The role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fight against corruption was the focus of a lively discussion co-hosted by IACA and German development agency GIZ at the OECD Integrity Forum in Paris last Friday.
More than 140 Forum participants attended the event and contributed actively to the exchange of ideas. Prominent themes included, among others, the unique vulnerabilities of SMEs to corruption, the need to tailor anti-corruption standards and regulations to specific countries and situations, and finding new ways to encourage SMEs to adopt – and thrive by – ethical practices.
To watch the panel discussion, please click here (starting around 01:57:30).
The panellists were 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, comments on the panel discussion were offered by 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. The event was moderated by Elena Helmer, Director of IACA’s academic programmes.
IACA – in addition to the well-established and highly reputed Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) – recently launched its new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), the world’s first master’s programme specially designed for professionals involved with the business sector in these fields. For more information and to apply, click here.