Promoting transparency and having a sustainable impact on countering corruption requires companies working together and in cross-sector alliances. This what we refer to as “Collective Action”. Organising collective action, which often involves managing conflicting agendas, is a major challenge but, when it works, it can be very effective. The IBLF Global team is trained in the art of cross-sector partnerships and we believe that we can and do make a difference.
This is IBLF’s area of expertise. With our team, trained in the art and science of creating cross-sector partnerships, convening decision-makers, creating consensus, IBLF produces an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts.
In 2014, we are continuing our Moscow public procurement project. In 2012, at the suggestion of the deputy mayor of Moscow, IBLF convened an “Industrial Companies Working Group” which brought together the leaders of some of the major global multinationals which participated in Moscow’s public tenders. On Moscow’s side, was the city’s Tender Committee. With the help of IBLF, the Working Group analysed the legal framework, the internal processes, and the management structure and culture, and made recommendations for change which the Moscow government has accepted and is beginning to implement. In 2014, this unique example of Collective Action will intensify, with a focus on Moscow’s internal procedures, benchmarking with international capitals, and transferring of best practices to other cities in Russia and to the federal procurement authorities.
IBLF’s convening and facilitating skills in 2013 were put to good use in the G20 governments’ annual dialogue with the leading companies of the G20 countries – the B20. IBLF was invited by the Russian authorities to coordinate the work of the B20
Task Force on Transparency and Anti-corruption. Over the course of the year, IBLF presented the recommendations to the G20’s Anti-corruption Working Group, the G20 Sherpas, organised a number of events and publications, and supported the creation of the B20 Collective Action Hub. In 2014, we hope to continue to support this work under the Australian G20 presidency. And we are working to raise the capacity of the Turkish business community to engage in a similar dialogue when the G20 lands in Turkey in 2015, by setting up an Anti-corruption Centre of Excellence.
June 20, 2013, Plenary Session of the B20 Task Force on Transparency and Anti-Corruption