Updated: Oct 3
Dear TIPS Member,
It has been another busy year for TI-UK: its Annual Impact Report 2022-2023 highlights a number of successes in the fight against dirty money and efforts to improve integrity in politics, including the following:
A seven yearlong campaign resulted in the creation of the Register of Overseas Entities (ROE) in January 2023.
The ‘Partners in Crime Report’ set out the likely scale of abuse of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) in high-level white-collar crime to support TI-UK’s calls for reform.
A new code of conduct for MPs (banning politicians from accepting cash for lobbying services) came into effect – the goal of a TI-UK campaign to prevent UK public policy being influenced by private interests.
The Russian Asset Tracker TI-UK and OCCRP collaboration won the European Press Award for Innovation, raising awareness of the urgent need for transparency to uncover the hidden assets of those close to the Kremlin.
We encourage you to read the full TI-UK Annual Impact Report for more details on the latest impact of TI-UK’s UK and global programmes and to see the impact of the organisation we are all supporting through TIPS!
TI-UK at #RISK London. Separately, as an official partner of this year’s #RISK London event, TI-UK will be showcasing its Corporate Anti-Corruption Benchmark at this year's #RISK conference – the premier event for risk professionals in the UK – see more details in Upcoming Events below. You will find the TI-UK team at stand 57 in the exhibition hall on 18 and 19 October. Register here and enjoy a complimentary drink at the bar post-event.
ECB2 Watch. The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill (Bill) is currently “ping ponging” between the Commons and the Lords. It will next be debated in the House of Lords on 18 October 2023 (follow live here). The Bill inter alia broadens the powers available to Companies House, tightens up identification procedure, and permits the SRA to impose unlimited fines for misconduct related to economic office. However, there are various loopholes which some Peers have been trying to close. TIPS Committee Member, Lucy Nash, recently discussed the latest developments on a panel titled Daylight robbery? Tackling economic crime in the U.K at the Tory Party conference alongside Tom Tugenhat MP, John Penrose MP, Daniel Bruce and Diane Banks.
Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for September 2023. We look forward to seeing you soon.
- the TIPS team
1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)
TIPS Event | War in Ukraine: The Impact on Anti-corruption and Reconstruction Efforts | 24 October 2023 | 7-8pm BST
Why the politicisation of ESG could endanger transparency | 12 October 2023 | 1.15pm BST
#Risk London | ExCel, London | 18-19 October 2023
ESG Week: Energy and Mining Forum | 6 Nov 2023 | 10am-6pm BST
2. Jobs Board
- Research Project Manager – Government Defence Index (GDI), TI-UK, London. Apply here.
- Financial and Environmental Crime Researcher, Themis, London / Abu Dhabi / Dubai. Details here.
- Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Harrods, London. Apply here.
- Lead Associate, Compliance Risk and Diligence, Kroll, London. Apply here.
- Legal Researcher, Spotlight on Corruption, London. Apply here.
- Intern, International Anti-Corruption Academy, Laxenburg, Austria. Apply here.
3. Items of Interest
- TI-DS Spotlight: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.5. See here.
- Corruption risk and military operations: a strategic priority to be addressed. See here.
- Acoba reform delays increase 'revolving door' corruption risks. See here.
- Personal data protection has a sole purpose, and shielding corporate structures from sunlight isn’t it. See here.
- Switzerland takes a step towards ending corporate secrecy: will it be enough? See here.
- Kickback: Michela Wrong on the story behind ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’ and her writing on Africa. Listen here.
- ESG Now: Bribing Olympic Committees and Tracing Ben & Jerry’s Supply Chain. Listen here.
- Dark Money Files: Ownership, Control, or Influence? UBOs and further complications. Listen here.
- The United Nations is ‘Failing Whistleblowers’: What Needs to Change? See here.
- Would the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act Help the U.S. Counter China? here.
- Guide for governments: supporting meaningful civil society participation and contributions around the UNCAC COSP here.
- Oligarchs fret about their assets as UK fights to keep tabs on their spending. See here.
- Should we congratulate the Taliban for reducing corruption? See here.
- 'Ukrainians understand corruption can kill’: Kyiv takes on an old enemy. See here.
- UK’s top editors call for standalone anti-SLAPP bill. See here.
4. 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!
5. 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.
7. Focus on...
Head of Regional Ethics
and Compliance | Special
Oversight at Meta
TIPS Committee Member
Why did you get involved with the TIPS network?
I’m passionate about fighting corruption. Corruption is a fundamental problem that is undermining governance, economic growth, and justice in our world. TI works to address it and by getting involved with TIPS, I hope to play a small role in making the world a fairer and more just place. I also feel networks can be a powerful force for change.
By being part of the TIPS network, I can tap into the experience of other members and work with them to amplify our voice and increase our impact. Finally, it’s great to just connect with other like-minded people who are passionate about fighting corruption and committed to making the world a better place.
Please describe your experience as part of the TIPS network.
I’ve had a great experience being part of TIPS over the past couple of years. The network is really focused on its mission, goals, and activities. I’ve especially appreciated the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other professionals who are passionate about the same issues as me. In particular, I have enjoyed attending the events and the networking opportunities. I now hope to bring some value to the network myself by being part of the Managing Committee and perhaps supporting other members by sharing my knowledge and experience or by taking on mentoring opportunities.
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