The first edition of the Italian Business Integrity Day (IBID), an innovative initiative launched by the Anti-Corruption Coordination office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), in conjunction with Transparency International Italia and some of the major Italian companies operating abroad – e.g. Acciai Speciali Terni, Luxottica and TIM – will take place at the headquarters of the OECD in Paris on 12 December.
The event has also been organised in the premises of two offices of the Italian diplomatic network abroad: the Italian Embassy in Oslo, where on 5 December contributions by Falk Renewables and Eni raised great interest, and the Italian Embassy in Washington, which is due to host Edison, Luxottica and Snam on 18 December.
The aim is to present examples of the Italian excellence in preventing corruption in the private sector on the international scene.
The leading players in the IBID are precisely the companies that are called to illustrate their respective compliance models and the organisational instruments adopted to prevent illegal behaviours in corporate activities.
The format chosen is in line with the new multi-shareholder approach according to which companies are called upon to come to the fore in combating corruption. Thus, the business community becomes the co-promoter of legally oriented socio-economic environments to achieve sustainable growth. This public-private synergic commitment must involve institutions, companies and civil society organisation.
Having scheduled the event in Paris, on the sidelines of the annual session of the Working Group on Bribery, which will be celebrated precisely this afternoon, on the 20th anniversary of the OECD convention on combating international bribery, is particularly significant.
It will be the only side-event on the agenda of this important day, testifying to the International Organisation’s sensitivity for the theme proposed by Italy.