2017 Integrity Forum callout 600x446IACA and German development agency GIZ will host a joint event on “Anti-Corruption Strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises” at the 2017 OECD Integrity Forum in Paris next week.

The international panel discussion on 31 March will examine the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the global fight against corruption. Speakers will address challenges and opportunities for SMEs related to recent ISO compliance and anti-bribery standards, creating a culture of integrity, reducing the vulnerability of SMEs to corruption through their increased participation in public decision-making, and incentivizing the implementation of anti-corruption practices within smaller enterprises.

Panellists are Eduard Ivanov, a member of the academic team in IACA’s Compliance and Collective Action Department, Cristian Ducu, Senior Ethics & Compliance and Sustainability Expert at the Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics, and Chief Editor of Ethics and Compliance Magazine, Romania, Bartosz Makowicz, Director of the Viadrina Compliance Center, European-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and Fadi Saab, Chairman of Trans Capital Finance, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee at ICC-Lebanon, and Senior Advisor to the World SME Forum.

In addition, Miriam Koreen, Head of the SME Division and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism at the OECD and Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, Head of Division, Economic and Social Development, GIZ, will offer comments and critiques on the conversation. The discussion will be moderated by Elena Helmer, Director of IACA's academic programmes.

IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD in July 2014 and continues to collaborate closely with the organization.