Business Anti-Corruption Portal

The Business Anti-Corruption Portal (BACP) is a one-stop shop for business anti-corruption information offering tools on how to mitigate risks and costs of corruption when doing business abroad.[1] All the information on the Portal is produced by GAN Integrity Solutions, a Denmark-based IT & Professional Services firm. The Portal was established in 2006 and is supported by the European Commission and a number of European governments.

The BACP is referred to by several government and non-government organisations, amongst others, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations, the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), and the World Bank. In addition, the BACP is the only externally cited tool for anti-corruption risk assessment in the UK Bribery Act 2010 Quick Start Guide.[2] The BACP is listed in the UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption Tools Inventory as an effective resource to help companies address and implement the 10th principle: "Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery."

Sponsors

The Business Anti-Corruption Portal is funded by five European governments and the EU Commission. The five governments are:

Information and Tools available on the BACP

Country profiles

The BACP offers relevant business analysis of corruption risks and legislative framework in over 100 countries across 6 regions: Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia & the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East & North Africa, and the Americas. The 33 European country profiles are funded with financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme by the European Commission. Each country profile contains the following information:

  • A summary of what is presented in the whole profile, including both positive and negative developments with regards to investment and corruption.
  • Corruption Levels: This chapter covers corruption and risk assessments of 8 sectors: the judicial system, the police, public services, land administration, tax administration, customs administration, public procurement, and natural resources and extractive industry. Each sector covers corruption cases and offers an analysis of general corruption risks relevant for businesses.
  • Legislation: This chapter presents information about the anti-corruption legislation and initiatives taken by the respective governments.
  • Civil Society: This chapter covers anti-corruption initiatives taken by the non-government organisations, the level of media and civil societal freedom with regards to their fight against corruption, and/or their ability to report corruption.
  • Information Network: This chapter aims to provide easy access to contact information of the relevant private anti-corruption organisations and government agencies, as well as a list of the Portal's partner embassies.
  • Sources: A list of public available sources used in the production of a country profile.

All the information and sources used for creating the country profiles are publicly available, and the team behind GAN Integrity Solutions updates the country profiles at least once a year. Other tools and information on the Portal are also maintained and updated on regular basis.

Business tools

The Portal offers a number of tools that help companies to effectively manage corruption risk, such as:

  • Due Diligence Tools: a list of flowcharts developed for agent screening processes, consultant evaluation processes, joint venture consortiums, contractor procedures and public procurement tools.
  • Anti-Corruption Legislation: Quick and practical overview of anti-corruption legislation and treaties that have global reach.
  • Training: Free anti-corruption e-learning course to kick start a compliance program.
  • Compliance System Guidance: Guide to implementing an effective anti-corruption compliance system.

References

  1. ^ "Business Anti-Corruption Portal_IAACA". Iaaca.org. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  2. ^ http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/legislation/bribery-act-2010-quick-start-guide.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.swedenabroad.com/en-GB/Embassies/Istanbul/Business/Business-Anti-Corruption-Portal

External links

Corruption in Belgium

In general, Belgium has a well-developed legal and institutional framework for fighting against corruption. Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 16th place out of 180 countries.

Corruption in Cambodia

Examples of areas where Cambodians encounter corrupt practices in their everyday lives include obtaining medical services, dealing with alleged traffic violations, and pursuing fair court verdicts. Companies are urged to be aware when dealing with extensive red tape when obtaining licenses and permits, especially construction related permits, and that the demand for and supply of bribes are commonplace in this process. The 2010 Anti-Corruption Law provides no protection to whistleblowers, and whistleblowers can be jailed for up to 6 months if they report corruption that cannot be proven.

Corruption in Cameroon

Corruption in Cameroon has been called "Cameroon's worst-kept secret" by Thomson Reuters, and Cameroon has had "persistent problems with corruption" according to BBC News. The Corruption Perceptions Index (2014) by Transparency International ranked Cameroon 136 out of 175 countries and found that the police are seen by Cameroonians as the most corrupt institution in the government.The government of Cameroon has taken some steps addressing the problem of corruption in the country: in order to increase transparency in its oil sector, Cameroon joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in late 2013.Cameroon also witnessed the prosecution of corruption committed by a former prime minister, Ephraim Inoni, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 for embezzlement. Several high corruption risk sectors, such as customs and public procurement, pose obstacles for doing business in Cameroon.David Wallechinsky ranked President of Cameroon Paul Biya with three others (Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, and King Mswati of Swaziland) as the most corrupt dictators in the world. He describes Cameroon's electoral process in these terms: "Every few years, Biya stages an election to justify his continuing reign, but these elections have no credibility.

Corruption in Ethiopia

There are several sectors in Ethiopia where businesses are particularly vulnerable to corruption. Land distribution and administration is a sector where corruption is institutionalized, and facilitation payments as well as bribes are often demanded from businesses when they deal with land-related issues. Corruption also occurs when businesses obtain permits and licenses due to complicated bureaucracy. Public procurement is also seriously hampered by corruption, and different types of irregularities exist, such as non-transparent tender processes and awarding contracts to people with close connection to the government and ruling party.

Corruption in Iceland

Corruption in Iceland describes the prevention and occurrence of corruption in Iceland.

Corruption in Iraq

Corruption is pervasive at all levels of government in Iraq. Public survey from Transparency International indicates that a majority of general public is not satisfied with the government's current efforts in fighting corruption. Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 169th place out of 180 countries.

Corruption in Jordan

Corruption in Jordan is a social and economic issue.

Corruption in Kuwait

Extensive corruption among Kuwait's high-level government officials is a problem resulting in political tensions between the government and the public. Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 85th place out of 180 countries.

Corruption in Luxembourg

Corruption in Luxembourg is examined on this page.

Corruption in Montenegro

In recent years, Montenegro has increased its efforts to implement preventive and legislative measures needed to curb corruption. For example, anti-bribery provisions in the Criminal Code, as well as laws on money laundering, conflict of interest, access to information, and political funding have all been strengthened, while awareness-raising activities and training of public officials in integrity standards have been intensified.However, corruption remains a serious problem in the country. The European Commission finds in its Progress Report 2013 that efficiency in the fight against corruption is constrained by frequent legislative changes and the lax attitude among law enforcement authorities to investigate corruption allegations, especially those involving high-level officials.

Corruption in Myanmar

Corruption in Myanmar is an extremely serious problem. Owing to failures in regulation and enforcement, corruption flourishes in every sector of government and business. Many foreign businesspeople consider corruption “a serious barrier to investment and trade in Myanmar.” A U.N. survey in May 2014 concluded that corruption is the greatest hindrance for business in Myanmar.Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 130th place out of 180 countries.In the Myanmar Business Survey 2014, corruption was the most frequently identified obstacle to business, especially with respect to obtaining firm registration, business licenses and permits from government authorities.It is common in Myanmar to charge illicit payments for government services, to bribe tax collectors to secure a lower tax payment, and to bribe customs officials to avoid paying customs duties.

Corruption in Nicaragua

Corruption remains a serious problem for doing business in Nicaragua. Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 151st place out of 180 countries. According to Freedom House, since the election of Daniel Ortega in 2006, corruption had increased in Nicaragua.

Corruption in Senegal

President Macky Sall has taken some significant efforts to combat corruption in Senegal, including the establishment of several anti-corruption agencies, such as the Ministry of the Promotion of Good Governance and the reactivated Court of Repression of Economic and Financial Crime. The prosecution of corruption committed by officials has also increased under Sall's administration.The investigation into former President Abdoulaye Wade and his administration continues in 2014 after being charged for massive embezzlement and misuse of public funds. Corruption is common among low-level officials and petty corruption is a fact of daily life.

Corruption in Slovakia

Corruption in Slovakia is examined on this page.

Corruption in Sri Lanka

Petty corruption remains a problem in Sri Lanka, and weak whistleblower protections have negative impacts on citizen's willingness to stand up against corruption. Despite some recent institutional reforms by the government in order to fight corruption, whistleblower protections need to be improved.Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 91st place out of 180 countries.

Corruption in Switzerland

Council of Europe's Group of State Against Corruption (GRECO) in its evaluation report noted that specificities of Switzerland's institutions which enjoy considerable public confidence. It underlines, however, that the very organisation of the system allows subtle pressure to be exerted on politicians and the judiciary.Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 3rd place out of 180 countries.

Corruption in Uganda

Corruption in Uganda is characterized by grand-scale theft of public funds and petty corruption involving public officials at all levels of society as well as widespread political patronage systems.

Corruption in the Netherlands

Corruption is rare in the Netherlands in all major areas—judiciary, police, business, politics—as the country is considered as one of the least corrupt within the European Union. In the 2017 edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, the Netherlands ranked eighth least corrupt country worldwide.

Law enforcement in Argentina

In Argentina the most important law enforcement organization is the Argentine Federal Police (equivalent to the FBI in the USA) with jurisdiction in all Argentine territory. Most routine police work is carried out by provincial/state police forces (equivalent to state police in the United States), but in recent years, several cities (such as Saldan and Villa Allende), started their own local police forces, similar to city police forces in the United States, to put less burden on the State Police shoulders. The capital city of Buenos Aires (a federal district), where the Argentine Federal Police works with Argentine Naval Prefecture (Coast Guard) and Buenos Aires City Police (Municipal police).

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