From the Chair

Suzanne Snively

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

The doors are opening as people and organisations increasingly see the value of strong integrity systems and transparency. The exposure is also showing that there’s still a lot to do.

Each sector has greater clarity about what is required to prevent corruption.

  • There is now recognition of delayed maintenance in the public sector.
  • Civil society organisations acknowledge the need to be active on behalf of their members in providing explicit integrity systems around accountability and transparency.
  • The private sector is waking up to the value of New Zealand’s strong reputation for integrity, and recognising lax practices that need tidying up.

While the comprehensiveness of the Shewan Inquiry recommendations are impressive given its scope, we will applaud once they are implemented.

Further effort is necessary to fully address factors making New Zealand attractive as a conduit for corruption. This need has been given further impetus by the EU Parliamentary Committee’s initial response to the Panama Papers which is to highlight deficiencies in New Zealand’s tax legislation.

I am excited to welcome Janine McGruddy and the energy she brings to the new TINZ Chief Executive Officer role. Her focus on the public sector means that we can face up to the long-overdue improvement required of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. While it is always good to score well on such indices, it is also important that they are robust and more importantly, provide information not just about how we rank, but how we can improve.

It’s time for TINZ to engage more effectively with the private sector.

Earlier this year TINZ facilitated a workshop led by Emmanuel Lulin, Chief Ethics Officer of L’Oréal, and winner of the prestigious 2015 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics. The workshop focused on values and principles that enable business to maintain strong integrity systems, the basis for reputation.

The workshop produced a document—still in draft form and awaiting wider discussion—we are calling the Whangaroa Statement.

Whangaroa Statement

New Zealand organisations pride themselves on their high regard for human rights. They are aware of their role and responsibilities associated with human rights and its importance both for maintaining strong environmental, cultural and social standards while improving productivity and effectiveness.

Emmanuel Lulin 3-4th April 2016 Business Leadership

Emmanuel Lulin presenting to business leaders in New Zealand 3-4th April 2016

VALUES

  • Trust
  • Transparency
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Cultural and social responsibility
  • Environmental sustainability

PRINCIPLES OF ORGANISATION INTEGRITY

  • Culture of open discussion and active listening
  • Organisational justice
  • Open communication and information sharing
  • Clear expectations
  • Top down commitment "to do the right thing"
  • Lead by example
  • Trusted, trustworthy colleagues

Suzanne Snively, Chair
Transparency International New Zealand Inc.

Actions

Recent Activity

Public Sector Integrity Media Release
State Services Commission took a very positive step in addressing a key recommendation of TINZ's Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment by advertising a role for Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics and Standards. 11 May, 2017

Defence Inquiry Media Release
Transparency needed to support the integrity of our Defence Force 2 Apr, 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International 25 Jan, 2017

TINZ OGP Submission
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) submitted recommendations for New Zealand’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP). Among the recommendations were a call for more ambition in creating NAPs and developing channels of communication for improving engagement with citizens. 19 Aug, 2016