The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) based in Laxenburg/ Vienna, Austria has recently launched its Corporate Compliance Program – Benchmark Project, supported by the Siemens Integrity initiative. This non-profit project is aimed to overcome deficiencies in the knowledge of anti-corruption compliance programmes as they effectively operate the private sector. The project aims at creating a permanent, evolving, and freely accessible database of key figures on corporate compliance programmes and departments around the world. In order to allow for meaningful trend analyses, participating companies are encouraged from the start to consider updating their data on a yearly basis after the initial submission. All data will be collected and stored on a strictly confidential basis. Only aggregated data will be made available and no company names will be mentioned.
As an international organization and academic institute, IACA is the first global institution of its kind. In March 2011 it became an international organization, and currently has a constituency of 73 Parties, including three international organizations. It is also an observer to the UN General Assembly, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and the International Organization for Migration
The corporate compliance program benchmark questionnaire consists of 82 questions. In the initial stage of the project, only companies headquartered in selected countries will be invited in order to allow for meaningful benchmarking. Based solely on practical considerations, the countries selected for this initial stage of the project are: USA, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Russia, and South Korea. Other geographical areas will be added progressively, starting in the last quarter of 2018.
On 1 September 2018, IACA will open the submission platform, where data can be filled in directly online on the academy’s dedicated database site. For this purpose, IACA will send unique links to the respective companies on 1 September 2018. All responses can be submitted until 29 September 2018. For further details on how to submit please send an e-mail to IACA’s Project Team address ([email protected]).
To show its appreciation, IACA will offer special discounted rates to participating companies for a variety of anti-corruption training and academic programmes such as the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) or the Master of Arts in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). All questions, comments or suggestions on the project may be addressed to [email protected]. We also welcome all willingness for the purpose of reaching out to companies in the selected countries. Please contact us at the indicated address if you think you can assist us at contacting potential respondents in an effective manner.