The World Economic Forum has released a white paper to coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day 2021. Trinity Business School’s, Dr Daniel Malan, is one of the co-authors of the white paper, entitled “The Rise and Role of the Chief Integrity Officer: Leadership Imperatives in an ESG-Driven World”.

The white paper was developed by the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. Based on interviews with leading companies and multilateral development banks, it explores how organisations are rethinking their structures, culture and engagement to support the ongoing transformation of the role of business. Specifically, it examines the rise of the chief integrity officer (CIO) in companies and other organisations. It provides an overview of trends such as the increasing use of digital technology across all industries, resulting in ethical concerns about issues such as privacy and authenticity; and rising political and employee activism, with popular protest coalescing around themes of corruption, environmental justice, equity and equality.

Dr Daniel Malan, an assistant professor of business ethics at Trinity Business School and member of the World Economic Forum council, commented:

“A few years ago the Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption developed an Agenda for Business Integrity. We based the agenda on four pillars: committing to ethics and integrity beyond compliance; strengthening corporate culture and incentives to drive continuous learning and improvement; leveraging technologies; and supporting collective action. Working on this paper with my five co-authors was a wonderful opportunity to build on this agenda and gain first-hand insight into how companies and multilateral development banks are dealing with some of the issues. We believe that the findings will be of use to all organisations who are interested in improving their integrity and compliance functions”.

The white paper can be downloaded here.

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