V. Viadrina Compliance Congress

5th Viadrina Compliance Congress
Compliance Across the Globe

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The annual event serves as a discussion forum on current cross-border compliance and anti-corruption issues and is directed towards state and local administration representatives, compliance managers of all kind of organizations and to associations as well as to lawyers and scientists. In five thematic panels almost 20 experts will speak about current challenges in compliance and anti-corruption. Each panel will be introduced by keynote speakers. The respective panels begin with short presentations by experts from business, politics and science in the first and close with a discussion in the second part.

The Viadrina Compliance Congress aims to highlight and to deepen the current issues of cross-border compliance to present existing solutions and to initiate new developments through an active exchange of views between all stakeholders.

The Viadrina Compliance Centre together with Compliance Academy will host the 5th edition of the Viadrina Compliance Congress entitled “Compliance Across the Globe”. The Congress will take place at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg in co-operation with the B20 Cross-Thematic Group on Responsible Business Conduct and Anti-Corruption as well the Deutsches Institut für Compliance and Alliance for Integrity.

Panel 1: Global compliance, local challenges – different jurisdiction, different values and one culture of integrity – a myth or the only way to combat non-compliance?

As is well known, a compliance management system can operate only if the values of the people and their culture are considered. It is people who commit violations of rules. Whether multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations or international sports associations - all kinds of organizations that operate globally are facing the same challenge: they want to meet the highest standards of compliance, but encounter cultural, social and value-related differences. Can we still talk of a global understanding of the culture of integrity which is implemented consistently?

Panel 2: Doing, acting, improving, instead of talking, discussing and waiting – state of art for anti-corruption strategies in multinational organizations

Companies implement the best compliance systems, international organizations organize an enormous number of meetings and conferences against corruption, joint actions are undertaken, staff is trained, standards are published to combat corruption, legislation is tightened. Everything seems to have been done, and it still happens again and again - corruption. What effective measures, solutions, procedures are being practiced today to combat corruption actively? What is state of the art in globally operating corporations and organizations against corruption?

Panel 3: International trade compliance – export controls and customs in the era of terrorism

The times of real terroristic threats had a various impact on global trade. Not only did the task of border guards changed from pure tax administration to monitoring and control authority. Legislation has also been tightened. Besides, cross-border transactions must comply with national, European and international law. Also, some countries such as the USA have provided extra-territorial application of their national laws. The International Trade Compliance becomes a compliance of superlatives. Hardly any other area consists of so many different obligations to be complied with. Can an effective CMS do all that?

Panel 4: Penalties, rewards, and other alternatives – the status quo and how legislators and justice should support the creation of sustainable compliance culture within organizations?

The compliance development has not only had a positive impact on companies and other organizations that have strengthened the culture of integrity. States and societies have also benefited from this development. However, the national legislators have responded widely differing to this development: from rewards of existing effective compliance solutions to the plans for the introduction of company penalties. Many other countries remained inactive. Can this approach be right? How can we work together with other countries and compensate different conditions that eliminate a confusing situation for globally operating companies and promote a sustainable culture of integrity at the same time?

Focus Africa: Compliance in and for Africa – culture of integrity as a chance for sustainable and stable African entrepreneurship

Most African companies operate under particularly difficult conditions. Poor social conditions, underdeveloped state structures foster corruption and other irregularities. Can companies, in reality, play a value-oriented front-runner role? Can the implementation of sustainable compliance solutions contribute to the stability of organizations and the combat against economic crime? What can other solutions provide to achieve more regulatory compliance and integrity in Africa?