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Leaders Integrity Forum: Maintaining public/private integrity in the face of change

The series of public sector Leaders Integrity Forums are led by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and supported by Transparency International New Zealand. They are well attended and a source of thought provoking presentations and discussions. 

New Zealand’s Changing Risk Profile and how we protect our value in a volatile world.

Speakers addressed this theme at the 31 July Forum,

Rebecca Smith, Director of the New Zealand Story, shared her thoughts on whether New Zealanders have been able to retain our high integrity reputation given the disruptions in international trade, the trade benefits from this and how policy makers contribute. 

Marc Rivers, Chief Financial Officer, Fonterra Co-operative Group, spoke on Fonterra’s Code of Business Conduct which aims at “creating a culture that has integrity at its core.” He reflected on how important this is as Fonterra negotiates the challenges of trading in countries where business is done differently.

Adrian Crompton, Auditor General for Wales, reflected on “The public sector is operating in challenging times, so it is more important than ever that we shine a spotlight on what works well and where services need to improve.” In today’s world of polarising politics and and increasing inequity, there is a risk of taking for granted the Westminster model of democratic government which is, in fact, more fragile than we might think. 

John RyanAuditor-General and forum host, summed up by reiterating that the public service has an important part to play in setting the tone for the country. 

Further information about this forum is available at the OAG blog

 

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