In a multi-jurisdictional and cross border environment, it is imperative for nations across the globe to strengthen their stance on anti-corruption by improved regulations to mitigate risks. In line with this, France enacted the amended SAPIN II law to combat bribery and corruption in mid-2017. The Act aims at boosting France’s competitiveness in matters related … More Demystifying the implications of France’s SAPIN II for emerging markets
Over the years, globalization has liberalized trade significantly, leading to a positive effect on the world economy. While protectionism is not a new trend, it is somewhat surprising to note that most countries do not truly practice free trade – there are always restrictions to some extent in the movement of goods and services in … More The impact of protectionism
For as long as there has been business, there has been fraud. However, the level of sophistication and magnitude of fraud perpetration has evolved considerably over the last decade even as petty corruption continues to occur in less conspicuous manners. Of the many forms that fraud can take, insider and third-party threats such as management … More Financial goals and ethical conduct: not a trade-off
The concept of robotics has been in existence for a long time, with Egyptians using automated water clocks to strike the hour bell and hydraulically operated statues that could gesture and speak in 400 BC. Subsequently, there have been many such instances of robotics in the history of mankind. The first modern-day Industrial Revolution dates … More Robotics and automation: threats and opportunities
Increased global trade, foreign direct investment, greater economic potential, large consumer base, young working population, strong domestic consumption and fluctuations in the US dollar have led to improvements in the performance of emerging markets, including India. These markets offer attractive investment opportunities with portfolio diversification, showcasing the potential for strong commercial ties with the rest … More Driving cognizance on corruption risks through greater enforcement – Int’l Anti-Corruption Day 2017
India’s business landscape remains buoyant, highlighted by improved ranking (100) in World Bank’s recently released Ease of Doing Business Report 2018. The market has seen a gradual through significant transformation on multiple fronts including new domestic and global reforms and the ongoing war against unethical practices. While, fraud, bribery and corruption remain endemic in emerging … More Strengthening governance and ethics this Int’l Fraud Awareness Week 2017
The ‘workplace of the future’ has reached its inflection point with the proliferation and promise of new age technologies. For the banking and financial services sector, early technology adoption has been beneficial and many organizations are already taking calculated steps to fuel digital transformation through the Internet of Things, cloud, deep analytics, robotics, cognitive tools … More Redefining AML compliance in banking through robotics
The business landscape in India has undergone a significant change in terms of increasing flow of foreign investments, contribution to the global economy, exponential growth of startups and technological advancements. As per the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report 2018, India jumped up by 30 points, securing a spot in the top 100 countries … More Combating corruption through robust compliance procedures – the Vigilance Awareness Week
Fraud, corruption and corporate misconduct has seen a spike worldwide in recent times. For rapidly growing economies, transparency and ease of doing business are pivotal to attracting investments. According to the Economic Survey of India 2017 by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), India is now the fastest-growing G20 economy. From a business … More Turbocharging ethical growth through greater board guidance
Exchanging gifts during festivals and celebratory occasions has become a norm in many cultures over time. With the festival of lights just around the corner, ornate boxes of sweets and dry fruits can often be seen delivered across the board. Traditionally, Diwali gifts as a token of goodwill and revelry are accepted by many but … More Diwali Gifts: Where to draw the line
Organizations across the globe have been using benchmarking data to evaluate their performance, structure and operations as compared to those of their peers. Thus, benchmarking grew into a leading industry practice to assess performance, proficiently use resources, detect knowledge gaps and identify areas for improvement. To understand trends among internal fraud investigation professionals, The Association … More Building robust fraud investigation teams through benchmarking
Increased globalization has resulted in businesses expanding their footprint across the world. To drive efficiency, most organizations tend to outsource non-core activities to external or third parties. While the growing network of third parties can help organizations sustain in a challenging environment, it has also brought with it risks such as bribery and corruption, Intellectual … More Managing third party risks through enhanced due diligence
The world is dominated by the internet revolution, digital disruption, cross border transactions and consumerization today. Information and data exchange is rapid and occurring real time. Consequentially, the security concerns traversing through boundaries are bringing data protection and privacy issues, breaches and leakage of confidential information into the spotlight.
In a year characterized by geopolitical risk, economic uncertainty and increased regulatory intensity, the findings of our 2017 Asia-Pacific Fraud Survey are a cause for concern: over half of close to 1,700 respondents across sectors believed that ethical standards have not improved in their local business operations.
Increased consumer awareness and regulatory focus have transformed India’s approach to food safety. Changing reforms continue to play an important role in shaping the industry to ascertain the procurement, provision and production of food products in order to meet the highest standards of safety and hygiene.
India has witnessed tremendous growth in the power and utilities sector in recent years, with the Government launching various reforms and schemes to increase electrification reach and spread across the country. As per Central Electric Authority, India is one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of power, with over 1 trillion units generated and … More Steering the power and utilities sector through fraud and corruption risks
Every parameter is pointing toward mobile phones replacing bank branches, ATM cards and much more. But are telecom companies ready to take the consumer onslaught and ensure safe transactions?
Today’s world of corporate compliance is characterized by an increasing number of enforcement actions related to bribery and corruption. Co-operation and information sharing between enforcement agencies on multi-jurisdictional cases is also increasing. Parallelly, nations such as Brazil, Canada, Mexico, France, India, Russia, Spain and Korea are either adopting anti-bribery laws or strengthening existing legislations. By … More Expanding the arc of global corporate compliance
The threat of cybercrime on the global banking and financial services industry is apparent with a tectonic increase in cases over the past few years. These attacks have become highly targeted, and cyber criminals seem to have hit the jackpot by deploying sophisticated techniques for illicit financial gains. From hacking the bank accounts of companies, … More Countering emerging cyber threats in the banking sector
The past year has been burgeoning with growth and expansion opportunities for most countries across the globe, especially in the Asia Pacific region. Increased emphasis on cross border transactions, foreign direct investment and digital inclusion have been some of the contributing factors for the rapid economic and sustainable growth of this region. While countries in … More Navigating through fraud and corruption risks in APAC
The current global environment is ripe with opportunities for developing countries. Bangladesh’s economic scorecard is well-aligned with this trend, as it showcases significant growth in line with other markets especially in the Asia Pacific region. The current Gross Domestic Product of the country stands at 6.8%, and has consistently been above 6% over the last … More Overcoming risks and fostering an ethical business environment in Bangladesh
Mobile devices and internet have emerged from being a ‘want’ to a ‘necessity’. In recent months, telecom price wars in India have brought down the cost of high-speed mobile data. At the same time, demonetization has made many consumers become more dependent on their mobile phones to make payments. These two instances alone led to … More Why be concerned with data privacy?
Rapid globalization, rising cross-border business operations, diverse workforces and greater enforcement has caused complexities for organizations with regards to adherence to local labor laws. In the event of a possible non-compliance scenario or work permit breach, these laws may not only affect the employers locally or even internationally, but also other stakeholders such as customers, … More Are Swiss businesses doing enough to stay protected from the vulnerabilities of work permit breaches?
Inconsistency and ambiguity in encouraging high ethical standards and insufficient understanding of compliance programs have increasingly led employees to justify unethical behaviour at the workplace states EY’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) Fraud Survey, Economic uncertainty or Unethical conduct: How should over-burdened compliance functions respond? The survey highlighted that ethical leadership has emerged worrisome in India and China … More APAC Fraud Survey 2017: Corporate India sees a tussle between growth and ethical conduct
India has seen a spurt in professional sports leagues over the last few years – from cricket, to football, kabbadi, wrestling, hockey and badminton. The entertainment value it brings to millions of fans is immense. Expectedly, sponsorships and digital advertisements volumes have gone through the roof, making it a beneficial space for brand associations. Investments … More Infusing ethics in Indian sporting leagues for greater fair play
Singapore’s reputation as a “clean” country did not come by chance. It is the result of decades of strong political will to sustain a robust and comprehensive anti-corruption framework, and build a society that frowns on corruption. Recently, the city-state received a boost of confidence with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) revealing that corruption … More Singapore raising the bar in the fight against corruption
Arbitrator: “Mr. John, what is an equity beta? What is the impact of levering and unlevering a beta? How is country risk premium impacting the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) that you have applied for discounting of cash flows?”Questions such as these and more can possibly trigger an adrenaline rush for some attorneys. However, … More The role of experts in arbitration
Safeguarding your technology assets has become critical than ever before. Further to the global outbreak on Friday, many global corporations have reported ransomware infections involving WannaCry 2.0 and many others that use the same exploit as WannaCry 2.0
The Indian food industry is on an upward trajectory and emerging as a high growth space considering its contribution to the global food industry. Showing immense potential, it is expected to grow at an 11% CAGR to US$65.4 billion by 2018 as per India Brand Equity Foundation. The foundation also states that the food space … More Understanding the growing significance of food safety in the retail sector
Over the last few years, there has been an exponential rise in targeted cyber-attacks which are aimed at financial gain. Incidents around ransomware, data breach incidents and Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks also made headlines worldwide. Today, a company’s ability to deal with such situations effectively is a priority but at the same … More Cyber incident response remains low in corporate India
High growth and entrepreneurial companies have emerged as the backbone of India’s economic success story and a key factor in the country’s development and progress. They have contributed significantly to the GDP, offered numerous opportunities by creating jobs, increased exports and delivered high value to the stakeholders involved. With changing times, building high growth companies … More Unleashing the potential of high growth companies by mitigating risks
The threat of cybercrime, and particularly ransomware has been accelerating at an alarming rate in recent times. In Switzerland, a number of high profile cases have been reported, indicating a shift in the perpetrator’s focus from targeting individuals to not only small and medium sized companies but also large organizations. Trend shows the healthcare sector … More Escalating ransomware threats in the healthcare sector
The Indian pharmaceutical industry has been inundated by a substantial number of regulatory inspections, especially from US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) and other prominent regulatory authorities such as UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Health Canada. The challenges arising here may be daunting but the emphasis has been to steadily … More Building the base for ‘good’ data integrity
Uncertainties in the business environment, augmenting pressure to meet financial targets and aspirations to achieve unprecedented career growth are driving employees to justify unethical workplace behaviour, states EY’s Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey. The India findings of the survey titled Human instinct or machine logic – which do you trust most in … More EMEIA Fraud Survey 2017: Is workplace ethics taking a backseat in India?
In recent times, there have been increasing concerns around data breaches and other security threats among companies and individuals alike. The use of new techniques and complex technologies has been both a bane and a boon here. Some stakeholders believe that the risk of data breach increases with growing technology adoption, while others believe that … More Protect confidential data from being sold as ‘scrap’
Gift giving is a customary practice during festive seasons and special occasions (such as birthdays) in many parts of the world. But where should one draw the line in matters of business? What can be done when company executives are expected to give away ‘perks’ in the form of special movie screenings, free tickets to … More The ethical dilemma – to gift or not to gift?
The world is more interconnected today than ever before with digitization and data sharing in businesses. These technological advancements can become a double-edged sword for not only Swiss companies but also all companies operating in a global ecosystem. Today, fraud has also assumed a digital avatar, especially because of the ever increasing activities of cybercriminals … More Defying cybercrime risks in Switzerland
Women safety has emerged as a subject of priority for most organizations today. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is important to highlight a strong stance toward fostering a diverse and inclusive environment as well as address workplace harassment issues. In line with this, EY Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services along with The Federation … More Maintaining women safety at workplace this International Women’s Day
Rapid innovation and digitization has led to a spurt in e-commerce over the last few years. This has permeated into the lives of individuals to do almost anything – shop, travel, book vacations, cabs or even buy groceries online. The convenience offered to browse online in the comfort of their own home, as opposed to … More Bulletproofing the Indian e-commerce business
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Companies all over the world are concerned as well as unsure about the impact that Brexit will have on their operations, which may not be directly linked to cross-border trade. According to media reports, the UK exported about £220 billion worth of goods and services to the rest of the European Union (EU) in 2015, … More Impact of Brexit on software license contracts
With increasing fraud and corruption, striking the compliance chord is paramount in today’s business environment. This is prompting companies to educate all stakeholders about these rising threats and mitigate future risks.
The success of a business is typically backed by astute minds, with a brilliant strategy. Having said that, there is no silver bullet to ensure this success, especially when it comes to developing and implementing a sustainable growth plan. There are times when different departments may end up being in an involuntary competition with each … More Empowering your legal department
Money laundering is a global menace, with most countries being equally susceptible to it. Our earlier blogposts focused on understanding trade-based money laundering (TBML), its evolution as a major roadblock on the anti-money laundering front (AML), the need to improve overall AML governance frameworks and varying dynamics witnessed from a macro standpoint.
Today, the automotive industry has become significantly more global in scope, and a company’s supply and distribution relationships are likely to have a much broader global reach than ever. These inter-relationships that extend across borders, time zones, and continents could also compound the opportunities for fraudulent and corrupt activity due to differences in culture, business … More Is fraud taking you for a ride? It is time for automotive companies to fasten their compliance seatbelt.
An increase in the number of commercial disputes, rising importance of technology and delays in the litigation system are some of the reasons for a substantial increase in cases of arbitration. Today, India is not only a preferred hub for investments but also the third-largest foreign investment beneficiary in the world, thus making easy access … More Changing mind-set driving improvement in arbitration in India
James*, a Regional Manager with an Indian multinational firm was elated, having just received his offer letter for an internal transfer overseas. The opportunity not only gave him a sizeable hike from his current salary, but also included perks such as fare for the flight, food and accommodation in his new city. After settling in, … More Uncovering the reality of modern slavery
Steven*, a working professional, approached a Registrar and Transfer Agent (RTA), Philip*, for transmission of shares bought by his father who passed away six years ago. He was alarmed when informed by Philip that the shares held by his father were dematerialised (converted from physical shares into electronic format) and had been sold through the stock … More Registrar and Transfer Agent Frauds – failure of governance over outsourced activities?
With an aim of making India a global talent hub, companies across the board are making unswerving efforts to attract and retain talent. One of the most prolific methods that most organizations adopt is the concept of employee referrals. Besides being a more cost-effective recruitment tool, it also motivates and encourages current employees to contribute … More Is your company suffering from viral referrals?
The concept of outsourcing has taken the business world by storm. Although, it has been woven to become one of the most used buzzwords in corporate jargon, there is still scope of it being misconstrued from a governance perspective.