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Editor’s Picks: Brazil’s New Leader to Focus on Building Trust and Credibility

It may take sometime for Brazil to rebuild its economy and restore public trust. Earlier this week, Brazil’s senators made an unprecedented move by voting to suspend former President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for violating budget laws, Reuters reported. The country took a major blow in 2014 when news broke about the Petrobras scandal, which quickly permeated all levels of the industry and the government.

In a nationwide address, Brazil’s new interim President Michel Temer stressed the importance of uniting Brazil and rebuilding the nation. “Trust in the values of our people and in our ability to rebuild the economy,” Temer said. “It is essential to rebuild the credibility of the country at home and abroad to attract new investments and get the economy growing again.”

While Temer’s party was also implicated in the sprawling Petrobras scandal for allegedly accepted bribes, during his address, he vowed to support the investigations into the corruption scheme, the Financial Times reported.

For companies looking to move their business into Brazil, it is essential that their compliance programs have the right mechanisms in place to mitigate risks and weather the country’s deep economic and political crises.

“The current scenario brings a better perspective of business environmental and the risks of doing business in Brazil,” Sao Paulo-based Shin Jae Kim, Partner, TozziniFreire Advogados recently told Ethisphere. “Before doing business, companies should conduct a comprehensive risks assessment based on specificities related to proposed business.” As the Petrobras corruption saga continues to unfold, this assessment will be a critical element that will build and improve compliance programs. Companies will establish their priorities based on the results of a risk map and each company will be able to develop policies, procedures and rules in order to prevent, detect and remediate violations and irregularities to minimize risks in their businesses.

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Upcoming events:

Take this conversation further on June 8-9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil for our 4th Annual Latin America Ethics Summit. Hear from members of the C-suite and other leaders from top-performing companies. For more information and to take advantage of our early bird discount rates, click here.

Live webcast: Join us for Part 2 of the 3-Part Data Insights series that highlights the best practices and learnings about culture from the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies data set. Register now.

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