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Having worked in the anti-corruption environment in a number of roles that includes head of an anti-corruption unit, head of a money laundering team and head on a national intelligence capability one of the key areas of learning particularly working alongside a prevention team is that the greatest value for any organisation is a prevention approach.
One of the key questions from clients is how to stop corruption happening in the future or we’re unsure of the scale of bribery and corruption risk that we’re facing and so don’t understand how to approach this issue.
I have always highlighted that the first area they need to assess is ‘Information’ because in most cases that I’ve dealt with leaders and risk professionals don’t recognise all the areas that should be considered in identifying and preventing corruption. What information do we need to collect and how can it be used or analysed to identify or prevent corruption?
Once you identify the many sources of information within your organisation that can help you identify your corruption risk then it puts you on a path to design out this risk.
Sharing knowledge on the typologies of corruption, its links to procurement fraud and measures to mitigate these risk is one thing, however organisations in many cases didn't have a risk assessment approach of a framework to identify or prevent corruption.
This was the epiphany moment that changed my approach to risk and to design a framework that can be used consistently by organisations to review and measure their prevention approach to risk.
What makes this even better?
Once you understand the importance of a framework approach when looking at corruption risk, everything becomes simpler when you're assessing what the response should be.
Although every client has had different needs and challenges whether it is an ongoing bribery risk or suspicions, concerns over control weakness or a lack of expertise in this field the method of approach is consistent when looking at each risk, the root cause and approach that needs to be introduced to identify and prevent future risk.
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