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09.11.2020The 13th “Anti-Corruption Compliance” Program was successfully completed

On November 2-6, 2020, the 13th “Anti-Corruption Compliance” Training Program for the anti-corruption program’s commissioners (Compliance Officers) was held. The Program was implemented with the observance of all quarantine restrictions and recommendations. Some trainees and teachers participated in the program online.

Oleksandr Okuniev, Chairman of the CGPA Management Board, started the program with the definition of compliance and anti-corruption compliance; he highlighted the competitive advantages of business with the implemented compliance policy. Also, he considered international normative documents, requirements of the legislation of other countries, applicable to Ukrainian subjects, and requirements of Ukrainian legislation.

Interesting was the block on anti-corruption investigations in Ukraine and abroad, during which cases were considered, conclusions drawn from other people’s mistakes, and practical advice on how to overcome specific situations.

Oleg Boyko, an independent consultant on corporate governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC), began the second day by considering the aspects of anti-corruption measures in organizations. In particular, he drew the participants’ attention to such issues as:

  • The concept of the organization, the organization model
  • The place and role of anti-corruption compliance in the organization, the model of the three lines of protection
  • A career in anti-corruption compliance
  • Anti-corruption compliance in international standards: ISO 37001, COSO-I, COSO-II, etc.

Pavel Verkhnyatsky, founder and CEO of COSA, continued to consider aspects of implementing anti-corruption measures in organizations. In particular, he drew the attention of the audience to:

  • Anti-corruption screening of counterparties
  • Corporate Intelligence in the Compliance System
  • Compliance in the current geopolitical environment
  • Compliance as a defining component of corporate security
  • Corporate intelligence tools and methods in a compliance system

Olga Shenk, Counsel at the International Law Firm CMS Cameron McKenna, continued her conversation with the participants on the main elements of anti-corruption compliance. She disclosed the following questions:

  • Gift and Hospitality Policy
  • Charity and support policy for political parties
  • Conflict of interest policy
  • Robots with personnel (selection, inspection, training, white and blacklists)
  • Internal investigations

Oleg Polischuk, Corruption Prevention Director – Advisor to the President of SE NAEC “Energoatom”, discussed with the program participants the peculiarities of the Compliance Officer’s work and shared his experience in corruption prevention in a large state company.

For the second time, Katya Lysova, Program Manager in the Eurasia Region of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), took part in the Program and shared with the Program participants her experience in implementing anti-corruption compliance programs in the United States and their requirements, each time emphasizing the changes that are being implemented by the American government. Katya separately highlighted and talked about CIPE’s work in disseminating the experience of implementing anti-corruption compliance and anti-corruption programs in different regions of the world to small and medium businesses.

Oleg Lagodienko, Director of Ethicontrol, told the participants about

  • channels for consultation and reporting violations (“Hotline”)
  • responses to identified disorders
  • legislative innovations in Ukraine to protect whistleblowers and the mechanism of confidential communication

In the end, Sergiy Derkach, Head of the Department for Prevention and Detection of Corruption of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, made a speech, sharing his vision of the Development Strategy of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption for 2020-2024 and plans for its implementation. He also noted that on November 5, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the first reading a draft law that would make it easier for citizens to report on corruption.

The next program is planned for spring 2020.