2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum

Agenda of the virtual 2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum

Please note that the Agenda page of the Forum is being continuously updated. The Knowledge Partner sessions are fully organised by Knowledge Partners, and need to be registered for individually in the session descriptions. The views expressed in the Knowledge Partner sessions do not necessarily represent the views of the OECD or its member countries.

Please note that all times shown on the Agenda page are Paris time, CET (GMT+1).



1 : 23rd March 2021
11:30 CET - 13:15 CET
Keynote addresses & opening plenary: Young leaders building back with integrity
The Forum will open with welcoming remarks by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and high-level keynote video addresses by leaders, followed by the opening panel “Young leaders building back with integrity". This session will be interpreted into French and Spanish - please click on the "i" (information) button at the bottom of the screen to switch between languages. COVID-19 has deeply affected global health, the economy and most aspects of societies. The rapid rollout of emergency measures should not compromise continued attention to integrity, accountability and transparency in policy making as well as efforts to preserve and strengthen public trust as governments strive to respond to the crisis and “build back better”. Furthermore, not everybody in society is equal in the face of the pandemic. Young people in particular are facing increased risks to their education and prospects for employment, and are shouldering the long-term social and economic consequences of the pandemic. Through a dialogue with young leaders from government, business and civil society, this opening session will identify concrete actions and forge new pathways for the post-COVID future, as we look to rebuilding an ethical and fair society.
13:30 CET - 14:30 CET
A more transparent water governance for a stronger recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene, and adequate access to clean water to contain the spread of the virus, especially for the 3 billion people lacking basic handwashing facilities and those living in precarious living conditions. Taking stock of ongoing recovery packages and countries’ efforts to build back better, the session will discuss the crucial importance of integrity and transparency to catalyse needed finance and achieve SDG 6, on "clean water and sanitation for all".
13:30 CET - 15:00 CET
Integrity in practice: Launch of the OECD Public Integrity Toolkit
Are you looking for a tool that can help your organisation better manage the risks of corruption? Or a tool to train government officials on ethics? Or just inspiration on what others are doing to promote public integrity? Then the OECD Public Integrity Toolkit is for you. Developed and tested by OECD governments and selected partners, this brand new Toolkit collects all digital tools and resources to help policy makers and practitioners manage daily governance challenges. This session will launch the Toolkit and showcase three of its most innovative tools.
14:30 CET - 15:00 CET
Introducing “Frequently Asked Questions: How to address bribery and corruption risks in mineral supply chains”
Mineral supply chains were already exposed to heightened corruption risk under normal circumstances; the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this risk—and its impact. The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas recommends that all companies along mineral supply chains, from the miner to the final product manufacturer, combat bribery and corruption linked to minerals production and trade. The new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document aims to help companies better identify and address risks of bribery and corruption in mineral supply chains. This session will discuss the heightened risk in mineral supply chains and present how the OECD can help companies address these risks with its new FAQ document.
15:15 CET - 16:45 CET
Illicit Financial Flows, Oil Commodity Trading and Development
Developing countries lose considerable wealth to illicit financial flows (IFFs) each year. Recent work by UNCTAD shows that the African continent lost USD 88.6 billion, equivalent to 3.7% of its GDP, in annual capital flight (2013-2015). Almost half of this was due to IFFs related to the export of extractive commodities. IFF risks are particularly high in the oil commodity trading sector due to its complexity, opaqueness and the staggering amounts of funds involved. These risks are likely to increase in the context of COVID-19, as deals are being expedited often on highly uncompetitive terms, large amounts of money are being distributed and moved, while oversight and audit functions are overstretched. Drawing on current work at the OECD, this panel session seeks to shed light on the complex world of oil and gas commodity trading, to unpack the particular IFF risks generated in the oil-trading sector. The session will also explore the opportunities and challenges – including through official development assistance support - of curbing IFFs in oil commodity trading to enhance domestic resource mobilisation in oil-producing countries.
15:15 CET - 16:45 CET
Reporting after the crisis: What has changed, what remains the same, and what should be improved?
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis to reporting and whistleblower protection remains largely unknown. While the crisis has had a chilling effect on whistleblowing, reports about misconduct in some sectors have increased exponentially during the pandemic. The crisis has also shown that whistleblowers remain extremely vulnerable to retaliation but has also acted as a catalyst for the adoption of measures to protect whistleblowers in emergency situations. This session will look deeper into the following questions: What has changed during the crisis, what remains the same, and what should be improved? In so doing, it will analyse the effectiveness both in law and in practice of national whistleblower frameworks around the world. It will also discuss new measures and identify good practices that could help promote an open organisational culture, enable effective whistleblower protection, and act as game changers for reporting misconduct after the crisis.


2 : 24th March 2021
09:00 CET - 11:00 CET
REGISTER: Integrity and corruption risks during and beyond COVID-19: Challenges, perspectives and experiences from the ground
This session needs to be registered for separately from the Forum - scroll down to access the registration form, or copy the link into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey2dhy6kBJKTGi0APgCeGBwX-choE6yBKfjNPUI6_L6bX0IQ/viewform This session is organised by the Hellenic National Transparency Authority, Greece. The language of this session is Greek. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only led to a global health and economic crisis but also to a corruption crisis, demanding now more than ever transparency, accountability and integrity in all response efforts. The virtual discussion organized by the Greek National Transparency Authority focuses on preventive and law enforcement efforts undertaken by Greek public authorities. The first part of the discussion will address law enforcement during and beyond the pandemic, with speakers addressing priorities and challenges in the areas of inspections, cyber-crime and employment. Inspection findings on nursing homes will also be presented. The second part of the discussion will focus on prevention and awareness-raising against fraud and corruption in the era of pandemic. It will specifically discuss the development of tools to protect against fraud practices and demonstrate the importance of using technology as a means to enhance transparency and access to government information.
10:00 CET - 10:45 CET
Gender mainstreaming in anti-corruption agencies of APEC member economies
Women often remain under-represented in the certain industries as well as in justice sector organisations, in particular in top-level positions. This is due to well-documented occupational segregation and gender specific challenges women often face in such organisations. This session will discuss the importance of gender mainstreaming in private sector anti-bribery compliance roles and in anti-corruption agencies, with a focus on APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of New Zealand will present a preview of a new study that surveyed the anti-corruption agencies of 21 APEC economies to show how women are faring in such organisations. The survey covered issues such as demographic questions, Perceived Subtle Gender Bias Index and work experience. At the same time, the panellists will discuss gender representation in the field of anti-bribery compliance in the private sector and how gender dynamics in corporate governance frameworks impacts on the role of compliance officer, a role often occupied by women. The session will also provide a foundation for developing a gender mainstreaming training guide for anti-corruption agencies and will pave the way for future work in the anticorruption field on gender inclusiveness.
11:30 CET - 12:30 CET
The OECD Public Integrity Indicators – new measurements for policy makers and actionable change
Measuring public integrity has been a long-standing challenge. The OECD is launching its new Public Integrity Indicators to change that. This is the first time that OECD member countries agree on standard indicators for the preparedness and resilience of the public integrity system at the national level, to prevent corruption, mismanagement and waste of public funds, and to assess the likelihood of detecting and mitigating various corruption risks. The indicators combine sub-indicators establishing minimum legal, procedural and institutional safeguards for the independence, mandate and operational capability of essential actors in the integrity system. This first-ever comprehensive set of indicators based on an agreed international legal instrument, adhering to the same high statistical standards as other OECD indicators, and validated by OECD member countries, is a significant milestone for the integrity and anti-corruption community. The session will present the results for the first set of indicators on Quality of Strategic Framework, and discuss the way forward on how the indicators could inspire actionable change.
11:30 CET - 13:00 CET
OECD Business Integrity Roundtable (Part One): Business integrity trends and standards
The adoption and enforcement of national anti-corruption laws, such as the US FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery Act, France’s Sapin II, assisted by the ongoing implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention through monitoring by the OECD Working Group on Bribery, was a key driving force for the rapid growth of anti-corruption compliance systems in companies within OECD member countries and beyond. Some governments also supplemented enforcement by other efforts, such as codifying rules on compliance creating reporting channels and remedies, as well as administrative reforms to simplify interactions with officials. Business integrity standards are evolving rapidly as a part of broader standards on responsible business conduct and beneficial ownership, with some of them becoming mandatory. But many governments around the world have not developed strong enforcement nor provided incentives to business integrity. However, compliance by companies is growing even in those countries in response to market signals, such as calls for due diligence and supply chain responsibility, and the private sector is demanding more integrity from governments. This session will discuss the importance of business integrity standards set by governments, and how the private sector can amplify those efforts. In 2021, the Global Roundtable will include one global meeting that will include two parts to take place during the OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum. It will also include several thematic and regional round tables that will take place throughout the spring season, as follows: • Global Roundtable on business integrity trends and standards, and on compliance with these standards in the post-covid world, 24 March 2021 • Regional Roundtable: Eastern Europe and Central Asia (12 May TBC), Asia and the Pacific (30 March), Africa (2nd week of April) • Thematic Roundtable: Non-judicial remedies (April) and Incentives for compliance (May)
13:15 CET - 14:45 CET
Measuring fraud and loss amid a pandemic
As governments battle COVID-19 and spend at unprecedented levels to shore up the economy, they face the parallel challenge of mitigating risks of fraud, waste, abuse and error. To prevent and detect these risks, governments require the policies, capacity and tools to prioritise efforts and understand the magnitude of risks. The focus on risk-based approaches and assessments have been a critical, but are they enough? Over the last decade, many governments and institutions have made great strides to improve the measurement of fraud and loss towards more evidence-based policies and actions. During this session, panellists will share their knowledge about what has worked, opportunities and challenges, and cautionary advice when measuring fraud and loss.
13:15 CET - 14:45 CET
OECD Business Integrity Roundtable (Part Two): Catalysing Compliance in the post COVID-19 world
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed companies to increased risks and compliances challenges, and compliance officers are learning to navigate a new operating environment and business landscape. This second session of the OECD Business Integrity Roundtable will provide an opportunity for the private sector, including members of the Trust in Business Network operating in ethics and compliance functions, to discuss what concrete programs, corporate policies, incentives, and collective actions can be developed to promote cultures of integrity for a more resilient future. This session will focus on the practical implementation of these issues and the role of international Organisations, including the OECD, in promoting drivers, incentives, and enforcement of trusted solutions. In the closing segment, Mr. Drago Kos, the Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, will reflect on the business integrity trends and standards, challenges and opportunities for better compliance. He will discuss how the Business Integrity Roundtable can provide a platform for follow-up work led by the OECD and its partners. In 2021, the Global Roundtable will include one global meeting that will include two parts to take place during the OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum. It will also include several thematic and regional round tables that will take place throughout the spring season, as follows: • Global Roundtable on business integrity trends and standards, and on compliance with these standards in the post-covid world, 24 March 2021 • Regional Roundtable: Eastern Europe and Central Asia (12 May TBC), Asia and the Pacific (30 March), Africa (2nd week of April) • Thematic Roundtable: Non-judicial remedies (April) and Incentives for compliance (May)
15:00 CET - 16:10 CET
REGISTER: Strengthening Latin American democracy through transparency post-COVID-19
This session needs to be registered for separately from the Forum - scroll down to access the registration form, or copy the link into your browser: https://bit.ly/2OkAKHS This session is organised by the Chilean Transparency Council. The language of this session is Spanish. Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, democracies worldwide have been confronted not only with the sanitary and economic effects of the crisis, but also with serious challenges for democratic institutions. The crisis has disrupted the regular functioning of institutions, and therefore undermined the government’s effectiveness in the recovery. This led public servants to accelerate administrative processes related to the delivery of goods and services, has affected the balances in terms of accountability, transparency and access to information, in particular, the lobbying disclosure. Considering the current development of the pandemic, with forthcoming new sanitary measures and the deployment of massive vaccination programs worldwide, the question of transparency and access to public information is relevant for social accountability. This webinar intends to explore how governmental institutions are already preparing (if they are) for the aftermath of the crisis, focusing on how they will confront the future to ensure transparent, accountable and responsive mechanisms, to restore confidence in their own democratic processes. Speakers: Julio Bacio, Acting Head of Division at OECD Blanca Lilia Ibarra, President of INAI (México) Gloria de la Fuente, President of the Chilean Transparency Council (Chile) Otavio Neves, Director for Transparency and Civic Engagement for Government Oversight of the Comptroller (Brazil) Moderator: Natalia Gonzalez, Commissioner at the Board at the Chilean Transparency Council. Organisation's website: www.cplt.cl
15:00 CET - 16:30 CET
De-railing corruption in procurement: Behaviour, data and norms
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of robust public sector systems into sharp focus. Emergencies bring new risks and threats to managing large scale procurements for developed and developing countries alike. Public and private sectors, along with civil society actors all have a role to play in this. Changing behaviours and shifting norms depends on not just good quality data but also taking advantage of new technologies, generating the tools to use that data and engage citizens to minimise opportunities for corruption. Behavioural science has an important role to play within this arena as well as data standards and the GovTech tool-box of innovative public policies. This event brings together experts from government modernisation, digitalisation, public procurement and anti-corruption to ensure that open government tools and innovative methodologies support policy makers to improve procurement. The panel will comprise of experts cross-cutting these themes, emphasising the contribution that behavioural scientists can make to the A-C/Integrity agenda (https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/01/25/where-is-the-behavioral-insights-revolution-in-anticorruption/#more-12648)
15:00 CET - 16:30 CET
Maintaining checks and controls in international supply chains in times of COVID-19
OECD responsible business conduct (RBC) standards recommend companies map their supply chains, and to identify and respond to risks. They also recommend carrying out independent third party checks or audits to ensure integrity and accountability of supply chains. In the early days of the health crisis, these audits were either postponed or cancelled, all the while as risks changed with disruptions that reconfigured supply chains. Industry associations operating in various supply chains have since developed innovative approaches to maintain some level of verification. This session will explore how established RBC procedures have been adapted to meet the challenges created by the pandemic.
16:45 CET - 17:45 CET
Ending the shell game: Cracking down on the professionals who enable tax and white collar crimes
White collar crimes like tax evasion, bribery, and corruption are often concealed through complex legal structures and financial transactions facilitated by lawyers, accountants, financial institutions and other “professional enablers” of such crimes. These crimes have significant impacts on government revenue, public confidence and economic growth, including the recovery from COVID-19. A new report by the OECD’s Task Force on Tax Crimes and Other Crimes sets out a range of strategies and actions for countries to take to tackle professional intermediaries who enable tax evasion and other financial crimes on behalf of their criminal clients. This session will highlight the damaging role played by intermediaries who enable financial crimes on behalf of their criminal clients, and the importance of concerted domestic and international action in clamping down on the enablers of crime. The panel will bring together leading experts to discuss the challenges posed by professional enablers; the report’s recommendations for deterring, disrupting, investigating and prosecuting these intermediaries; as well as current and emerging risks, including those arising from the difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the new report at http://www.oecd.org/tax/crime/ending-the-shell-game-cracking-down-on-the-professionals-who-enable-tax-and-white-collar-crimes.htm
16:45 CET - 18:15 CET
Growing state involvement in the business sector: Growing corruption problems?
In response to COVID-19, the state is getting more involved in the business sector, offering crisis-related financial support to private firms and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This session will explore how emergency measures for SOEs may create or exacerbate corruption risks that are frequent in the state-owned sector. Panelists will seek to identify how the state, as enterprise owner, guarantor and lender, can take steps to avoid irregular practices. During the session, the OECD will launch and draw from its latest tool for promoting integrity in the SOE sector: an Implementation Guide that accompanies the OECD Guidelines on Anti-Corruption and Integrity in State-Owned Enterprises.