The UN’s annual anti-corruption day is rapidly approaching on 9 December, shining light on the importance of integrity within our business.
This month we met with Grégory Détraz, Havas Chief Compliance Officer, to discuss network resources that combat corruption and the critical nature of International Anti-Corruption Day.
Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about your role at Havas Group?
My role is primarily to set up an anti-corruption programme across all Havas entities worldwide. The fight against corruption is one of our core values and a clear commitment from our management. Our network of 80 referents across 5 continents is here to ensure we comply with applicable laws and that we are not exposed to corruption risk.
More importantly we are here to help — corruption is a complex area, and if you find yourself exposed to a situation at risk please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you explain Havas Group’s anti-corruption strategy/policy to us?
Our anti-corruption program is based on 3 pillars :
- Commitment from all of us to the fight against corruption,
- Training and prevention,
- Detect and correct situations at risk.
We developed an anti-corruption code, mandatory e-learning on Havas University, policy on gifts and invitations, and processes to protect Havas and employees from being exposed to risks of corruption. I invite you to visit our anti-corruption section on Agora, under Group Assets, where all these documents are available.
What is the aim of International Anti-Corruption Day?
The International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December is an initiative from the United Nations to raise awareness of corruption and the importance of combatting and preventing it.
Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development, and contributes to governmental instability. This day is critical for us all to recognise as it is an occasion to remind us the importance of this topic.