Taskforces
Improving transparecy

Improving transparency

David Seaton

Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco

President and Chief Executive Officer GE Europe & North Asia, Chief Executive Officer GE Germany, GE International, Belgium

David Seaton

David T. Seaton

Chief Executive Officer, Fluor Corporation, USA

Members:

Mohammed H. Al Mady
Tom Albanese
Steve Almond
Adi B. Godrej
Charles Heeter
Huguette Labelle
Peter Löscher
Nicolás Mariscal
Yogendra K. Modi
Futhi Mtoba
Fabrizio Pagani
Alonso Quintana Kawage
Giuseppe Recchi
Chang Soo Huh
Dimitri Vlassis

The need for concrete and continuous action by G20 governments and businesses remains as strong as ever. The B20 urges G20 leaders at Los Cabos to give a clear and permanent mandate to the G20 Working Group on Anticorruption in order to lock in and further advance the considerable progress that G20 countries have made, both individually and collectively, on combating corruption and improving transparency. In particular, the business community invites the G20 to further develop the Seoul Anticorruption Action Plan in order to (i) ensure its full implementation by all G20 countries; (ii) tackle areas that have not been covered so far, for example, illicit flows, transparency in international payments, and corruption in the organization of major sport events. We highlight below our most pressing recommendations, with a focus on key actions and decisions that can be taken at the Los Cabos summit and in the lead-up to the next G20/B20 Summit in 2013.

B20 TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS, CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR LOS CABOS

B20 TASK FORCE PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS

I. Key priorities for G20 governments.

The key transparency and anticorruption priorities for governments should be to streamline their public procurement processes, to address the demand side of bribery, and to encourage and offer incentives for business action against corruption.

Commitments needed

proposed immediate actions:

· G20 leaders should reaffirm (at Los Cabos) the mandate of the G20 Working Group on Anticorruption with a view toward: securing the full implementation of the Seoul Anti-Corruption Action Plan; identifying and developing new streams of work; and maintaining a strong and continuous dialogue with the business community.
· All G20 governments should commit (at Los Cabos) to conducting independent assessments of their public procurement systems through Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (oecd) integrity reviews and other mechanisms, and to publishing the results (by 2013).
· The G20 should adopt (at Los Cabos) common principles on asset disclosure for public officials in vulnerable positions, and all governments should implement them in a timely manner (by November 2012).
· G20 governments should agree (at Los Cabos) to develop a compendium of best practices in the fight against solicitation, establish appropriate highlevel reporting mechanisms to address allegations of solicitation of bribes by public officials (by mid- 2014), and endorse the setting up of a pilot project in a country willing to test such mechanisms (by November 2012).
· The G20 should develop and endorse common principles on enforcement of foreign bribery legislation (by November 2012).
· One pilot country, preferably Mexico, should be selected this year (at the Los Cabos summit) for a pilot program on transparency and anticorruption. In cooperation with the private sector, G20 leaders would explore the focus country for possible engagement processes and mechanisms during its upcoming United Nations Convention Against Corruption (uncac) review (by the beginning of the next review year in July 2012) and during the follow-up on the recommendations from the review process (by September 2012).

follow-up actions:

· Governments, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and technicalassistance providers, should agree on a model review process for private-sector involvement in the uncac review mechanism (by April 2013) and should assess the effectiveness of the selected approach (by mid-2013).
· Export credit agencies of G20 countries should develop anticorruption training programs tailored to small and medium-size enterprises (smes) (by end-2013).
· G20 governments, with the support of the oecd and input from the private sector, could devise a checklist for transparent processes during the pretendering and execution phases (by 2013).
· G20 governments should introduce measures asking companies, including state-owned enterprises, to certify that they have a robust anticorruption compliance program in place as an eligibility requirement to participate in public tenders and to benefit from export financing (by end of 2013).
· Governments should address issues related to article 4.3 of the oecd’s Anti-Bribery Convention and articles 48 and 49 of uncac concerning multiple jurisdictions, law-enforcement cooperation, joint investigations, and coordinated sanctions, and should evaluate the need to revise national rules (by mid-2013).

II. Key priorities for the business community.

The key transparency and anticorruption priorities for the business community should be to increase its participation in collective-action and sectoral initiatives, to encourage cross-fertilization through the sharing of best practices and training materials, and to engage smes through supply chains.

Commitments needed

· Companies should invite participants in their value chain to join existing collective-action initiatives in their respective sectors and/or to initiate multisector initiatives (ongoing).
· The B20 should select a head of the collectiveaction hub initiative (by mid-2013) charged with designing and developing a central hub that will provide information on existing collective-action initiatives (by mid-2014).
· Companies should engage smes through their supply chains and provide them with concrete support in the adoption of best practices in resisting corruption, including, possibly, through the launch of an industry-sector supply chain initiative (by end of 2013).
· The business community should develop training materials on anticorruption compliance (by end of 2012) and deliver a “train the trainers” program aimed at compliance officers from the private sector (by mid-2013).

III. Key priorities for joint government and business action.

The key transparency and anticorruption priorities for joint government-business action should be to further develop a platform of dialogue, promote participation in integrity pacts, support efforts to raise SME business-integrity standards, and identify good practices to facilitate active cooperation between companies and enforcement authorities.

Commitments needed

· Governments and businesses should work together to deepen the G20/B20 dialogue. One means for doing this would involve the creation of a permanent platform, through which both actors could develop and implement realistic commitments (by end of 2012).
· Governments and businesses should commit to entering into integrity pacts and other joint sectoral initiatives (ongoing) and should establish active participation by companies in such initiatives as an eligibility requirement for participating in public tenders.
· Relevant G20 government bodies and business associations should devise a strategy to disseminate model codes of conduct tailored to smes and should encourage smes to implement an anticorruption program as a condition for participating in public procurement (by end of 2013).
· Governments and business should identify good practices that would encourage (with incentives) selfreporting by companies and active cooperation with enforcement authorities, and where appropriate, should carry out pilot projects (by end of 2012).

The B20 Working Group on Improving Transparency and Anticorruption, with the support of the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum, remains committed to leading and facilitating business engagement with G20 leaders—at Los Cabos and beyond—to further advance the global anticorruption agenda.

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