Legal compliance officers invited to enter awards

The achievements of legal compliance officers will be recognized at the first Southern Africa Compliance Awards in November 2014.

The hosts are C5 Communications (UK), in partnership with the southern African consulting body NIOCCSA, ICC Fraudnet, Business Council For Africa, and the International Compliance Association.

The event is on 19 November, during the South Africa Anti-Corruption Summit on 17 to 20 November 2014, at Montecasino in Johannesburg.

The diligence of legal, compliance and regulatory professionals, corporate teams and consultants are essential to business, labour and state sustainability. The awards aim to empower, inspire and motivate the compliance industry,

Entries are judged by prominent compliance and regulatory professionals from across the spectrum of the corporate, legal and professional services in Southern Africa.

C5 Awards Director Brian Reffell said the event supports legal compliance professionals by raising business, labour and state awareness of the vast range and diversity of work in the compliance industry in Southern Africa.

“The event is especially relevant during increased regulatory and media spotlights on corporate ethics and compliance effectiveness,” said Reffell. “Business in Africa is advancing rapidly, due in no small part to the compliance profession.

“Our judges are enthusiastic to demonstrate the integrity and quality in the compliance profession, which continues to innovate and deliver world class management services.”

Compliance individuals and teams invited

C5 invites organisational legal compliance officers, consultants, practitioners and teams to enter one or more of the 12 categories relevant to their work in regulatory functions in Southern Africa.

Entries are accepted from individuals, teams or companies on behalf of themselves or others. Qualified professionals may enter individual as well as team categories.

The 12 award categories range from Junior Compliance Officer of the Year, to Compliance Innovator of the Year, and Law Firm of the Year, to Inspirational Woman of the Year in Compliance.

Finalists will include individual officers and teams who demonstrate the excellence and wealth of talent in the compliance industry in the continental region. State officials are given free entry to the summit.

Legal compliance award judges

Entries are judged by a panel of prominent compliance specialists in corporate, legal and professional services in Southern Africa, including:
• Alexandra Wrage, President, TRACE International
• Philippe Montigny, President, ETHIC Intelligence
• Roy Waligora, Director and Partner, KPMG Services
• David Lewis, Executive Director, Corruption Watch (RF) NPC
• Adela Fortune, Company Secretary, Old Mutual Emerging Markets
• Justin Warren, Head of Compliance, African Minerals
• Ferdi Bayliss, Vice President: Group Compliance, Gold Fields
• David Loxton, Co-head of Forensics, ENS Africa
• Yvette Lingom, Division Manager- Legal, C5 Communications UK
• Bapsy Dastur, General Counsel, Head Legal and Integrity IMA, ABB
• Don Hughes, Vice-president and General Counsel, EMEA, Hitachi Data Systems
• Hugh Bigwood, Global Head of Compliance, Rio Tinto Group
• Andrew Legg, Partner, Eversheds LLP.

United Nations promotes compliance and governance

The United Nations recognises corruption as one of the world’s greatest challenges in sustainable development, with a disproportionate impact on poor communities and corroding the fabric of society.

In the private sector, corruption impedes growth, distorts competition and poses serious legal and reputational risks.

Rapid development of rules of corporate governance worldwide prompt companies to focus on anti-corruption measures in the interests of their shareholders. Internal controls are being extended to ethics and integrity issues, while investment managers seek out these controls as evidence of good management.

The UN Global Compact partners with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Transparency International (TI), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Economic Forum Partnership Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and the World Bank Institute (WBI), providing a platform for learning and dialogue and offering guidance to companies on how to implement principle 10.

The southern African awards for legal compliance officers follows similar awards in the UK, France, USA and Russia.

The National Institute of Organisational Compliance Consulting of Southern Africa (NIOCCSA), partners the awards as well as the Southern Africa Anti-Corruption Summit. Andrew Winder heads the legal consulting chapter, Nico Smit the human resources chapter, and Rudy Maritz (chairperson) the Sheq consulting chapter.

Maritz said; “compliance professionals take pride in promoting and driving corporate compliance to the benefit of their countries and the African continent.

“We are inspired by recognition of the achievements of compliance professionals, including our members working in all business and industrial sectors.”

• To stay informed of compliance award developments, follow http://www.twitter.com/ac_awards
• For more information on the South Africa Anti-Corruption Summit on 17 -20 November 2014 at Montecasino in Johannesburg, or the awards, visit NIOCCSA at www.nioccsa.org.za
• Book on C5 Communications (UK) at http://africancomplianceawards.com/south-africa/media/

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Edmond Furter

Editor at Sheqafrica.com
Edmond Furter is the editor of Sheqafrica.com. He is a freelance technical journalist, and has won six journalism awards. He specialises in industrial, business, and cultural content in web, journal, and book formats.

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