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This newsletter brings especially good news.
Several of the core public sector agencies (the State Services Commission, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, The Treasury, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Building, Employment and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Justice and Serious Fraud Office) - have grouped together to contribute to TINZ a combined $200,000 each year for the next three years.
This is a third of the minimum amount required by the New Zealand Chapter of Transparency International to build a viable and effective organisation. When combined with the $40,000 contribution from Local Government New Zealand and the Auckland Council, it is now possible for TINZ to employ a paid full-time Executive Officer.
Thanks to the initiative taken by Auckland Council CEO, Stephen Town, to develop a process transparent to ratepayers and taxpayers, State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and LGNZ CEO Malcolm Alexander have taken steps to collect together contributions from across central government and throughout New Zealand. TINZ can now realise its goal to be an effective provider of quality evaluation and research about the application of measures to prevent corruption and of advice to organisations about the best way to harvest the benefits of strong integrity systems.
In accepting this funding we have made it clear that we will not compromise our positions or independence to avoid criticizing funding partners. Our primary mission remains to advocate fundamental reforms that foster corruption prevention and create a culture devoid of bribery in any form.
News of the 3-year funding from the State Services Commission came just in time as TINZ pro-bono Executive Officer had a month earlier accepted a permanent full-time role as the CEO of the National Council of Women. Lynn McKenzie made a huge contribution to TINZ, raising the professional standards of TINZ governance, employment processes, risk management, events organisation, project management, report writing, media releases, submissions, affiliations, photographs…the list is a long one.
Thank-you Lynn for your professionalism, governance skills, and dedicated management of the Pacific Programme
Keep an eye out for our advertisement for the TINZ Executive Officerand be sure to bring it to the attention of anyone you think has the enthusiasm to work with one of the most supportive public sectors in the world. While there is much work still to be done across central and local government, the courage of its leaders to empower an organisation to describe and evaluate areas of weakness in transparency is remarkable.
With the deepening of relationships across the public sector and growing affiliations with NGOS, TINZ next priority is relationship building with the private sector, including exporters and the financial sector.
This newsletter describes the Business Integrity workshop I attended in March in Berlin. TI's Siemen’s sponsored Business Integrity System has been resourced to develop core tools for businesses to apply to prevent corruption and also to monitor and expose corrupt business practice.
TINZ is equally focused on working with the NZ STORY to provide tools to build on the strong integrity systems of many of our businesses and through the increased customer base it brings to them, to expand the number of quality jobs and careers available here.
So how amazing it was to meet Emmanuel Lulin, the Vice President Ethics at L’Oreal, who shared TINZ belief that businesses can succeed best with strategies built strong integrity systems. The results of this belief are demonstrated by L’Oreal, one of the world’s most ethical businesses and one of its most successful. L’Oreal employs 80,000 staff in 70 countries with a customer base of 900,000 and is on the path to having a customer base of 2 billion by 2020.
Suzanne Snively, Chair
Transparency International New Zealand Inc.