TIPS Newsletter | May 2020

Updated: Jul 2

Dear TIPS Member,


The TIPS team hopes that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. Alongside a series of corruption and compliance podcasts of interest we shared with you last month, the TIPS team hosted its first virtual networking drinks, which showed that equally engaging discussions can take place from the comfort of your WFH location! We discussed the engagement of youth in the anti-corruption agenda and practical challenges relating to UWOs.

This month, the TIPS team is bringing two online events to your inbox – a fireside chat on how the corruption landscape will look in emerging and developing markets after the pandemic and our monthly networking drinks. Over the next two newsletters, we will be welcoming applications to be on the TIPS committee for 2020/21. If you would like to learn more about the experience of existing committee members, do feel free to reach out to the TIPS team via the TIPS website.


Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for May 2020. We look forward to seeing you soon.

- the TIPS team

1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)


Digital supply chains, sustainability and transparency | 3 June 2020 | 5-5.30pm BST


Government transparency in the age of a pandemic | 4 June 2020 | 8-9pm BST

Transparency and Responsibility in Digital Advertising | 17 June 2020 | 2-3pm BST


How real-time visibility empowers supply chain organizations | 18 June 2020 | 2-3pm BST


How will the corruption landscape look in emerging and developing markets after the pandemic? | 18 June 2020 | 6-7pm BST


TIPS Networking Drinks | 29 June 2020 | 7-8pm BST


2. Recent Events

Healthcare and Industry: What does responsible business look like in times of crisis? | Summary


On 13 May 2020, Rachel Cooper, Director of Transparency International Health Initiative, and Mihaly Fazekas, scientific director of the Government Transparency Institute, spoke at a webinar hosted by Mayer Brown. They considered questions around corruption risks in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector during times of crisis and spoke of lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to date.


TIPS Networking Drinks | Summary


On 26 May 2020, 16 TIPS members joined the first virtual TIPS networking discussion. Sofia Tirini (TIPS member, OECD) drew on her experience at the OECD in speaking about the engagement of youth in the anti-corruption agenda. Then Joseph Sinclair (TIPS committee member, University of Sussex) and Adam Bakran (TIPS Outreach Lead, FTI Consulting) discussed some recent updates and practical challenges around unexplained wealth orders.

It was an engaging discussion with perspectives from academia, forensic accounting, law and international organisations being brought to the table.


3. TIPS Advocacy: One Minute Reads


A number of 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!

As ever, if you want to draft/share any One Minute Reads on the TIPS website or have any questions about this initiative, please contact Alex Sidossis, TIPS Advocacy Lead, at asidossis@4-5.co.uk.


4. Items of Interest

New TI-UK publication. Fighting corruption worldwide. See here.


TI-UK blogs.

- UK Anti-Corruption coalition: COVID-19 statement. See here.

- Corruption and coronavirus. See here.

- First, do no harm: spending the global coronavirus response pledges properly. See here.

- Responsible lobbying during COVID-19: how to manage corporate political engagement. See here.

Other blogs.

- Work from home options trigger new internal compliance concerns. See here.

- Now is the perfect time to expand the role of compliance officers. See here.

- A traveling compliance team is good for business. See here.

- How data analytics helps us identify and manage compliance risks. See here.

News articles.

- Surge in HMRC asset seizure orders. See here.

- Outsourcer G4S Hit With Shareholder Suit Over SFO Probe. See here.

- FCA Warns Pandemic Could Increase Market Abuse Risks. See here.

- Trafigura investigated for alleged corruption, market manipulation. See here.

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