Anti-corruption statement by professional bodies
A number of professional bodies spanning law and accountancy today (11 May) pledged to continue their work to tackle bribery, corruption, tax-evasion, money laundering and the financing of international terrorism, as leaders from across the world gather in London for an anti-corruption summit.
Making a collective statement on the eve of the UK-Government organised meeting, the participating bodies said: "For many years, professional bodies have worked alongside government, regulators, law enforcement and international bodies and supported our members to combat bribery, corruption, tax-evasion, terrorism and money laundering. We will continue this work and provide support to facilitate national and international co-operation and to improve monitoring and enforcement systems.
"We deplore corruption and the significant harm it causes; we play a vital role in training, educating and supporting our professions to uphold the highest levels of integrity and ethical standards."
Anton Colella, Chief Executive of ICAS, added: “ICAS is delighted to support this initiative. The professions have a very important role to play in business and civic life in the UK and we need to take a collective stance against corruption in all its forms.”
The UK Government has invited the 20 member states of the G20 to the Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016. US Secretary of State John Kerry is among those due to attend the event on 12 May.