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  • Global Challenges

    Workshop: Is there a role for investors in combating corruption

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    Abstract

    The workshop will examine the relationship between investors and corporate corruption. It will explore the risks investors face from corporate corruption, the potential role for investors in increasing corporate accountability on anti-corruption issues and opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration in this area. The workshop will aim to stimulate new thinking about the role that investors can play in combating corruption, and will define practical actions that can be taken after the conference by civil society, companies and investors.

    Key questions this workshop will seek to answer are:

    The relationship between investors and corporate corruption

    • How significant are investors as instruments of change?
    • How well do investors understand the corruption risk in their portfolios?
    • Is there a self-interest for investors in promoting anti-corruption initiatives?
    • Does corruption reduce or enhance shareholder value, and does this vary by market or industry?
    • Is corruption equally relevant to all investors, or do different types of investor face different risks?
    • Is the financial risk from corruption material now and is it likely to become more material in future?
    • How can investors realistically assess corruption-related risks and what information is needed from companies to allow effective assessment?

    What investors can do to reduce corporate corruption

    • What investor anti-corruption initiatives have taken place to date, and what lessons can be learned?
    • How successful have multi-stakeholder initiatives been and what has been the role of investors?
    • Is investor influence most effectively directed at individual companies, market regulators or legislators?
    • How could investors use engagement and proxy voting to reduce corporate corruption and the corruption risks in their portfolios?
    • Should investors focus their attention on specific high-risk companies or sectors?
    • Should investors seek to influence public policy in this area, and if so what policy objectives could they pursue?
    • What regulation and/or legislation should be put in place that would help investors to manage corruption-related risks e.g. country by country reporting?
    • What message should we take from the IACC to the investment community, and how is it best communicated?

    Workshop organizer & moderator:

    Robert Barrington, Director of External Affairs, Transparency International UK; former Director of Governance & Sustainable Investment, F&C Asset Management.

    Panelists:

    Charnchai Charuvastr, President & CEO of the Thai Institute of Directors Association; Chairman, Siam Paragon Development Co., Ltd., Member, National Corporate Governance Committee; former Chairman, Institute of Directors East Asia Network (IDEA.Net); former Board Member, International Corporate Governance Network.

    Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact – career with the United Nations began in 1987 at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. He has led the UNGC initiative since its launch in 2000. Prior to joining the UN System, Mr. Kell worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and as a financial analyst evaluating multinational companies’ investment portfolios in Asia and Africa

    Jermyn Brooks, Chair of Transparency International’s Business Advisory Board; former senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Board member of the World Economic Forum’s PACI Principles.

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