THERE HAS BEEN much talk about how rapid growth markets (RGMs) are expected to be the drivers of the global economy over the next decade. RGMs are countries that emerged from the 2008 recession with minimum damage and which project significant growth. They include a number of economies from the Asia Pacific region. While this is certainly cause for cautious optimism, it also raises the concern that the pressure for these markets to generate growth may also increase the risk of fraud, bribery, and corruption.
The Ernst & Young Asia Pacific Fraud Survey Report 2013, released just last Sept. 26, indicates that while many companies in the region have created, or are in the process of creating, policies and procedures to deal with fraud, bribery and corruption, there is often a disconnect in the local application of, and compliance with, these policies. The report surveyed top executives from Australia and New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. While the Philippines was not included in the survey, there are many important lessons that local executives can glean from the report. It complements government’s current anti-corruption stance and a similar drive in the private sector for more transparency and integrity in dealing with government. Further information