Conferences & Publications

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March 2011 U.S. Ambassador Supports U.S.-Russian Civil Society Cooperation

On March 16, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle made a speech to the “3rd Russia and CIS Anti-Corruption Summit” in Moscow. The Ambassador provided a balanced discourse on bilateral cooperation between the United States and Russia to counter the transnational threat of official corruption. He discussed how governments, business and civil society each have a special role to play. After discussing steps that both the U.S. and Russian governments are taking to counter corruption, Ambassador Beyrle expressed strong support for civil society organizations, including Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, which are taking initiative to work with the governments. He cited the Center’s participation in the “U.S.-Russia Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Institutional Integrity” under the auspices of the “U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission”.

Since being formed in July 2009, the U.S.-Russia Working Group has met six times to discuss how to facilitate implementation of the “UN Convention against Corruption”, which has been ratified by both the United States and Russia. The Working Group is focused in particular on development of freedom of information, protection of whistleblowers and public procurement reform.

Ambassador Beyrle also cited the Center’s work with leaders of the U.S. and Russian business community to create the Russian Energy Compliance Alliance, a public-private initiative to improve competition in the market for energy efficiency technologies.


March 2011 Center Supports ACI’s “3rd Russia and CIS Summit on Anti-Corruption”

The “Center for Business Ethics & Corporate Governance” is acting as an “Associate Partner” in support of the American Conference Institute’s third annual “Russia and CIS Summit on Anti-Corruption”, which will take place on March 16-17 in Moscow. Once again, this Summit brings together an exceptional faculty of senior corporate ethics and compliance executives, attorneys, and government officials to help business address their most pressing anticorruption compliance challenges in Russia and the CIS. To register for the “Anti-Corruption Summit” on-line, please click here. To obtain a 10% discount, please contact us.


October 2010 Matthew Murray and Alexey Navalny Speak at Yale University

On October 26, 2010, CFBE’s Chair, Matthew Murray, and the Founder of the Russian Shareholders Association, Alexey Navalny, were the featured speakers at a forum at Yale University on “Investing in Russia: Navigating Corruption and Corporate Governance”. The forum was sponsored by Yale University’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance & Performance. Mr. Murray presented an analysis of the impact of the Russian Corporate Governance Code on the development of the securities market. Mr. Navalny discussed his experience spearheading legal challenges on behalf of minority shareholders in large Russian companies.


June 2010 US-Russia C2C Summit in Washington, D.C.

During the June 2010 U.S.-Russia Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C., there was a parallel U.S.-Russia Civil Society to Civil Society Summit (C2C). With the support of the U.S. and Russian governments, leaders of civil society from both nations met to develop joint initiatives to recommend to President Obama and President Medvedev. The Center for Business Ethics & Corporate Governance participated in the C2C Summit, and helped form the “U.S.- Russia Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Institutional Integrity”. Other members include: Transparency International-USA, the Sunlight Foundation and Transparency International Russia. On June 24, 2010, the U.S.-Russia Working Group presented its recommendations for further C2C cooperation in anti-corruption to the Plenary Session of the Summit. They can be downloaded in English below.


April 2010 CFBE Advisor Philip Nichols and Board Member Patricia Dowden make a series of presentations in Moscow and St. Petersburg on the role of professional civility in creating "generalized trust".

CFBE Advisor Philip Nichols and Board Member Patricia Dowden presented a draft paper at the 11th Annual International Academic Conference on Economic and  Social Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The  conference, organized by the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and co-sponsored by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, brought together  senior Russian government officials, representatives of multilateral  organizations, as well as leading businesspeople and academics to  discuss the challenges facing developing economies as they modernize.  Presentations were also made at the HSE's Sociological Club, Russian State University for the Humanities, St. Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (FINEC), and St. Petersburg International Rotary Club. The paper describes the role of "generalized trust" in creating efficiencies in mature economies; and suggests the hypothesis that professional civility may be a catalyst for developing generalized trust.

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March 2010 CFBE Participates in "2nd Annual Russia/CIS Anti-Corruption Summit"

CFBE Chair Matthew Murray attended the "2nd Annual Russia/CIS Anti-Corruption Summit" in Moscow, a forum dedicated to promoting responsible discussion of best practices in the Russian market. Mr. Murray made a presentation to senior business executives and government officials on how to improve governance in the energy industry.


March 2010 2nd Annual Russia and CIS Anti-Corruption Summit

CFBE is a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Russia and CIS Anti-Corruption Summit, being held in Moscow, Russia on March 11th-12th. Matthew Murray, CFBE Chair, will be speaking on the panel entitled “Detecting Patterns of Bribery: How to Conduct a Corruption Risk Assessment to Identify Trouble Spots”.

For more information and a full schedule, visit the conference’s website here:


January 2010 1st Meeting of the US-Russia Civil Society Forum

On Wednesday, January 27th, in Washington, DC, the US-Russia Civil Society Forum met for the first time. 1st Deputy Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov, representing the Kremlin, and Michael McFaul, Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council, representing the Obama Administration, co-chaired the session. The session discussed implementation of Articles 12 and 13 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and included representatives from CFBE, Transparency International, and Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).