B20 Russia (2013)

The Russian B20 Presidency in 2013 established a Transparency and Anti-Corruption taskforce.

Other taskforces in this cycle were: Investment and Infrastructure; Financial System – Restoring Confidence ad Growth; Trade as a Growth Driver; Innovation and Development as a Global Priority; Job Creation, Employment and Investments in Human Capital; G20-B20 Dialogue Efficiency.

The Russian B20 policy document mandates the establishment of the B20 Collective Action Hub (see first tab below).

Policy document: B20 Transparency and Anti-Corruption Recommendations 2013

Excerpts:

Background to Recommendations:

Recommendations restricted to two major concerns of the private sector: (1) how business can combat and resist the solicitation of bribes, especially when bidding in public tenders and 2) our ability, as companies, to guarantee the highest standards of integrity of our own employees and to build the capacity of our dealers, distributors and suppliers to aspire to similar standards

Combined with our recommendations to enhance the G20-B20 dialogue, to support the establishment of Anti-Corruption Centres of Excellence in each G20 country and to strengthen the role of the B20, the Collective Action Hub should become the centre of a wheel whose spokes will reach deep into every G20 country.

Number of successes – introduction in April 2013 of the first HLRM by the government of Colombia.

Recommendations:

1.    Enhancing the dialogue between B20 and G20 and strengthening the role of B20

  • Recommend that B20…
  • Involve private sector in UNCAC review mechanism
  • Given important role of civil society in opposing corruption and the inclusion of anti-corruption in the C20 agenda, we recommend that the B20 TF should work closely with the C20 including through regular joint meetings of the G20 B20 and C20 starting from June 2013

2.    Combating the solicitation of bribes

  • We recommend that the G20 governments should include an agreement on transparency in government procurement in future rounds of global trade talks.
  • We recommend that the G20 governments should benchmark their performance in government procurement when a new World Bank indicator is launched in 2013.
  • We recommend that from 2013, the G20 governments should consider introducing a High Level Reporting Mechanism, and study the experience of countries which have already done so.
  • We recommend that the G20 governments should encourage and support fair and transparent procurement practices outside the G20 countries as a part of their external trade and development programmes.

3.    Training and capacity building in companies, SMEs, and of public officials

  • …from 2013, G20 governments and B20 companies should support the development of courses in business ethics and responsible business practices in higher education establishments, business and law schools, corporate universities and training centres.
  • We recommend that, from 2013, B20 companies and business organizations should regularly exchange best practices in devising training for SMEs in their supply chains.
  • ...G20 governments should encourage Export Credit Agencies in their countries to provide anti-corruption training programmes for beneficiary companies.
  • …G20 governments should encourage International Financial Institutions, including development banks, to make their loans, investments, guarantee and provision of other funding conditional on the beneficiaries of their financing having in place effective internal controls, ethical standards, and compliance and anti-corruption programmes.
  • ...G20 governments should implement annual training programmes for public officials on latest developments in national and international legislation. They should invite B20 companies and business associations, where appropriate, to support government training programmes by sharing their experience of corporate compliance programmes.

4.    Encouraging Collective Action and Anti-Corruption globally in each G20 country

  • We recommend that the G20 governments and B20 companies should continue to support the establishment, by the end of 2013, of a Collective Action Hub to share best practices throughout the G20 countries and beyond.
  • We recommend that, throughout 2013 and 2014, each G20 government, in collaboration with the local business communities and with the support of the B20 companies, should set up or support independent and properly funded Anti-Corruption Centres of Excellence in each G20 country, which will act as the local counterparts for both the Collective Action. Hub and the B20 Task Force. The Centres of excellence could for example work with the hub to analyse, share and promote effective Collective Action strategies and initiatives, and with the B20 Task Force to track and measure progress in the implementation of B20 recommendations and decisions.
Conclusion

We are ready to act now: The Collective Action Hub which we hope will be established this year will be a major repository of new approaches and techniques in how to avoid and resist corruption, the centre of a wheel whose spokes will reach deep into every G20 country. In our recommendations, those spokes will be represented by Anti-Corruption Centres of Excellence, which will track and measure progress in implementation of B20 recommendations and decisions, and which will promote best practices in corporate compliance and collective action.

Reporting format: our proposal is that the Anti-corruption Centres of Excellence would monitor, measure and report on progress of implementation of B20 recommendations and decisions. This could be organised to coincide with the biannual meetings of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group and B20 Task Force. The reporting could be coordinated by the B20 permanent expert group and/or the Collective Action Hub.