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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

How to read the 2019 TRACE Risk Matrix

We see it every year: A new edition of a corruption ranking is released, and the first thing people ask is which countries have moved up or down in ranking. It is common knowledge among compliance officers that a country’s position on such an index is just a starting point for a thorough corruption risk assessment, but there is still a danger that nuances will get lost in the high-level presentation of the data.… Continue Reading

John Kerry in Davos: Corruption fuels extremism and unrest

At the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the links between corruption and unrest in countries including Libya, Yemen, Burundi, and Iraq.

“Only better governance can rout the scourge of corruption, which costs the global economy $2.6… Continue Reading

Apple to name suppliers using conflict minerals

Image courtesy of AppleApple will begin publishing names of suppliers every quarter showing whether they have verified the source of the minerals they use.

The company said in its latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report released Thursday it will also publish names of suppliers and audit results covering compliance with labour standards and environmental use and impact.… Continue Reading

What, Then, Are Conflict Minerals?

Under the SEC’s new 356-page conflict minerals rule, reporting companies must now disclose their use of tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or a contiguous country.… Continue Reading

African Anti-Graft Campaigner Arrested

An anti-corruption activist in Burundi was jailed last month for saying some magistrates won their jobs by bribing Justice Ministry officials.

Faustin Ndikumana, left, is the president of an anti-corruption group called Parole et Action pour le Réveil des Consciences et l’Evolution des Mentalités (PARCEM).… Continue Reading

The Bribes Of War

War is not only hell, it’s corrupt too.

Of the bottom ten countries on Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perception Index, six have active wars, insurrections, or major civil disturbances.

Included are Burundi, Chad, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and bottom-dweller Somalia.… Continue Reading

An African Voice Is Silenced

The FBI will help Burundi investigate the murder two weeks ago of one of the country’s most prominent anti-corruption activists. Ernest Manirumva was vice-president of OLUCOME (the Anti-Corruption and Economic Malpractice Observatory), arguably Burundi’s most important NGO.… Continue Reading