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Transparency International New Zealand's formal launch of its new Anti-Corruption Training Tool generated excellent interest and engagement during June events held at Deloitte's offices in Auckland and Wellington.
In Auckland, Minister of Police Anne Tolley recommended the training as a way for organisations engaged in overseas trade to reduce business risks. The Minister of Commerce Craig Foss joined the Wellington launch and commended Transparency International New Zealand’s work to develop the one and a half hour training. Other speakers welcoming the initiative included the heads of the Serious Fraud Office, Export New Zealand and Business New Zealand and representatives from Chapman Tripp and Deloitte.
Minister Anne Tolley Auckland 11 June
Minister Craig Foss Presenting Anti Corruption Training Launch Wellington 19 June
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) Directors Ian Tuke and Fiona Tregonning, who worked to source and develop the content for a New Zealand context with the support of BusinessNZ and The Serious Fraud Office provided a taste of the free online materials and their value to the 100+ private and public sector guests attending each event.
Speaking in Wellington, Fiona said “New Zealand’s major export destinations have changed… the number of the regions we are increasingly exporting to and operating in, including Asia, the Middle East and to a lesser extent Africa, have much higher corruption risks than our traditional export markets.”
“Transparency International New Zealand believes that NZ’s reputation as a non-corrupt country with ethical business practices can help New Zealand businesses and contribute to economic prosperity.”
Business New Zealand CE Phil O’Reilly agreed, reiterating the value of a NZ Inc approach to anti corruption for businesses large and small. He said New Zealand’s reputation as a country of high integrity provides significant competitive advantage and opportunities for increased productivity and economic benefit for New Zealand business.
The free training provides clear and practical advice from ethical business practice experts designed to “support staff to manage business risks of corruption in countries that operate differently to New Zealand, said Ian.
“While New Zealand rates pretty well as a trusted business environment, we can be perceived to be a bit naive when it comes to how others do business”.
“These training materials help to fill a substantial knowledge gap. They offer comprehensive learning on a subject rapidly moving up the business priority list for exporters. This is not a tick the box exercise. It is a learning exercise and an important part of good risk management”, he said.
In addition to BusinessNZ the SFO and TINZ; ExportNZ, Deloitte, Chapman Tripp, The Institute of Directors, and NZICA will be promoting bribery prevention and this training throughout the country.
People who want to supplement the free online training, will be able to attend face to face workshops around NZ later in the year, which have been developed and hosted by Business NZ, Deloitte, and Chapman Tripp.
Catherine Beard Business NZ, Daniel Kalderimis Chapman Tripp, Lorinda Kelly Deloitte, Suzanne Snively TINZ, Julie Read SFO, Hon Anne Tolley, Ian Tuke Deloitte, Nick Paterson SF0