TIPS Newsletter | November 2021
Dear TIPS Member,
As we enter the festive season, TIPS would like to thank you all for continuing to support and engage with TIPS in 2021. TIPS has continued to run mostly virtually and garner increasing online engagement on social media and at our events. This month, we ran the second ever TIPS Career Panel. You can read a summary of the event below.
Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year which launched on 30 November as a—one week—time limited fundraising campaign where you can double your impact of giving! If every TIPS member contributes just £25 to this campaign, together we would have a more than £10,000 impact for TI-UK. This is a great chance for the TIPS community to make a doubly meaningful contribution to TI-UK! Recent events in the UK illustrate how TI-UK’s work is as important as ever: just see its Annual Impact Report 2020-21. We encourage you to:
Donate to TI-UK’s campaign before 12pm on 7 December – any amount will have double the impact; and
Share and like the TIPS Network’s call to action on LinkedIn.
The Big Give is a fantastic opportunity to support the vital work of TI-UK. Whether it is campaigning directly to politicians and businesses or conducting pioneering research, it aims to raise anti-corruption standards, increase accountability and create genuine, systematic change in the fight against corruption.
Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for November 2021. We look forward to seeing you soon.
- the TIPS team
1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)
Online Anti-Corruption Lecture: In conversation with Dr Okonjo-Iweala |
15 Dec 2021 | 5:30 PM GMT
Launch of the OECD Public Integrity Indicators portal | 9 Dec 2021 | 10:30am GMT
2. Recent Events
TIPS Careers Panel | Summary
On 17 November, the TIPS Network hosted its second ever Careers Panel. More than 20 attendees joined to learn about paths to tackling financial crime through compliance, investigation and law.
The event was introduced and moderated by TIPS Outreach Lead Hélène Kadjar and TIPS Committee Chair James Ford. Panellists included Alice Berggrun (OECD), Fabiana Lacerca-Allen (Chief Compliance Officer at Aimmune Therapeutics) and TIPS members Adam Bakran and James Ford. The speakers reflected on their experiences working to tackle financial crime in different legal, accounting and compliance roles. Breakout rooms with other TIPS members followed for wide-ranging discussions in a smaller group setting about the variety of avenues in a career in anti-corruption.
Many thanks to all the panellists for sharing their experiences and career advice, and particular thanks to Hélène Kadjar for orchestrating this excellent event.
TIPS Virtual Talk | Summary
On 29 November, TIPS members attended an inspiring discussion on "Corruption and Ethics: the power of networks - corporate insight”. The particular focus was on the story of Women in Ethics & Compliance (WEC)’s development into an established global and inclusive network for women in ethics and integrity professions.
We hosted Luciane Mallmann and Gina Green who led the discussion as chairwoman and vice chair respectively of WEC. They shared their own personal and professional experiences about work, ethics, and the value and importance of creating supportive networks across the global ethics and compliance community. Many thanks to Luciane and Gina for presenting such a wonderful talk!
3. TIPS Mentorship Programme
Launched at the TIPS Careers Panel, we have inaugurated a new, selective mentorship programme. Attendees at the Careers Panel were invited to submit a short application on the basis of their interests and experience with anti-corruption work. Several have been accepted for participation. We are keen to hear from TIPS members who may like to mentor a student or young professional over several months. Please contact Hélène Kadjar to volunteer as a mentor.
4. Items of Interest
- The Government Defence Integrity Index: A Roadmap to a Better Defence Sector. See here.
- Leaking VIP Lane Names Does Not Get the Government of the Hook for Pandemic Procurement. See here.
- A Dangerous Week for our Democracy by Daniel Bruce, TI-UK’s CEO. See here.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: The Investigations Podcast. A podcast on investigative techniques and experience in which two private sector investigators from Schillings interview various sector practitioners. Listen here.
- SFO reclaims funds from Unaoil executive. See here.
- How US and UK regulators are targeting greenwashing. See here.
- UK returns proceeds of corrupt scheme to Chad. See here.
- ESG Due Diligence: A New Class of Risk (by TIPS Committee Member Will Jenkins). See here.
- Expert Report – Prosecution of sanctions (restrictive measures) violations in national jurisdictions: a comparative analysis. Read more here.
5. Jobs Board
- Senior Research Analyst, Transparency International UK (London, UK). See here.
- Several opportunities with the UN Global Compact which works for corporate sustainability (Denmark or remote through Western Europe). See here.
- Associate Lawyers - Interventions and Investigation Teams, Financial Conduct Authority (London, UK). See here.
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. A Focus on...
Associate, Disputes and
Investigations Norton Rose
Fulbright (Middle East) LLP;
Founder and Editor,
Africa Accountability Watch.
Why did you get involved with TIPS?
I became a member of the TIPS network while working as a Trainee at Norton Rose Fulbright. I was a full-time anti-corruption and open governance activist in my home country of Ghana prior to starting my Training Contract, and I was looking for a way to continue to champion anti-corruption reforms and transparency while developing my professional legal skills. As fate would have it, I started a rotation in the Corporate Disputes and Investigations team at NRF a few months after TIPS was launched. I was privileged to watch James Ford build the network and to learn from him, and other experienced business ethics lawyers like the amazing Sam Eastwood, as part of my day-to-day work. I eventually joined the TIPS management committee as advocacy lead for one term and got to work closely with James Ford in the very early days of TIPS.
Please describe your experience as part of the TIPS Network.
As an early member of TIPS and former management committee member, it has been a delight to watch the network grow into what it is today. Although I am now based in the UAE, the monthly TIPS newsletters help me stay up to date on developments in the transparency space in the UK. I've also been able to join a few of the monthly TIPS events virtually, and have always come away better informed, and inspired by the speakers. The TIPS newsletter was a key inspiration behind the launch of my newsletter Africa Accountability Watch which aims to track developments in the transparency and accountability space in Africa and spark the cross-pollination of ideas for accountability innovations between activist lawyers, prosecutors and civil society leaders.
Connect with Lolan on LinkedIn.