MONTREAL – Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) aims to become the first montreal borough to obtain the certification ISO 37 001, so-called “standard anti-corruption”.
This international standard helps organisations to prevent, detect and deal with bribery and corruption issues. In concrete terms, this translates, among other things, by the implementation of a policy of fight against corruption and of reporting mechanisms, or even by training staff in key posts.
The firm’s Management, Jean Bourdeau will first do an organizational diagnosis, which takes six weeks: this is the first step towards the implementation of a management system anti-corruption. An agreement with the firm, with a value of $ 5,000, has been signed on the 18th of June. The borough will then decide whether it wishes to pursue.
The certification process can take 18 to 36 months, according to Marc Y. Tassé, professor at the school of management, University of Ottawa, and expert in ethics, corporate and financial crimes.
“The population of CDN-NDG is expected that our district adopts the best practices of management of public funds,” said mayor Sue Montgomery, hoping that the borough will become “exemplary in terms of fighting corruption”.
Increased transparency in the process of award of contracts may be considered, has shown its firm. Ms. Montgomery, independent consultant and ex-elected Project Montreal, also calls on the City of Montreal to get certified.
Remember that the former mayor acting of Montreal, Michael Applebaum, has been found guilty of corruption, among others, in 2017, in connection with the time when he was mayor of CDN-NDG.
In 2017, the borough of South-West had adopted a resolution to obtain the certification, but then decided that this issue was more to do with the City centre and did not go forward.
For sir, the main advantage of the standard anti-corruption is to “restore the public’s confidence in the institution”. It also helps to reduce the risks at the level of the supply chain and the bidding process.
In the context of a health emergency related to the COVID-19, “it is important to have good controls in place,” explained the professor. “With the state of emergency, you can give contracts otc; you no longer have to comply with the procedures [common] award of contracts and procurement.”
At the municipal level, one of the difficulties is that the sub-contractors must also comply with the requirements of the standard, which may limit the number of providers available. A very good line of reporting must also be in place.
Montreal already has an Office of the inspector general. “They have a lot of power. If one compares what they have with the requirements of the standard, yes they aligned with,” said Mr. Tassé.