Office of Anticorruption and Integrity: Annual Report 2017 | Asian Development Bank

Office of Anticorruption and Integrity: Annual Report 2017

Institutional Document | March 2018

ADB is ramping up its efforts to help countries in the Asia and Pacific region combat money laundering and terrorism financing, which is key to achieving inclusive and sustainable development.

The Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) leads ADB’s integrity initiatives through the conduct of investigations, project procurement-related reviews, integrity due diligence, and knowledge-sharing with ADB’s stakeholders. OAI is also implementing ADB’s tax integrity policy at country and project levels. OAI ensures a respectful ADB workplace through the Respectful Workplace Unit, which was established within OAI in February 2017. 

This report highlights some of the efforts ADB—through OAI—has implemented over the past year—both on enforcement and prevention. Thirty firms and 22 individuals were debarred for integrity violations, along with cross-debarment for 153 firms and 36 individuals. ADB also submitted 3 firms and 4 individuals for cross-debarment to other multilateral development banks and provided integrity due diligence advice on 777 entities involved in sovereign and nonsovereign transactions to ensure that integrity, money laundering, and terrorist financing risks are identified and mitigated.

OAI also increased outreach to the broader public about ADB's anticorruption efforts, conducting 41 training sessions. As part of its efforts to champion integrity within ADB, OAI launched a mandatory e-learning course, called Anticorruption and Respect at Work, for ADB staff in May 2017, while conducting 68 staff training sessions with 1,436 participants. It also conducted 474 pre-employment screenings of potential candidates for staff positions in ADB and strengthened internal controls on employment.

Furthermore, ADB's Respectful Workplace Unit provided 47 advisories and assessed 20 complaints about concerns of bullying and harassment, misconduct, and sexual harassment. It also conducted 51 training sessions to improve ADB’s working environment.

On the anti-money laundering (AML) front, OAI provided the Philippines with support to enhance the regulatory framework to combat money laundering. In Mongolia, OAI assisted the government to develop an action plan to update the country’s AML legislation. Assistance is also ongoing in Bhutan and Papua New Guinea to strengthen their AML regimes.

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • The Office of Anticorruption and Integrity’s Anti-Money Laundering Support to Developing Member Countries
  • Integrity in ADB Operations
  • Respectful Workplace
  • Project Procurement-Related Reviews
  • Integrity Due Diligence
  • Outreach
  • Working Together with International Financial Institutions
  • About the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity
  • Appendixes