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TIPS Newsletter | September 2020

Dear TIPS Member,

As a new academic year begins, the TIPS Network continues to support Transparency International UK’s outreach and advocacy efforts through online engagement. One particular release to bring to your attention is TI-UK’s latest Impact Report. You can read reflections on this from TI-UK’s Chief Executive, Daniel Bruce, here. Highlights include:

  • At Your Service: TI-UK’s report that laid bare how Britain’s professional and business services, from law firms and PR companies to private schools and estate agents, play a key role in embedding dirty money into the country.

  • Advocacy successes: including the Crown Dependencies and the Cayman Islands announcing they will adopt public registers of company ownership so that the corrupt cannot hide behind shell companies, and the Chancellor introducing a levy on banks and other regulated companies to fund policing of economic crime.

  • New TI-UK Guidance: As businesses looked to build new supply chains often in high risk markets, TI-UK provided critical anti-bribery and corruption guidance and training to companies, helping them to navigate an increasingly tricky landscape.

  • Open Contracting Health Initiative: With health care procurement a key target for corruption during the pandemic, we worked to make global procurement more transparent through our Health Initiative’s Open Contracting for Health project, focusing on Uganda, Zambia, Nepal, Kenya and South Africa.

We highly recommend that you read the Impact Report to learn about the many other successes TI-UK has achieved in the past year. Please do promote TI-UK’s successes and campaigns among friends and colleagues.

Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for September 2020. We look forward to seeing you (online) soon.

- the TIPS team


1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)

TIPS Networking Discussion | 26 October 2020 | 7-8pm BST

TIPS Networking Discussion | 30 November 2020 | 7-8pm BST

Responding to shifts in the ABC landscape | 2 Oct 2020 | 12-1pm BST

Collective Action to prevent corruption – an innovative approach | 6 Oct 2020 | 1-2pm BST

Tackling modern slavery in our supply chains | 7 Oct 2020 | 11-12pm BST

Modern Slavery in the workplace – the hidden ones | 15 Oct 2020 | 9.45-1pm BST

Coping with Worldwide White Collar Crime Threats | 29 Oct 2020 | 3-4pm GMT

Anti-fraud & Anti-corruption initiative for Africa | 31 Oct 2020 | 2-5pm GMT

2. Recent Events

TIPS Virtual Talk | Summary

On 28 September 2020, 27 TIPS members attended a thought provoking discussion with presentations by Jessica Lightowler, TIPS Social Media Lead, about her work and experience as Global Counter Fraud Analyst at the British Council, and by TIPS members Tom Mayne and Tena Prelec on their ongoing research focusing on nexus between money laundering the and UK real estate market.

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

4. Items of Interest

TI-UK press release. FinCEN files – more stark evidence of the UK’s role in global money laundering. See here.

TI-UK blogs.

- How FinCEN files highlight the UK’s outdated corporate liability regime. See here.

- What the FinCEN files tell us about the UK’s role in money laundering. See here.

- How dirty money is embedding in the UK – TI-UK video animation. See here.

- A year in the first against corruption. See here.

- What is the cost of poor procurement practice – looking at Open Contracting in Uganda. See here.

News items.

- Money laundering and terrorism financing risks in Cyprus during Covid. See here.

- It’s still too easy to launder money in London, warns top law enforcer. See here.

- Cleaning up bribery in a Changed World. See here.

Other items.

- Opinion. Liz David-Barrett writes that Boris Johnson’s government is doing little to deny it exploited the Covid crisis to benefit cronies. See here.

- Blogpost. Robert Barrington writes about the implications on the anti-corruption agenda of the FCO-DFID merger. See here.

- Blogpost. How Chief Compliance Officers became today’s super executives. See here.

- Academic paper. Evaluating anti-corruption agencies: learning from the Caribbean by Liz David-Barrett et al. See here.

5. Jobs Board

- EMEA Anti-Corruption Compliance Officer – VP Legal, JPMorgan (London, UK). See here.

- Anti-Bribery, Corruption & Fraud Consultant, Standard Life Aberdeen (Edinburgh, Scotland). See here.

- Third Party Risk Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton (VA, USA - temporarily remote). See here.

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