Each year, the ECIIA Conference is arranged in different European countries and the host for 2016 is the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in Sweden.
The ECIIA is the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing. The mission of the ECIIA is “To be the consolidated voice for the profession of internal auditing in Europe by dealing with the European Union, its Parliament and Commission and any other appropriate institution of influence and to present and develop the internal audit profession and good corporate governance in Europe”. The Conference will take place at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre on October 6-7.
For more information, please view the conference brochure here.
We have soon reached 400 registered participants and that is something we would like to celebrate. Therefore, the person who register as number 400 will be given a voucher that allows her/him to bring a colleague at 50 % discount. The four-hundredth registered participant will be contacted by email.
We also want to inform you that we have released a conference brochure where we present the conference at a glance and highlight some of the speakers. View the brochure here.
Finally, for those of you who have already registered, you can create your own personal agenda here.
Listen to lessons learned from the FIFA governance fiasco
What do you expect from the ECIIA 2016?
I look forward to having the ECIIA conference bring together leading internal auditors from across Europe who want to be aware of the latest regulatory and enforcement developments that impact their profession. Internal auditors are increasingly called upon to assume responsibility for corporate compliance with anti-bribery laws so I suspect that anti-bribery compliance will be a common theme in this year’s discussions.
What will you speak about during your session?
I will share leadership lessons learned from the FIFA debacle. I served on the Independent Governance Committee for 18 months, before eventually resigning. The obstacles to a culture of compliance there are well-known. I will also discuss the important role internal auditors play in detecting and reducing anti-bribery risks.
The first time you visited Sweden, what was your impression?
This is not my first visit to Sweden, and I welcome the opportunity to visit a county that reminds me in many ways of my own: Canada. Both countries are praised for their low levels of corruption, and yet are not immune to it. The TRACE Matrix of business bribery risk ranks Sweden 5th and Canada 2nd among 197 countries. The TRACE Matrix evaluates the risk of business bribery across four categories; Sweden ranks slightly below Canada in the strength and enforcement of its anti-bribery laws, and capacity for civil society oversight. However, Sweden receives the 3rdbest score for “Interactions with government officials”, ahead of Canada, Finland, Ireland and New Zealand.
The first time I visited Sweden, I was almost braced for the natural beauty, but didn’t expect the Gamla Stan to be as lovely as it is!
Proper GRC will cure our migraine
We can all of us agree, I expect, that Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance are three pillars that support the organization by providing assurance that its objectives are met. Even Wikipedia agrees. Owners, citizens and governing bodies place high standards on our organizations, demanding on the one hand efficiency and effectiveness be delivered, and on the other hand that there shall be no surprises. Media and public authorities also have expectations to this governance framework and are continuously reviewing the way it operates in practice.
But to be honest today we are suffering as if from a migraine. The attacks in Brussels once more demonstrate the polarization within this world. They serve as a reminder to us that our efforts to develop our own skills and competencies in the GRC area, also play their part in contributing to the global fight against corruption, crime and poverty – even if only to a limited extent. And then just when we started to believe again that governance in the financial world had found a solid footing and the fog was clearing along come the Panama Papers and give us another headache.
The ECIIA Conference on GRC on October 6-7 will cover all these aspects and provide an outstanding arena for networking and sharing experiences. We are proud of the programme and look forward to sharing it together with you in Stockholm!
Chairman of the Steering Committee for the ECIIA Conference 2016