Corruption: The Economic and Ethical Challenge, by Laurence Cockcroft

Laurence Cockcroft

Laurence Cockcroft will be giving a Guest Lecture on Thursday 19th November at Leeds Beckett University.This lecture is part of the Guest Lecture Series for the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility. The lecture will look at, ‘Corruption: The Economic and Ethical Challenge’.

In this lecture Laurence will discuss the challenges which are posed by corruption in today’s world on several fronts. The key areas of the talk will cover:

• What is corruption? The answer needs to embrace the corruption issues faced by companies, Government workers and bankers as well as individuals.
• How difficult is it to do business in very corrupt countries without falling foul of a range of new corporate anti-bribery rules adopted by the OECD?
• How do public bodies (from police to local government to national tender boards) where corruption has taken hold get rid of it and sustain a pro integrity strategy? How can UK Universities address corruption when seeking collaborations in very corrupt countries?
• Is tax evasion by leading digital companies simply rational or indefensible from the public perspective?
• How far can civil society organisations such as Transparency International and Global Witness go in fighting corruption? What are their achievements to date? Do governments listen?

The talk will be of interest to anyone with either an ethical or economic concern about corruption at home or overseas. The evidence will reflect Laurence Cockcroft’s experience of working with Transparency International over 23 years in a range of countries, and particularly in Africa.

After a long career as an economist in Africa, Laurence Cockcroft worked with Joe Githongo, a senior accountant in Kenya, to found Transparency International. He was a member of both its first International Board and the Board of its UK Chapter, serving as Chairman from 2000-8. In these roles he has been particularly active in assisting with the development of chapters in Africa, in launching TI’s Business Principles for Countering Bribery, in launching pioneering work on corruption in the global arms trade, and in promoting the wholesale revision of the UK’s anti-bribery laws, leading to the Bribery Act of 2010 – the first to outlaw bribes paid abroad.

For further information, and to register your attendance for free please visit the Leeds Becket University events website.

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