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Monday, August 19, 2019

The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts Working Group begins with an analysis of corporate compliance programs

The work of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts Working Group from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies got underway with a workshop in the city of Puerto Varas on Sunday, August 18. The workshop included presentations in which experts shared their experience of combating and prosecuting corruption in the private sector.

Puerto Varas, 8/18/2019.- The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts Working Group (ACTWG), which is presided over by the Chilean Public Prosecutor’s Office, got underway this Sunday with a workshop. During the event, representatives of the 21 APEC member economies addressed the difficulties, best practices and challenges in the area of corporate criminal responsibility and the application of corporate compliance programs as an anti-corruption measure. During the event, experts Lisa Bhansali of Georgetown University (USA) and William Loo of the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division discussed the principles of the UN Convention against Corruption and the OECD standards for corporate compliance in the fight against corruption.

The event also featured presentations by prosecutors from the US, Australia, Malaysia and Peru, as well as Chile, which was represented by Ximena Chong, the Director of the Metropolitan Center North Public Prosecutor’s Office for Highly Complex Crimes. Ms. Chong talked about Chile’s experience following the entry into force of the Corporate Criminal Responsibility Law ten years ago and the areas that the Chilean criminal justice system has focused on in national corporate compliance programs. Police officials from Chile, Australia and Vietnam also shared their experiences.

During these events, we are making an effort to connect public entities with other compliance agents in the private sector, gathering experiences from other countries presented by top-level experts. While the corporate criminal responsibility law has been in place for ten years, we still have a lot of work to do, particularly with regard to investigation and evaluating the effectiveness of compliance models. We also have a lot to learn from other economies, so we believe that this will be a very beneficial meeting,” said the Anti-Corruption Director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and ACTWG Chair, Marta Herrera.

On Monday, August 19, National Prosecutor Jorge Abbott inaugurate the second workshop, which will feature experts and representatives from foreign multinational corporations such as General Electric and BHP. They will be joined by representatives of the Chilean business and academic sectors, such as Falabella’s Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Gonzalo Smith; Luis Hernán Paul, an expert consultant on corporate governance; and Alejandro Ferreiro, a member of the Board of Directors of the thinktank Espacio Público. Each speaker will share his experiences in the area of corporate compliance.

Speaking about this second workshop, Marta Herrera said, “we want to focus on the more developed work that the private sector has done. We also need to learn about these tools and learn how to use them in the assessment of crime prevention models because that has very important consequences for criminal prosecution.”

Source: Public Prosecutor’s Office

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