Press release 30th Jun 2021

Transparency International UK kicks off new research into values-based anti-corruption approaches

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New research will examine how companies can harness an anti-corruption approach that is motivated by a culture of integrity and based on self-policing rather than rules and legal requirements to reduce corruption.


June 16, 2021 - Transparency International UK’s Business Integrity team is excited to announce its next thought leadership project: the emerging topic of values-based compliance.

This research follows the successful launch of two reports, Open Business and Make it Count, and will help companies understand:

  • The relationship between values-based anti-corruption approaches, rules-based anti-corruption approaches, culture, and behavioural science
  • How values-based and rules-based anti-corruption approaches work together to reduce a company’s corruption risk
  • The methods companies can use to introduce values-based compliance and a culture change to their organisations
  • How companies can measure the effectiveness of values-based compliance

“Companies can have all the anti-corruption policies and programmes in the world, but without instilling a culture of compliance, the risk of corruption will always be higher,” said Rocio Paniagua, Head of Business Integrity at Transparency International UK. “With this latest research, we seek to change behaviours in how companies address corruption risks by exploring this new and exciting area.”

The project is made possible by funding from our corporate funders: GSK, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Norges Bank investment Management and R&G Insights Lab at Ropes & Gray.

Transparency International UK maintains all editorial independence, but is pleased to draw on the experience of the corporate sector to ensure our research remains robust, evidence-based and relevant to raise corporate anti-corruption in the UK, and by extension globally.

We will be interviewing stakeholders as part of the research process. If you believe you have relevant knowledge please do reach out to