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Christchurch Call

The Christchurch Call and steps to tackle terrorist and violent extremist content In response to the Call, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft issued a joint statement. The companies also published nine steps they’ll take to implement the Christchurch Call. – Microsoft Blog.

The Christchurch Call: The Good, the Not-So-Good, and the Ugly in times of crisis, governments want to act immediately and look to existing levers – which, as we’ve noted many times over the years, are often censorship and surveillance.

Christchurch Call to Action: Govts, tech companies agree to tackle violent online content on social media NZHerald

New Zealand banking and finance

ANZ’s local bosses must front up to embarrassing Aussie mistake ANZ has been placed on the banking naughty step for potentially lending to New Zealanders without enough capital to protect deposits. How did this happen?

Financial System review will improve banks and insurers The New Zealand Financial Integrity System Assessment (FISA) is the first ever review of the integrity framework of any country’s financial system.

New method to assess good and bad practices of banks coming Transparency International (New Zealand) to launch Financial Integrity System next month

Caution urged on financial safeguards The government must ensure its proposed financial safeguards do not affect competition and consumer choice, according to Luke Jackson, head of Resimac’s NZ business. Luke Jackson, the newly-appointed head of non-bank lender Resimac’s New Zealand operations, welcomes additional protections for consumers, but warns sweeping changes to intermediary remuneration may impact competition and damage the broker channel.

Consumer NZ not happy with ‘pressure selling’ tactics in banks Consumer NZ wants better regulation of the banking industry. It’s carried out a survey which shows one-in-five bank customers are being offered products they didn’t ask for, and often don’t want. (Newstalk ZB)

Fewer than half of Kiwi customers say banks can be trusted The head of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association is playing down calls for more industry regulation. It comes after a Consumer NZ survey found customers tend to be satisfied with their banks overall but less than half think banks can be trusted and almost two-thirds doubt they have their customers’ best interests at heart. (Newstalk ZB)

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Grappling with external threats to NZ’s democracy If you are an important person going to China, Anne-Marie Brady has some advice for you. The Canterbury University China expert suggests taking only a burner phone, leaving laptops and tablets at home, setting up a dedicated email for the trip and avoiding public WiFi. Any devices taken to China should be rebuilt or discarded, she says. The best practice reminder is contained in her submission to an inquiry by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee into the 2017 election.

New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme reforms target transparency, compliance The second set of improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS) have been announced to further encourage greenhouse gas emissions reductions and increase forestry planting, according to New Zealand’s Minister for Climate Change James Shaw. The latest changes will improve transparency within the project, increase rates of compliance with the scheme, and pave the way for robust auctions.

Report: Digital Threats To Democracy The Digital Threats To Democracy report is part of the Digital Threats to Democracy research project.

Grant Robertson for Indian Newslink Lecture Finance Minister Grant Roberson will deliver the Ninth Annual Indian Newslink Lecture on Monday, July 29, 2019 at Pullman Hotel, Auckland. The central theme of his Lecture is likely to be ‘Good Financial Management contributes to Good Governance.’ Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will be the Master of Ceremonies.

New index ranks UK civil service at the top, followed by New Zealand and Canada The 2019 International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) Index has been published today. The index aims to help countries determine how their central civil services are performing, and to learn from each other.

Govt delays upgrade of weak and unclear whistleblower law Changes to whistleblower legislation to make it easier for employees to report everything from bullying to fraud have been delayed. This also pushes back moves to potentially bring the private sector into a critical part of the legislation.

NZ politics vulnerable to corruption – Transparency International A new report warns the country is very vulnerable to overseas corruption and urgent work needs to be done to bring greater transparency to Parliament.

Budget 2019: Goodbye ‘NZ Inc’ and welcome to the world of wellbeing stuff.co.nz

Sport

Sport NZ face questions over contracting top Olympic official Barry Maister An Olympic figurehead was paid more than $400,000 over seven years in a government advisory role that concerns sport integrity experts.

Supply Chain

Supply chain transparency boosts employee loyalty, motivation, report says Employers that adopt supply chain transparency measures operate more efficiently, earn positive reputations, enjoy a lower risk of labor violations and have better access to capital, according to a report from the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR).

Pacific

Working closely with the state It is vital that community groups and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) work closely together and with the State, says Transparency International PNG (TIPNG)

Allow media to help shine a light on Pacific issues If Pacific countries want the world to take notice of their situation, they need to stop obstructing and silencing media, writes Laura Walters. Newsroom

Papua New Guinea pioneers transparency on extractives Papua New Guinea is putting transparency and accountability at the heart of the way it manages its extractives sector.

International

Why criminals look to Canada to launder their money through real estate With some of the weakest money-laundering laws among liberal democracies, Canada stands out as a place to launder cash, says a retired lawyer and member of Transparency International Canada

Portugal: The way ahead for anti-corruption Corruption seems fixed and powerful, but it’s possible to defeat it, step by step, with eyes on the future.

Transparency International

Four ways the G20 can take the lead on anti-corruption Transparency International

Nigeria: More Than Half of Country’s Education Budget Lost to Corruption – Transparency International Transparency International says 66 percent of the money Nigerian governments allocate to education is stolen by corrupt officials.

Anti-bribery training

Interactive anti-bribery training is an essential element in building a culture of compliance Alexandra Wrage, President, TRACE, a US headquartered anti-bribery business organisation, gives Viveka Roychowdhury an overview of the risks of transnational business in the pharma industry and outlines what companies can do to increase levels of compliance to local and global anti-bribery laws

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