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TIPS Newsletter | December 2021

Dear TIPS Member,

It has been a busy year for the TIPS Network and a challenging year for us all. Thank you, as ever, to the wonderful members of the TIPS Managing Committee who continue to volunteer their time and effort to bring more success to the TIPS Network and to support TI-UK. TIPS activities continued online over the past year, enabling TIPS to reach new members across the world, including in Argentina, France, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and the UAE. This has provided an increasingly international platform for the continued discussion of new and emerging anti-corruption topics and for the promotion of TI-UK’s important work. Some 2021 highlights include:

  • TIPS has grown to more than 430 members across more than seven countries;

  • We have hosted 12 TIPS events featuring 24 speakers and promoted 50 affiliate events;

  • TIPS hosted its second careers panel and launched its first mentorship initiative;

  • TIPS members helped TI-UK to reach its Big Give match-funding fundraising target of £12,000 in Dec 2021.

Thank you, for your support of TI-UK, of TIPS and of the anti-corruption movement! Together, let’s hope in 2022 we can keep on promoting the anti-corruption agenda and use our collective experience for good!

Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for December 2021. We look forward to seeing you soon.

- the TIPS team


TIPS - 2021 at a Glance

1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)

TIPS Virtual Talk | 31 Jan 2022 | 7-8pm GMT

TIPS: Four years on – In conversation with Frank Vogl | 15 February 2022 | 6.30-8pm GMT

GI-ACE weekly series | 13 Jan 2022 | 9-10am GMT

ESG Requirements and Impacts on Boards | 13 Jan 2022 | 11am-12pm GMT

Kleptocracy and Asset Recovery | 19 Jan 2022 | 1.30-4pm GMT

Engaging International Human Rights following a Global Crisis | 4 Feb 2022 | 5-7pm GMT


2. Recent Events

Featured event: TI-UK Annual Lecture

"Corruption undermines values and value systems. It erodes trust in public institutions and the notion of a fair social contract. It represents the misallocation of financial resources from public services and other investments that help vulnerable people to improve their lives."

- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organisation.

On 15 December 2021, Mayer Brown partnered with Transparency International UK to host its annual Anti-Corruption Lecture, featuring one of the world's leading anti-corruption advocates Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, as keynote speaker. Dr Okonjo-Iweala described corrupt activities as “cancerous cells” wh

ich infect entire sectors, thereby harming the socio-economic structures that underpin the financial system. She highlighted the challenges in locating, recovering and holding people accountable for ‘stolen funds’, and how even if returned to government entities, funds may still then be misappropriated.

The session ended with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s hopes and aspirations for 2022. These included:

  • Working to remove vaccine inequity by increasing vaccine production and distribution; and

  • Developing rules to govern digital trade and progressing a greater ability to track the receipt of the proceeds of corrupt practices.

Watch highlights of the lecture here; and a full recording here.

Global Integrity ACE Report | Summary

On 8 December 2021, Global Integrity ACE published and launched a new Chatham House report titled The UK’s Kleptocracy Problem: how servicing post-Soviet elites weakens the rule of law. The report includes an original database of £2 Billion in property purchases by post-Soviet elites in the UK and a close analysis of how the enabling of these elites undermines the fairness and efficiency of the rule of law across a range of issues and institutions. TIPS member Tena Prelec co-authored this excellent research.


3. Items of Interest

TI blogs.

- Annual Anti-corruption lecture 2021 highlights. See here.

- Vaccine equity - the other half of the equation. See here.

- Analysing money laundering risk in the UK’s e-payment sector. See here.

- IACD 2021: Now it is not the time for complacency in the fight against corruption. See here.


- Kickback: The Global Anticorruption podcast. Casey Michel on American support for kleptocracies across the globe. Listen here.

- Tax Justice Network podcast: Tax Haven Ireland. Listen here.

Other items.

- US announces strategy on countering corruption. See strategy here; see fact sheet here; see analysis here.

- HSBC fined £64m for AML failings. See here.

- UK’s anti-money laundering measures need complete reset. See here.

- State capture and inequality. Research paper by Elizabeth David-Barrett. See here.

- U.S SEC mandates Chinese companies detail ownership structure, audits. See here.

Predicting the future of Ethics and Compliance.

- TIPS member Artem Hrytsak has launched a blog series focused on predicting major trends in ethics and compliance in 5 years’ time. See the launch here. This month, we present three trends Artem has identified:


4. Jobs Board

- Research Officer, TI UK, London. See here.

- Senior Research Analyst, TI UK, London. See here.

- Director, Investigations and Strategy, Google. See here.


5. One Minute Reads

New One Minute Reads have been uploaded to the TIPS website. Please do click the link to read more – perfect for your morning/evening WFH coffee break!


6. Support TI-UK directly by joining Friends of TI-UK!

As a friend of TI-UK you will receive updates from TI-UK directly about TI-UK's ground-breaking research & advocacy campaigns. Your subscription will also support TI-UK's ongoing work across the UK, Business, Health, Defence & Security initiatives. Find out more here.

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