TIPS Newsletter | May 2021

Dear TIPS Member,


This month, we bid farewell to our wonderful TIPS intern, Hendrix Nkamicaniye. Over the past three months, Hendrix has been instrumental preparing and uploading regular One Minute Reads and maintaining various TIPS social media channels. His contributions have been really valuable and the TIPS team is very grateful for his volunteer supports during this time. We wish Hendrix well as he concludes his MA in Corruption and Governance at the University of Sussex.


This month, we bring your attention to Transparency International’s recent report “Make It Count” which explores why and how a company ought to measure the effectiveness of its approach to anti-corruption. Building on its 2020 report Open Business, this report analyses what is understood by “measuring effectiveness”, highlights practical considerations and provides examples of metrics that are proving useful for companies. In particular, the report draws an important distinction between activity metrics and impact metrics in understanding how to measure effectiveness. Read the full report here.


Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for May 2021. We look forward to seeing you (online) soon.


- the TIPS team

1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)


TIPS Virtual Talk | 28 June 2021 | 7-8pm BST


TIPS Virtual Talk | 26 July 2021 | 7-8pm BST


2021 Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference | 16 June 2021 | 9.30-4pm BST


Preparing for your AML Compliance Audit – Best Practice Tips | 16 June 2021 | 12-1pm BST


ESG Risks | 24 June 2021 | 5.30-6.30pm BST


Building Resilience: The Evolving Role of Corporate Governance | 8 July 2021 | 6-7pm BST


2. 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!


3. Items of Interest


TI UK Publication: Make It Count. This report explores how to effectively measure compliance programmes through a combination of activity metrics and impact metrics. See here.


TI Europe and Global Witness: Mandatory Due Diligence Legislation in the EU.This study argues why anti-corruption considerations should be incorporated into emerging mandatory human right and environmental due diligence legislation in the EU. See here.


EIA Report: Tackling Financial Flows from illegal wildlife trade in East Asia. This report examines how financial institutions can reduce wildlife crime by scrutinising financial flows of criminal syndicates from East Asia and highlights the transnational nature of wildlife crime from East Africa to East Asia. See here.


TI UK blogs.

- Coronavirus Inquiry Must Examine How Government Spent Public Money. See here.

- New Report Outlines Business Case For Proving Compliance Works. See here.

- Queen’s Speech A Missed Opportunity To Strengthen UK’s Defences Against Dirty Money. See here.


Podcasts.

- Trace: Cannabis and Compliance. Listen here.

- Corruption Crime Compliance: Proactive Compliance: Monitoring, Testing and Audits. Listen here.

- The Dark Money Files: Everyone’s a critic! Listen here.


Other items.

- Business and Human Rights: The Corruption Dimension. See here.

- China’s proposed data security and personal IP laws will impact investigations. See here.

- US charges Bolivian ex-minister Murillo with corruption. See here.

- James Ibori: UK returns $5.8m stolen by ex-governor to Nigeria. See here.


4. Jobs Board


- Employment and Compliance Specialist, Law Absolute, London. See here.

- Forensic Accountant, Government Recruitment Service, London, UK. See here.

- Financial Crime Officer, Handelsbanken, Manchester. See here.


5. A Focus on...

Jacmen Kouakou

TIPS member


Student, MA Corruption and Governance, University of Sussex


Behavioural Compliance Expert Intern, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


Why did you get involved with TIPS?


I learned about the TIPS network from Ph.D. student Irasema Guzmán of the Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex. She invited the Corruption and Governance Masters Students to attend the "Corruption and Compliance career path to tackling financial crime" event in November 2020. The excellent professional background and the calibre of the panellists amazed me. In addition, the topic appealed to me because I would like to pursue a career in the anti-corruption compliance sector in future. Moreover, the TIPS Network brings together many professionals whose experience and advice can help me further my career.


Please describe your experience as part of the TIPS Network.


My experience with the TIPS Network is one of a kind. The TIPS Network has helped me to get robust skills in the anti-corruption compliance and fraud investigations sector. Attending the monthly TIPS talks has developed my understanding of the topics discussed. It has also enabled me to connect to professionals who are willing to support me in advancing my career. For example, one-to-one virtual meetings with TIPS Network professionals James Ford and Reecha Patel has supported me in my ongoing research examining the design and implementation of anti-corruption compliance programmes.


Connect with Jacmen on LinkedIn.

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