The multiple facets of corruption: impacts and tools for business
Key Words Corruption, bribes, transparency, trust, common interest, social contract, anti-corruption, governance, CSR, corporate social responsibility
2 novembre 2012
Mr Méan gave this lecture on the occasion of the 2012 CAS and DAS in Corporate Social Responsibility graduation ceremony
President of the Swiss chapter of Transparency International - TI
Jean-Pierre Mean is a lawyer admitted to the bar in Quebec/Canada and in Switzerland. He has been General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of SGS, the Swiss inspection company from 1996 to 2008, with an interruption in 2002 and 2003 when he was Chief Compliance Officer of the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction. He is President of the Swiss Chapter of Transparency International and chairs a Task Force which has reissued the Rules on Combating Corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
Transparency International is a non-governmental organisation devoted to fighting and preventing corruption It was founded in 1993 by former World Bank employees who had been confronted with corruption in developing countries in their activity for the Bank. At that time the issue of corruption in World Bank projects was carefully swept under the carpet. The word itself was tabu. It could not be uttered. Instead one spoke of the "C“ word.
TI has 90 chapters and chapters in formation worldwide. TI Switzerland was founded in 1995 as independent, politically neutral association. Every year Transparency publishes a ranking of the countries according to the intensity of domestic corruption, the so-called Corruption Perceptions Index.