Gift or bribe: where is the borderline?
A gift means any item (e.g., money, consumer electronics) or intangible assets (e.g., services, discounts) the one provides free of charge or below market value. In our politics, there were cases when a discount for buying an apartment was considered a gift. Read More
The demand of the Ukrainian business for integrity has been growing for several consecutive years, with the perception of compliance gradually changing – from a bureaucratic function to a full-scale driver of change, in processes and approaches.
Over the last year, the number of fraud and corruption incidents in the world has significantly increased. The Kroll Global Fraud Report-2019 cites 84% of CEOs having been exposed to at least one fraud incident during the last year. Such incidents significantly affected employee safety (82%), revenue or business continuity processes (78%), reputation (65%), and government relations (65%) of the surveyed companies. Simultaneously, Kroll commends the improvements in the efforts of governments and companies in identifying and resolving such issues… Read More
UNIC is pleased to invite you to the Business Integrity Week that will be held from 20 until 24 May 2019 in Kyiv and Lviv.
In May 2019, the Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance (UNIC) together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine launched a series of annual events in the framework of the Business Integrity Week (the BIW) to engage business community, state authorities, civil society, business associations, educational institutions and media to promote business integrity in Ukraine. Read More
In March 2019, US DoJ and SEC announced that “MTS (Mobile TeleSystems), the largest mobile telecommunications company in Russia, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, have entered into resolutions with the DoJ and SEC and agreed to pay a combined total penalty of $850 million to resolve charges arising out of a scheme to pay bribes in Uzbekistan.” Actually, I predicted that MTS might be in trouble in my post on VimpelCom case back in 2016. Since 2015, MTS Ukraine, a subsidiary of leading Russian mobile service provider MTS is operating under the brand of Britain's Vodafone. Read More
On October 9, 2017, the Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance (UNIC or the Network) officially launched its operation in Ukraine with support of Business Ombudsman Council (BOC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Read More
Unfortunately, human positivist laws have the nature of multiple interpretations, if contrasted to clear physical /natural laws. For example, if a human falls out of the tenth floor in a multistory building, then the consequence would be a fatality for the fallen person. The living human will become a dead one and would be buried under the existing traditions in the respective area. Even if the Constitutional Court of Ukraine admitted the gravity of victimized body as unconstitutional and that its gravity ceases to exist after the official publication of such decision, the dead cannot be resurrected. Read More
Recently, Jonathan Sumption, the ex-judge of the Supreme Court in Great Britain (his nickname is “The Brain of Britain”), in his interview with the British magazine for lawyers “Counsel Magazine”, referring to future lawyers, said: "Do not read the law if you intend to practice it and you can afford a slightly longer path to qualification. Discover the culture first, if you can, and history. " That is, in the words of this respected lawyer, before learning the law and laws it would be worth learning the culture and history… Read More
In my previous post, I shared my views on contribution of culture towards promotion of compliance. Now I would like to elaborate on this topic further, and share with you the results of some social psychology theories and experiments together with my views on how it might contribute to promotion and development of ethics and compliance in our business and society. Read More
What is Transparency International School on Integrity?
Transparency International School on Integrity is an annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders. The upcoming School will take place during 8-14 July, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The School exposes its participants to the latest developments in the field of anti-corruption and accountability and offers real opportunities to try and implement their ideas in practice. Read More