B20 Mexico (2012)

This was the first year that the B20 set up dedicated taskforces, including a taskforce on Improving Transparency and Anti-Corruption. 

Other taskforces were: Food Security; Green Growth; Employment; Trade & Investment; ICT and Innovation; Financing for Growth and Development.

The G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group also published a new Action Plan for 2013–2014.

Policy document: B20 Task Force Recommendations: Concrete Actions for Los Cabos

Excerpts:

B20 key priorities for G20 governments

1.    B20 strongly urges the establishment of a permanent G20 Working Group on AC through future G20 presidencies;

2.    G20 should streamline their public procurement process to address the demand-side of bribery and to encourage and further incentivize business against corruption;

3.    Piloting possible private sector engagement processes and mechanisms in the UNCAC review process and beyond;

4.    Other government recommendations not included above:

  • G20 should endorse common principles on asset disclosure for public officials;
  • Compendium of best practices on the fight against solicitation/common principles on enforcement of foreign bribery legislation;
  • G20 governments should introduce measures asking companies, including SOEs to certify that they have a robust anticorruption compliance program in place as an eligibility requirement to participate in public tenders and to benefit from export financing;
  • Governments should address issues related to article 4.3 of OECD ABC and articles 48 and 49 of UNCAC concerning multiple jurisdictions, law enforcement cooperation, joint investigations and coordinated sanctions and should evaluate the need to revise national rules.
New list of recommendations 

1.    Ensure transparency in public procurement

  • Governments commit to conduct independent assessments of their procurement systems, for example through OECD procurement reviews or other international mechanisms;
  • Governments commit to put in place effective mechanisms to require public officials in vulnerable positions to disclose relevant assets;
  • Business commit to elaborate a detailed diagnostic of risks in public procurement cycles, including in the pre-tendering and execution phase;
  • Business commits to set up and regularly update ethics and compliance programs, taking into account international and industry standards;
  • Governments and business commit to enter integrity pacts, consistently with anti-trust regulations and to develop specific joint sectoral initiatives.

2. 

  • Collective Action Initiatives: Invite all private sector participants to join existing Collective Action initiatives in their respective sectors/industries or initiate multi-sector initiatives in their respective countries of origin and all countries in which they operate;
  • Documentation of private sector-led Collective Action initiatives: Document, measure and share the existing private sector-led Collective action initiatives through a central hub for reference to all countries/sectors;
  • Adoption of Codes of Conduct and Other Tools: Communicate and foster the adoption of codes of conduct and other tools available to private sector participants in order to ingrain anti-corruption in each organization’s corporate culture;
  • High-level Reporting Mechanisms: Continue establishing appropriate forms of high-level reporting mechanisms to address allegations of solicitation of bribes by government officials;
  • Public and private sector partnerships: Generate public sector and private sector partnerships to address the need to collaborate in anti-corruption initiatives.

3.    Engage the Private Sector to Participate in Peer Reviews Required by the UNCAC and Continue Consultation with the OECD Working Group on Bribery in the Context of its Monitoring Mechanism.

4.    Create Business Programs, Including Training, to Encourage Cross-fertilization within the Private Sector and Between Public and Private, with a Specific Focus on Capacity-building.

5.    Encourage the Adoption of Business Codes of Conduct− Specific Focus on SMEs.

6.    Strengthen the Legal and Regulatory Framework on Anti-Corruption.