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Standards Alliance Organizes U.S.–Cote d’Ivoire Training on ISO37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), through its public-private partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Standards Alliance, organized a three-day training in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on March 26-28 covering an ISO 37001, which is a management standard to help combat bribery and corruption. This training was held in coordination with Cote d'Ivoire’s national standards body, CODINORM.

The goal of this workshop was to provide an opportunity for Cote d ’Ivoirian and U.S. experts to exchange information and increase the understanding of various aspects of ISO 37001. Two U.S. experts representing DNV GL, Worth MacMurray and Bruno Samuel, traveled to Abidjan to facilitate this training.

The workshop began with an initial awareness-building seminar attended by more than 40 participants from the public and private sector in Cote d'Ivoire. Participants received an overview of ISO 37001 including the value of the standard and examples for organizational implementation to improve management structures and minimize corruption. The U.S. experts also discussed the impact and use of ISO37001 around the globe.

Following the awareness-building event, select Ivorian experts were invited to participate in a two-day training to cover the standard in detail. This training included 17 participants from certification bodies, inspection agencies, and government decision-makers. The in depth training provided an opportunity for participants to discuss practical application of ISO 37001 as well as local and regional challenges to implementation in Cote d'Ivoire.

In total, both activities attracted more than 50 participants, including Bakari Traoré of the Ivorian High Authority for Good Governance (HABG), which is in charge of promoting good governance and fighting corruption in Cote d'Ivoire. Following the event, Ivorian participants are planning a strategic planning meeting to discuss next steps for the utilization of ISO37001 in Cote d'Ivoire.