On April 28, the Alliance for Integrity held the webinar “Integrity as a value in overcoming times of crisis: how to transform challenges into opportunities for your business?” in Latin America. As the current situation requires a multi-stakeholder approach, the event featured four expert speakers from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to provide a new and comprehensive perspective on the topic.
Arturo Molina, Managing Director of Covestro S.A. de C.V. de México shared some of the lessons learned and best practices already implemented at the company, such as the need for ‘tone of the top’ and an open and constant communication with all employees, making good use of digital tools for updates and guidance for the necessary adaptations. Next, Teresa Moll de Alba, Senior Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Global Compact, shared the activities of the initiative in the region and how they are adapting to the current situation, highlighting the non-negotiable nature of the business integrity, even in such circumstances.
In line with the previous discussions, Jorge Bermúdez Soto, Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile and Executive Secretary of OLACEFS, mentioned some of the main causes of the challenges faced by anti-corruption efforts in times of crisis: the need to accelerate processes and the high costs involved, with fewer resources for accountability and, finally, the medical and health nature of the crisis, which requires specialized procurement processes, making transparency difficult. Controller Bermúdez proposed three ways to address the above-mentioned problems: incorporating digital tools into audit activities, transparency in public procedures that prevent illegal activities, and communicating each action, both in health and labor matters and in audit activities.
Closing the discussions, Maria Vitoria Perottino, Specialist in Governance, Risk and Compliance at Unimed Belo Horizonte, Brazil, emphasized the growing importance of the compliance department in the health sector and private companies in general. According to her, the compliance officer can contribute to the crisis management working groups, be cautious with data security problems, and focus on the written documentation of each procedure and measure implemented. Later, participants had the opportunity to learn more about best practices, ask questions and discuss the main challenges currently facing the region in terms of compliance, integrity and control. The webinar is available on the Alliance for Integrity channel on YouTube.