A roadshow to promote anti-corruption and encourage transparency in Italian firms.
The BIF Roadshow 2018 arrived in Palermo on 19 September. The aim of the initiative organised by Transparency International Italia is to share experience of anti-corruption and promote the most effective best practice in the private sector.
The Sicilian event followed on from the editions in Terni in June and Genoa in July, and also saw the participation of Enel, one of fourteen large Italian companies involved in the Business Integrity Forum, a network committed to promoting joint projects to increase transparency in business practices. The aim is to engender a spirit that can be replicated in order to benefit other stakeholders, like small and medium-sized enterprises.
“Small and medium-sized enterprises make up 90% of the private sector in Italy. A lack of specialist knowledge means they sometimes struggle to implement the appropriate measures correctly and communicate their commitment to fighting corruption,” explained Giovanni Colombo, Head of the Private Sector division at Transparency Italia, at the Palermo event. “That’s why we’re very pleased this initiative has also come to Sicily, and we’re delighted with our collaboration with Enel. Their work has given us the opportunity to reach many local businesses and offer our experience.”
“Big companies can play a key role in the cohesion between the pubic and private sectors to promote a culture of lawfulness, especially through encouraging the use of compliance measures for small and medium-sized enterprises, which form the heart of the supply chain. Enel underlines its support for such initiatives, which are designed to promote the development of sustainable business activities and are based on the principles of integrity,” added Giulio Fazio, Enel Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs.
Also participating in the Palermo event, organised in collaboration with Enel and chaired by Nino Amadore of Italy’s financial daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, were representatives of public institutions – current mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, Fabrizio Micari, rector of the University of Palermo and Gaetano Armao, Vice-President of the Sicilian Regional administration.