Business Integrity for Impact Lawyers: The Role of Anti-Corruption Obligations in Impact Investing

Hosted by British International Investment and GAIL UK

This in-person discussion brings together an expert panel of impact investors, in-house counsel and business integrity specialists, to focus on how lawyers can help to operationalise and implement a business integrity risk management programme in practice.

Impact investors play a critical role in international efforts to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and have ambitious goals to drive positive economic, environmental and social change through investment. Investing with integrity is fundamental if impact investors are to meet these goals. Business integrity is central to fulfilling a development mandate, and should not only be a matter of compliance. Without this insight, the positive forms of impact that investors seek are in jeopardy.

The discussion will identify where business integrity and anti-corruption obligations reside in transaction legal documentation and will highlight some of the practical limitations to operationalising business integrity obligations in legal documentation (including for example issues around enforceability and pushback).

The panel will go on to highlight proactive risk management approaches, including going beyond basic legal monitoring requirements and will explore the role that impact lawyers can play in preserving impact in this context.

The panel will also discuss the 2022 report by Transparency International, supported by British International Investment, on Investing with Integrity: The Benefits and Challenges of Integrating High Business Integrity Standards in Impact Investments. While there is existing guidance on business integrity standards, this report is the first to explore in detail the realities of implementation in impact investing in emerging and frontier markets. It illustrates the challenges which arise and how impact investors can best respond.

This event will be in English.

You must be a GAIL member, or have received an invitation to attend from a GAIL member or from our event partners, British International Investment or Transparency International, in order to be able to attend this event.


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