B20 Task Force on Transparency and Anti-corruption
The B20 Task Force was represented at the meeting of G20 and B20 leaders by Co-Chairman Giuseppe Recchi and myself. A report of the meeting and photos can be found here.
A substantial portion of the G20 Declaration concerns anti-corruption and I would encourage you to read the whole report, as well as the St. Petersburg Action Plan. The work of our Task Force and cooperation with the ACWG came in for particular mention:
“We recognize that a culture of intolerance towards corruption will only be achieved if we work in partnership with business and civil society. We commit to maintain and build on the enhanced dialogue between the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group and the B20 and C20, and have taken note of the recommendations of these two groups. In particular, we welcome the business community’s initiatives to enhance anti-corruption collective actions and to develop institutional arrangements to promote anti-corruption compliance in the private sector.”
In annex to the declaration, the leaders attached the ACWG’s progress report, which specifically mentions many of our recommendations such as “how to combat solicitation; how to build the capacity of small- and medium-sized enterprises to combat corruption; and how to advance ‘collective action’ and integrity pacts among private companies and with governments.” They noted “with appreciation the proposal by the B20 to establish a ‘Collective Action Hub’ with eventual links to the business communities in each of our countries to act as conduits for B20 anti-corruption efforts.”
I believe this is a strong vote of confidence in the work accomplished by the Task Force over the last few years, and stands us in good stead to continue the dialogue under the Australian presidency next year, and the Turkish presidency after that.
Broadly speaking, as in previous years, media attention at the G20 Summit, was “hijacked” by global events and in Syria in particular, so we did not get the coverage
we were hoping for.
However, we had some success in drawing attention to the letter which the B20 Task Force leaders signed: Brook and I had a guest blog on the Beyond BRICS pages of the Financial Times, which provides a direct link to the letter and the recommendations. A similar piece was published in a well distributed Annual G20 book (hard copy p 52/e-version p 17) put out by the Monk Institute of Global Affairs. We also had a couple of interviews on radio and online.
The final version of the letter with all signatures and the long version of the recommendations are published on the B20 and IBLF websites. We encourage all the companies and organizations whose CEO/Chairman signed the letter to post it on your web-sites. Please also feel free to use the press release text to introduce it and the recommendations.
We are in contact with the B20 Australia team about the handover. They have committed to coming back to us with their plans as soon as the dust has settled from
the G20 Summit, and the Australian elections. We will let you know as soon as we hear something. Brook will follow up with the Work stream leaders by the end of September to discuss progress on our action commitments. In the meantime, we are sending the letter and hard copy of our recommendations to the offices of G20 leaders, the ACWG and to all the members of the Task Force. You should receive your copy by the beginning of October.