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Transparency International, and Enablon join forces to help companies combat bribery

Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption coalition and Enablon, the leading provider of corporate responsibility management software, today presented Enablon’s Anti-Bribery System (ABS), a web-based anti-bribery self-evaluation tool for companies that want to prevent bribery in their operations.

TI joined forces with Enablon to develop the Enablon ABS, an interactive program intended for internal use by companies to appraise the strength, completeness and effectiveness of the company’s anti-bribery policies and procedure and to support improvement. The program is based on good practices set out in TI’s Business Principles for Countering Bribery and a framework for anti-bribery self-evaluation developed by TI (TI Self-Evaluation Tool).

“Bribery is a risk that companies cannot afford to ignore,” said Jermyn Brooks, Director Private Sector Programs, at TI. “There is substantial evidence that many companies fail to implement their anti-bribery policies adequately. Enablon ABS is a vital tool for companies wishing to assess the adequacy of their anti-bribery systems and provides a strong foundation for continuous improvement. We are delighted that Enablon’s software has helped produce a robust solution.”

Companies that set up an anti-bribery program can manage risks more effectively and improve their operational efficiency. The first step is to translate values and policies that underpin an anti-bribery program into operational objectives and measurable indicators. This will allow companies to embed their anti-bribery program into core operations, share best practices, and track progress towards real results for countering bribery.

“Enablon ABS is a great tool to help Ethics & Compliance Officers build and improve their global anti-bribery programmes effectively, “ said Annette Stube, Director, Global Business Ethics Development, Novo Nordisk.

Chris Trinder, Group Marketing Director at Mott MacDonald, the UK management, engineering and development consultancy added, "it also offers essential know-how and expertise for training employees on anti-bribery practices.”

Presented today at an event held in conjunction with the Ethical Corporation Anti-Corruption Summit USA in Chicago, Enablon ABS offers diagnostic functions that will enable users to identify risks and areas for improvement. It provides potential solutions through access to expert knowledge and aims to assist companies in strengthening their anti-bribery systems. Enablon ABS will be available in May 2008.

TI, the global NGO dedicated to combating corruption has developed a suite of publicly available tools to help business develop more comprehensive and robust anti-bribery programs. These tools, which are based on the Business Principles for Countering Bribery, include guidance on the detailed implementation of anti-bribery programs.

About Transparency International:

Transparency International is a global network with over 90 national chapters fighting to end the devastating effects of corruption.

For more information please see www.transparency.org

For more information on TI’s work on the private sector please see:

http://www.transparency.org/whatwedo/activity/engaging_the_private_sector_in_the_fight_against_corruption

About Enablon:

Enablon is one of the world's leading providers of Corporate Responsibility software solutions with recognized expertise in EHS Management, Governance, Risk & Compliance.

For more information about Enablon, please visit: www.enablon.com

For more information about the Enablon ABS solution developed with Transparency International, please see: www.enablon.com/abs


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