the proceeds of corruption; and
  • Bolstering the efforts of the UK’s law enforcement agencies and improving the UK’s ability to help developing countries in identifying and recovering stolen assets through more efficient processes and procedures.


May 2012

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The term ‘revolving door’ refers to the movement of individuals between positions of public office and jobs in the private sector, in either direction. Such movements have become much more common because Ministers and crown servants often leave public office at a younger age than used to be the case. Those in public service have also become more eager to learn from corporate experience. 
     
Moving through the revolving door can be beneficial to both sides, improving understanding and communication between public officials and business. However, the revolving door also undermines trust in government, because of the potential for conflicts of interest. This is evident from a recent survey of public perceptions of the most corrupt sections of British public life carried out for Transparency International UK in 2010. Political parties ranked as the most corrupt sector, with Parliament and the legislature ranking third most corrupt after sport. The same survey also revealed that the revolving door comes a close second in the public’s ranking of potentially corrupt activities. A peerage for a businessman who has been a large political party donor was ranked first.
     
Transparency International UK’s conclusion, based on the research in this report, is that the current system of regulating the revolving door is not working and needs fixing. Recent changes are welcome, but they do not go far enough and are unlikely to restore public confidence. Urgent and comprehensive reforms are needed to reduce the risk of conflicts of interest and make the revolving door work to the benefit of government, the private sector and UK society more broadly. We present fifteen recommendations for how the system can be improved.


May 2012

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3774 Download Attachments Letter from the Prime Minister on Corruption in the UK reportFile size: 668 KB Downloads: 2262


May 2012

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On May 23rd 2011 the Bond Anti-Corruption Group, a group of NGOs including Transparency International UK, wrote to the Prime Minister to express our concern at the current proposals for replacing the Serious Fraud Office.


May 2012

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Bribery and corruption continue to be some of the biggest obstacles to development, poverty alleviation and good governance. They can also prevent NGOs from achieving their objectives, especially when they are working in countries where there are high levels of corruption. This document – produced in partnership with Bond, Mango and other leading NGOs – is designed to help NGOs implement robust anti-bribery policies and procedures.

Bribery and corruption are found in all countries. They hurt the poor disproportionately, diverting resources intended for development and humanitarian assistance and increasing the costs of basic public services. They undermine economic growth and are a barrier to poverty alleviation and good governance. Often, bribery and corruption can aggravate conflict and insecurity.  

On the initiative of Transparency International UK and Mango, Bond established a Working Group of UK NGOs to develop a set of principles and guidance for countering bribery. This document draws on the Business Principles for Countering Bribery, developed through a Transparency International-led multi-stakeholder initiative and a first draft of guidelines developed by WaterAid.
     
This document has been reviewed against the Guidance to the UK Bribery Act 2010 published by the UK Ministry of Justice and has been discussed with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.
    
All members of the Working Group contributed their ideas, expertise and experience and this document has been agreed by all of the organisations involved. Bond has published this document to provide NGOs with simple, clear and practical principles and guidance on putting effective anti-bribery measures in place.
 
In partnership with Mango, Transparency International UK runs a regular Anti-Bribery workshop for Humanitarian and Development NGOs. For more information, please contact kate.zechner@transparency.org.uk.
 


May 2012

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Bill Hughes, former Director General of SOCA, spoke at the TI-UK AGM on the topic of organised crime and corruption.


May 2012

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This submission covers two areas within Transparency International UK’s specific area of expertise.  It is not intended to raise or examine the full range of ethical issues that will be the subject of the LevesonInquiry.  The subject areas covered by this submission are:
  • Areas in which sections of the  UK media may have acted corruptly
  • Areas in which there is no evidence of corruption by, or caused by, the UK media, but in which the environment created may be conducive to corruption.
More specifically, this submission covers
  • The importance of press freedom
  • The role of investigative journalism
  • Bribery
  • Media regulation
  • Concentration of media ownership
  • Relationships between the media and politicians
  • Detrimental impacts of systemic corruption.
Transparency International’s definition of corruption is ‘the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.’ This is a widely-used definition of corruption and encompasses behaviours and activities that may be illegal or legal but unethical.
 
In some areas, this submission makes recommendations.  However, the primary purpose of this submission is to draw the Leveson Inquiry’s attention to the issue of corruption, and to note that corruption is an important issue for the Inquiry to address in the context of the UK media.


May 2012

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The Bond Anti-Corruption Group conducted an independent, parallel review of the United Kingdom’s compliance with two chapters (3 and 4) of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).


May 2012

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The House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs undertook an inquiry into the economic impact and effectiveness of development aid. TI-UK made a written submission focussing on the need for greater transparency and accountability in the provision and use of development aid.


May 2012

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The annual Anti-Corruption Lecture is organised by Transparency International UK to mark the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day. The 2011 lecture was delivered by The Rt Hon Clare Short Chair of the International Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and former UK Secretary of State for International Development. Ms Short spoke on “Transparency in Practice: lessons from international development and EITI”.


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