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January 2016
Compendium Roundup

This month, Smith & Ouzman Ltd was fined GBP £2.2 million after being convicted in December 2014 for making corrupt payments to officials in Mauritania, Ghana, Kenya and Somaliland. Smith & Ouzman allegedly made more than GBP £400,000 in payments to influence the award of contracts to the company for printing paper ballots.

Two of the defendants in the case that ensnared Ng Lap Seng, the chairman of Sun Kian Ip Group, pleaded guilty to various charges this month. Sheri Yan, the CEO of the Global Sustainability Foundation, and Heidi Piao, the finance director of the Global Sustainability Foundation, pleaded guilty to bribing the former United Nations President of the General Assembly and ambassador to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda. Both women admitted to paying bribes to the former U.N. official so that he would use his influence to promote business ventures. 

 
There were many developments this month in the world of anti-bribery compliance. Are you up-to-date on the latest news? Take our quiz to find out. Better yet, share with your compliance teammates and see how your compliance chops stack up!

Featured Resource: Gifts & Hospitality Tracking Tool
 
The members-only TRACE Gifts, Travel & Hospitality Tracking Software is an easily manageable online tool, this software enables companies to track key information about incoming and outgoing gifts, travel and hospitality given and received by their employees. The software securely aggregates this data for administrative users to search and effortlessly identify patterns that may raise a compliance red flag. For more information on this tool, download an informational flyer here

To request a live demonstration and inquire about membership, please write to membership@TRACEinternational.org.
From the Member Resource Center: International Per Diem Rates
 
The International Per Diem Rates Chart lists the monetary amounts that the U.S., U.K., Canada, the European Union and the United Nations provide to their employees for daily lodging, meals and incidentals while traveling on government business in various countries around the world. These "per diem" are based on what the public employer believes is a reasonable amount to spend while conducting government business in that locale and provide a benchmark for companies. 

The International Per Diem Rates by Country chart and the accompanying guide are accessible through the members-only TRACE Resource Center

For more information, download an informational flyer here. To inquire about membership, please write to membership@TRACEinternational.org
In January, TRACE added more than 15 new anti-bribery training vignettes to our growing training library. These 3-5 minute videos feature industry experts and discuss a broad range of compliance hot topics. Ideal for quick compliance reminders, these videos are supplemented by recorded member webinars, presentations from TRACE events and additional training resources in the Member Resource Center

For more information, download an informational flyer hereTo inquire about membership, please write to membership@TRACEinternational.org
Initiatives: Advancing Commercial Transparency
Nominations for the 2016 Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance Award (IACA) are now being accepted. With the IACA, TRACE seeks to honor a company that has developed and implemented an innovative compliance program and, in keeping with TRACE's philosophy, is willing to share its experience with the global compliance community.

The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016. For more information, or to submit a nomination, please click here.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 TRACE Scholar ProgramThe law schools participating in this cycle of the program are:  Georgetown University University of Washington School of Law; and  King's College, Cambridge UniversityThis year, TeliaSonera, a major telephone company and mobile network operator in Europe, will fully fund a fourth TRACE Scholar at one of the institutions. 

For more information, view the press release announcement here or visit our website here for application details. 
 
Catch up on TRACE Trends blog posts from November using the links below or click here to subscribe to the blog and receive weekly emails when new content is published. 

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars are available to TRACE members at no additional charge.
Register for a live webinar or view any recorded webinar in the TRACE Resource CenterFor more information, contact info@theTASA.org

February Webinars: 

Data Privacy: Changing Regulations and Challenges
10 February 2016
1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Faculty: Andrew Haslam, Litigation Support Consultant, The Allvision LLC, Robyn Goldstein, Legal Counsel, Transocean

Faculty: Reagan Demas, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Interested in taking the TASA accreditation exam? Enroll in TASA today and become TASA accredited by the end of 2015. To inquire about discounts and credits, write to info@thetasa.org.
 
Save the date! The 12th Annual TRACE Forum will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, March 2-3, 2016Designed specifically for TRACE Member companies, this event offers practical compliance advice and an opportunity for companies to benchmark with their peers in an interactive environment. 


Registration closes Friday, February 5. To reserve your seat, please write to workshop@TRACEinternational.org with your name, contact details and member company affiliation. 

This interactive program is limited to one representative per company. Additional representatives will be added to our waitlist.
 
Train your local employees and third parties at an upcoming TRACE workshop or participate in a high level roundtable discussion. 

Corporate Compliance Conference
March 24, 2016
Bucharest, Romania

This workshop will be hosted by TRACE in partnership with the local US Embassy and our Partner Law Firm Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & Co KG 

Anti-Bribery Workshop
April 19, 2016
Shanghai, China
Venue TBD



Advanced Roundtable Discussion
April 21, 2016
Singapore
Venue TBD

*Space is limited to first-come, first-served.

Anti-Bribery Workshop
April 25, 2016
Bangalore, India
Venue TBD



The agendas for these events are under development. To propose speakers or panel topics, please write to Virna Di Palma at dipalma@TRACEinternational.org.

To reserve your seat, please write to workshop@TRACEinternational.org with your name, contact details and member company affiliation. 

FEBRUARY
Hosted by: Resourceful Events
1-4 February 
Singapore
*Michelle Juan, APAC Regional Consultant, speaking 

Global Investigation Review Live (GIR)
Hosted by: Global Investigations Review
9 February 
Washington D.C.
*Martha Mallory, LATAM Regional Manager, attending

SCCE's Utilities & Energy Compliance & Ethics Conference
Hosted by: SCCE
21 February 
Houston, TX
*Severin Wirz, Director, Member & Advisory Services, speaking

5th India Summit on Anti-Corruption
Hosted by: ACI
22 February
New Delhi, India
*Chitra Nair, Regional Consultant, attending

MARCH
3rd Annual Forum on Trade Compliance in the Middle East
Hosted by: C5
8 March 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
*Dano Santos, Regional Consultant, attending

8th Annual Global Ethics & Compliance Summit
Hosted by: Ethisphere 
9 March
New York, NY
*Virna Di Palma, Senior Director, Global Strategy, attending

Breakbulk China
Hosted by: Breakbulk
14 March
Shanghai
*Michelle Juan, APAC Regional Consultant, attending

OECD Anti-Bribery Misiterial Conference
Hosted by: OECD
16 March
Paris, France
*David Ireland, Europe Regional Consultant, attending

Women in Compliance Awards 2016
Hosted by: C5
17 March
London, United Kingdom
*Alexandra Wrage, President, attending

European Fraud Conference
Hosted by: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
20 March
Brussels, Belgium
*Alexandra Wrage, President, speaking

SCCE's 2016 European Compliance & Ethics Institute
Hosted by: SCCE
20 March 
Prague, Czech Republic
*Alexandra Wrage, President, speaking

7th Middle East Summit on Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Financial Crime
Hosted by: ACI
21 March 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
*Dano Santos, Regional Consultant, attending

Mexico Summit on Anti-Corruption and Compliance
Hosted by: ACI
29 March
Mexico City, Mexico
*Martha Mallory, LATAM Regional Manager, attending

Russia & CIS Summit on Anti-Corruption
Hosted by: ACI
30 March
Moscow, Russia
*David Ireland, Europe Regional Consultant, attending

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Upcoming Events Calendar on our website.

January 25, 2016
News Ghana

The Evolution of Transparency
January 16, 2016
Construction Week Online

TRACE International Pilot Compliance Program in Ghana: Conversation with Virna Di Palma
January 14, 2016
ACCPA Compliance Magazine

Corruption Interruption
January 8, 2016
Corporate Knights

TV review: Sepp Blatter and 'corrupt FIFA mafia' got rich by exploiting the passion of football fans
December 8, 2015
Eurosport

Structural Compliance and Cultural Ethical Change in an Organization
December 8, 2015
FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog

FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me
December 7, 2015
BBC Panorama

Sepp Blatter knew of bribes paid for football TV rights, his predecessor claims
December 7, 2015
The Independent

FIFA Reform Plan Requires Culture Change to Work
December 7, 2015
WSJ Risk & Compliance

Espana asume, en cierto modo, un panel do liderazgo en la lucha contra la corruption con la nueva normativa
September 2015

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