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Russian money: too big to sanction?

As the Crimea crisis has developed, there have been calls to freeze Russian and Ukrainian assets in the UK. Russian money is unusual for two reasons. First, the sheer volume. Secondly, because there have been persistent allegations that a substantial proportion of it is dirty money – gained through organised crime and corruption in a […]

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BAE still needs to come out clean about its past

Magdalena Reinberg works with Transparency Austria in Vienna, Tiffany Clarke with Transparency’s International Defence & Security Programme in London and Christian Humborg with Transparency Germany in Berlin. They write about recent corruption allegations against British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems. As mentioned in TI-UK’s blog from 5 February 2013, the revelations in the Sunday Times show that it […]

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The Leveson inquiry has exposed Britain’s growing corruption problem

Yesterday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers suggested to the Leveson inquiry that some sections of the press have been making regular payments to a network of corrupted public officials. In the past, it may have been easy for British citizens to pretend corruption is a problem that only exists overseas. However, Akers’s revelations now leave […]

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UK Bribery Act: how to ensure your company measures up

Six months after the start of the UK Bribery Act, many companies are working hard to implement anti-bribery procedures. The Bribery Act makes it illegal for companies to fail to prevent bribery. The best defence for a company against this liability is to prove it had ‘adequate procedures’ in place to prevent bribery within the […]

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2011 in words and pictures

An illustrated, month-by-month look at some of the top corruption-related stories and trends of 2011. January Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself ablaze in defiance of bribe-seeking police. The death of the 26 year-old Tunisian fruit vendor serves as a catalyst for a surge of protests that quickly unfurl across North Africa and the Middle East. We […]

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Should banks profit from dictators’ money?

As Libya prepares for the future, what are financial centres doing to stop the flow of stolen assets from dictators? The following is adapted from a speech made by Transparency International’s vice-chair, Akere Muna, at the UN public service forum in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.   If corruption, especially money laundering and […]

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Corruption and UK businesses: Why we need the bribery act

Tetraethyl lead – a compound used in leaded petrol – was a major source of income for the international chemical firm, Innospec, before health and environmental concerns led to its abolishment in the US and Europe more than ten years ago. The poisonous chemical – which has been proven to stunt the mental development of […]

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Who’s responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility?

TI released its progress report on the OECD Anti-Bribery convention this week. Meanwhile, a new survey says that almost 1 in 5 company employees consider it acceptable to pay bribes to win or retain business. Deborah Hardoon, Senior Research Coordinator  at TI, considers business responsibility. Milton Friedman’s view that a company’s only social responsibility is […]

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Good Act, deplorable guidance

Robert Barrington is Director of External Affairs at Transparency International UK The UK has had a long wait for a law that is compliant with the 1997 OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, and this week the Government finally announced that the 2010 Bribery Act will come into force in July. It is a good law, and builds […]

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Enforcing foreign bribery: notes on some of the key issues (part 2)

Gillian Dell, Programme Manager for Transparency International’s programme on international anti-corruption conventions joined the International Bar Association  conference on foreign bribery enforcemen in Prague from 20-22 September. Here’s the second part of what she learnt: Considerable attention was given to the new UK Bribery Act. That’s the UK law that introduces strict liability for companies […]

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