International Anti-Corruption Day is Monday, 9 December 2019. The campaign was started as a joint venture between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and now organisations around the world are united against corruption for this day every year.

United Against Corruption focuses on corruption as one of the biggest obstacles to achieving sustainable development goals. The abuse of entrusted power for private gain can cost people their freedom, health, life and future. Moreover, corruption affects every country, region, and community.

CRI® Group is a strong supporter of International Anti-Corruption Day and an advocate of preventing corruption on all levels. CRI® Group addresses the corruption problem with thought leadership pieces focused on bribery and corruption in various regions, including South Asia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. CRI® Group’s experts also published multiple informative articles worldwide to help educate business and industry leaders, government officials, corporate professionals and the public on topics ranging from corruption, due diligence and employee background investigations. These include CRI® Group’s primary research paper, “How Can Life Sciences Companies Prevent Bribery and Corruption? Is ISO 37001:2016 the Answer?” Zafar Anjum, Group Chief Executive Officer for CRI® Group, was featured in Financier Worldwide’s “Annual Review: Corporate fraud & corruption,” discussing the latest corruption risks and best practises for combating fraud in the Middle East and beyond.

This year, CRI® Group celebrated its 29th anniversary as a global leader in compliance and risk management. The firm cultivates this leadership role in many ways, including hosting anti-fraud, anti-bribery and anti-corruption conferences and summits, and participating in other hosted events, around the world. These include CRI® Group’s own Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summits n Islamabad, Karachi and Kuala Lumpur; and participation in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Seminar Benchmark on Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption. At this year’s MACC Seminar, Mr. Anjum presented “Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS 37001) Case Study and Implementation – UK Experience.” He provided an overview on ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System Accreditation & Certification as an effective and “adequate procedure” for organisations in the region and beyond.

Join us for the ABMS training on 9th December

CRI® Group’s ABAC® Center of Excellence will be hosting an important seminar on Monday during International Anti-Corruption Day. The “Introductory Seminar on ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System” will provide insight on how to protect your business from bribery and corruption risks. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the globalisation of bribery and corruption; learn case studies in bribery and corruption in the Middle East; understand the background of bribery; gain knowledge of ISO 37001 impact, requirements, training, and certification; and learn how to remain in compliance with ISO 37001. Register today.

Lead Auditor training in Pakistan

This year, ABAC® also presents “ISO 37001 Lead Auditor Training”. This intensive course helps attendees understand the operation of an Anti-bribery Management System based on ISO 37001 and its principal processes. It also focuses on the correlation between ISO 37001 and other standards and regulatory frameworks, and the auditor’s role in planning, leading and following-up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011. Attendees learn to interpret the requirements of ISO 37001 in the context of an ABMS audit. The course also strengthens the personal skills necessary for an auditor to act with due professional care during an audit.

ABAC® has guided many clients through ISO 37001 training and certification. Some of the organisations that have successfully completed ISO 37001 certification include global transport company Apex Shipping, global investment firm Mubadala, and technology services company ISS Middle East FZC – just to name a few.

Interested in evaluating your corporate compliance program?

Let ABAC® experts conduct the Highest Ethical Business Assessment (HEBA) survey to evaluate your organisations’ current corporate compliance programs. It’s the best way to find out if your organisation’s compliance program is in the line with worldwide compliance, business ethics, anti-bribery and anti-corruption frameworks.

International Anti-Corruption Day is a great opportunity to participate in a HEBA survey. ABAC® experts will prepare a complimentary gap analysis of your organisation’s compliance program to evaluate if it meets “adequate procedures” requirements under the UK Bribery Act, DOJ’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Guidance and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and among organisations of all sizes and industries. It contributes to instability and poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure. On International Anti-Corruption Day, CRI Group stands ready to provide solutions to organisations that aim to reduce their risk and prevent more fraud and corruption. Additionally, ABAC® provides training and certification programs to help ensure continued best practices and prevention measures. These are the types of steps that make a real difference.

Awareness is the first step toward combating corruption – but it isn’t the only step. CRI® Group knows that taking concrete action to prevent bribery and corruption is essential in making a real difference. Contact us today and let us help you to fight bribery and corruption.