Corruption corrodes the fabric of society. It undermines people’s trust in political and economic systems, institutions and leaders. It can cost people their freedom, health, money – and sometimes their lives. Procurement is a complicated and sometimes opaque process, through which enormous sums of money are spent. In the public sector alone procurement spending averages between 13 per cent and 20 per cent of gross domestic product. Every year an estimated average of US$9.5 trillion of public money is spent by governments through public procurement and with such vast sums at stake, few activities create greater temptations or offer more opportunities for corruption than procurement. The scale of procurement spending in the private sector is harder to estimate but is thought to be equally large.
Corruption in procurement means money is being wasted on an enormous scale – whether shareholders’ money in the private sector or tax payers money in the public sector – and the benefits this money should have brought are lost. Money to pay for buildings, hospital equipment, books for schools, safer roads, the foods we eat and the clothes we wear, for example, ends up sitting in the pockets of the corrupt. The cost of corruption is not only measured by money lost. Corruption distorts competition, can reduce the quality, sustainability and safety of projects and purchases, and reduce the likelihood that the goods and services
purchased really meet our needs. When procurement is corrupted by private interests and not directed by the public good, trust in governments and our private institutions is eroded.
This MasterClass equips delegates with the essential skills required to understand just what corruption in procurement is all about and how it can be combatted effectively. Teaching is based around understanding first what is meant by corruption and how corruption manifests itself in procurement. The different forms of corruption are then explored in more detail and guidance is given on what to look out for – the outward signs of corruption. The regulatory framework is introduced and the role of national and international law and other initiatives is discussed in detail. The role of culture and human factors is covered and moving forward, tried and tested ways to combat corruption in procurement are presented. Finally, delegates are challenged to devise an effective anti-corruption plan for their own organisation and its supply chain.
There are numerous case studies and practical exercises for delegates, to help cement learning. Questioning is encouraged and there will be plenty of discussion allowing participants to share their own experiences, thoughts and ideas. Each delegate will receive full course notes and a set of templates and other materials that can be used to fight corruption back in their own organisation.
Steve is a procurement professional with over 20 years experience, and has held senior positions with several large organisations both in the UK and abroad. During his career he has bought a large variety of goods and services in an international context, and has been actively involved in fighting bribery and corruption in procurement. For the last 7 years he has provided training and consultancy to public and private sector clients around the globe on a wide range of procurement topics. He is a knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining presenter who is able to draw on his wealth of practical experience to excellent effect.
Ros is a professional business trainer with a rich and varied career in industry and education. She believes that excellence in communication and other “soft skills” is vital for business success, and has a real passion for instilling learning in others. For the last 10 years she has provided training, coaching and consultancy to a variety of clients in many different countries and from many different organisations. She is a dynamic and inspiring presenter who, having taught English as a Foreign Language, is particularly sensitive to the needs of the non-native English speakers.