The World Economic Forum estimates that global bribe payments amount to over $1 trillion annually, with Latin American countries being among the most corrupt. Recently, there have been massive scandals that have brought attention to corruption and fraud in the region. Many foreign leaders are now asking for a focus on increased governmental transparency over the next few years.
If you have businesses or will engage in business practices in Latin America, it is wise to prepare your organization and learn how to navigate corruption in this region. BDO Managing Director, Nina Gross will provide you insights on the most common forms of corruption in Latin American countries, and will also give advice on critical considerations and due diligence.
Corruption in many parts of Latin American countries is often systemic, affecting citizens of all socio-economic statuses and severely impacting each country’s national economy. Nina will also discuss relationships between poor economic conditions and corruption as well as recent legislation and enforcement developments.
In this webinar, Senior Trade Commissioner Brenda Wills will be speaking briefly on anti-corruption/governance considerations for Colombia. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service provides services to Canadian companies around the world, and Canada’s trade commissioners are trained to provide support on corporate social responsibility (CSR)-related issues as an integral part of providing service excellence to Canadian client companies. Services from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service are offered free of charge to Canadian companies and organizations.
Managing Director, Global Forensics Leader at BDO USA
Nina Gross leads BDO’s Washington, D.C. Global Forensics practice having 30 years of forensic accounting, investigation and consulting experience working with multinational organizations and their counsel. Ms. Gross has significant experience assisting clients in responding to sensitive investigative matters, as well as advising organizations on compliance, due diligence and anti-corruption programs designed to deter and prevent the recurrence of fraud.
Ms. Gross has developed internal anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance programs, including model audit guidelines, risk assessment protocols and internal audit training and educational programs. She has led numerous international investigations related to alleged violations of the FCPA and conducted third party due diligence. In addition, Ms. Gross advises clients on asset management and securities enforcement matters.
Prior to joining BDO, she held leadership roles at Deloitte LLP, leading the Financial Advisory Services FCPA consulting group and establishing its Global Anti-Corruption Training Academy. She also served as Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs under Chairmen David Ruder and Richard Breeden at the Securities & Exchange Commission. Ms. Gross is an attorney and has extensive involvement in the legal industry, including with the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, SEC Enforcement Group and Women’s White Collar Defense Group.
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About the Certificate in Regional Anti-Corruption Management
This is the second e-session of GCNC’s Certificate in Regional Anti-Corruption Management to help educate and transfer anti-corruption knowledge from experts to professionals who would like to increase their knowledge on how to prevent and manage corruption close to home and abroad. This training program has a regional focus and will help participants become experts in managing corruption in different regions of the world.
Participants who complete all four e-sessions will receive a Certificate in Regional Anti-Corruption Management. Obtaining this certificate will help promote your expertise and increase your credibility and ability to combat corruption in today’s competitive and dynamic landscape.
About the Anti-Corruption Working Group
GCNC’s Anti-Corruption Working Group aims to recognize the UN Global Compact’s Tenth Principle – Anti-Corruption, to aid Canadian companies in their efforts to develop internal compliance programs and internal controls. This working group has published an e-book, “Designing An Anti-Corruption Compliance Program: A Guide for Canadian Businesses”. The Working Group is led by Johnathan Drimmer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Barrick Gold Corp.
Participating Companies: Barrick Gold, Kinross Gold, BDO, Export Development Canada (EDC), Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), Baker & Mckenzie, RCMP Canada, and the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-corruption at the University of Ottawa (CCEAC).Please click on the learn more button below to learn more about how to participate in this working group and other participation benefits. future reporting