Since the launch of the World Without Corruption programme back in 2011, a decade has elapsed with nearly all former Board members gone to pursue other things. Now we are looking at the re-launching of the Programme in the backdrop of COVID-19 menace and amidst a spike in fraud, cyber fraud, corruption among other things.
We are going into this new decade better armed with automated governance and compliance solutions that greatly simplify the work of anti-corruption specialists and practitioners. We are building smart cities and harness technology to serve citizens with respect to innovative solutions and policies. We are discussing AI ethics and how to make sure we do not subject ourselves to more harm from technology.
Yet ‘World Without Corruption’ still resonates just like a decade ago because of the new normal resulting from so called ‘new ethics’, demise of the rule of law to replace it with political narrative from hi-tech giants and fake media in this post-truth era. However, reputation still matters, because it is the last thing that keeps us from slipping into the abyss.
Now more than ever before business leadership is needed to be seen as ethical and conscious, helping pave the way for business working for the benefit of global communities. At the same time, business needs to demonstrate its commitment to transparent and ethical practices, having embraced most advanced software solutions and sharing their achievements with their supply chain. It is time to put technology into action and raise the voice in defense of responsible and ethical business, competing in these challenging times. Times when people look up to business leaders for inspiration, integrity and vision.
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