In support of the TRACE mission to raise anti-bribery compliance standards worldwide, we are constantly developing new programs to improve anti-bribery awareness and education. Learn more about our current initiatives below.

How to Pay a Bribe: Editorial Contest

How to Pay a Bribe (2014)TRACE is no longer accepting submissions for the next edition of How to Pay a Bribe — the biennial collection of stories exposing real-world bribery schemes in the international business context. The winners of the How to Pay a Bribe: Editorial Contest will be announced later this year.

For more information on the contest or to inquire about the 2016 edition of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes, please write to HowToPayABribe@TRACEinternational.org.

TRACE Shipping and Maritime Industries Initiative


Developed in response to the direct request of vessel owners, shipping agents and freight forwarders for assistance on how to tackle bribery and corruption at ports, this TRACE initiative has established strategic partnerships within the shipping and maritime industries to raise awareness of anti-bribery compliance. These partnerships provide shipping and port agents with access to TRACEcertification, an internationally accepted due diligence review, analysis and approval process for the third parties of multinational companies.

To learn more about the TRACE Shipping and Maritime Industries Initiative, click here.

Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance Award

TRACE Initiatives - Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance Award (IACA)Over the course of the last decade many companies have developed and implemented exemplary compliance programs and procedures that have helped to raise anti-bribery compliance standards worldwide. TRACE created the Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance Award to recognize one of these companies for their innovative approach and their contribution to the field of anti-bribery.

TRACE welcomes both self-nominations and nominations by others. There is no fee for submission.

Award Criteria

Creativity: The innovative nature of the program.

Context and Sustainability: The contribution the program makes to a sustainable anti-bribery environment.

Good Design/Good Business: The degree to which the compliance program supports & interprets the company’s business goals through technology and design.

Legacy: The contribution of the compliance program in establishing a new benchmark for excellence in the compliance community.

This award is judged by TRACE, an internationally respected anti-bribery standard-setting organization staffed by former in-house compliance professionals and anti-bribery attorneys. The judges are experts in the field of anti-bribery and have helped hundreds of multinational companies develop compliance programs that define and utilize industry best practices. The award honors a company that has developed an innovative compliance program or system and, in keeping with TRACE’s philosophy, is willing to share its experience with the larger compliance community.

Eligible themes for nomination include Training Employees and/or Intermediaries, Third Party Due Diligence and Management, Gifts and Hospitality Management, Creating a Compliance Culture, and Recruiting and Hiring.

TRACE’s evaluation is based on the information submitted. The quality of the submission is important to this process. Identities of applicant organizations will be kept confidential unless the applicant receives the award. 

2015 Innovator in Anti-Bribery Compliance

2015 TRACE Innovator in Anti-Bribery Compliance: Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

2015 Innovator in Anti-Bribery Compliance: Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)
Category: Creating a Compliance Culture
Strategy: Create an industry-wide compliance culture through collective action.

View the press release here.

TRACE Initiatives - 2014 Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance Award (IACA) Winner: Dell Inc.

2014 IACA Winner: Dell Inc.

TRACE Initiatives - 2014 Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance Award (IACA) Honorable Mention: Covidien

2014 IACA Honorable Mention: Covidien

Winner: Dell Inc.
Category: Third Party Due Diligence and Management
Strategy: In partnership with TRACE, utilize best-in-class technology to deliver a groundbreaking portable and efficient due diligence solution.

Honorable Mention: Covidien
Category: Creating a Compliance Culture
Strategy: Empower employees to conduct discussions with their peers and create employee-relevant content about compliance. Recognizing leaders as Integrity Champions and award them for outstanding initiatives.

View the press release here.

TRACE Scholar Program

TRACE Initiatives - TRACE Scholar ProgramThe TRACE Scholar Program is aimed at developing exceptional leaders in the field of anti-corruption who are committed to advancing commercial transparency. The program fully funds, with tuition, lodging and travel, international LLM students from developing countries to pursue studies related to strategies and tools for increasing transparency and reducing corruption. TRACE Scholars will spend an academic year at one of three universities, followed by a paid summer internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

TRACE Scholars have a demonstrated interest in anti-corruption efforts and write their LLM thesis on a subject related to anticorruption: international instruments, compliance or enforcement. They enroll in relevant courses focused on business ethics, rule of law, governance and/or economic development.

The TRACE Scholar Program provides emerging leaders and professionals with an interest in anti-corruption and bribery prevention with an intensive course of study followed by a practical and “hands-on” internship.  TRACE Scholars study with students from a diverse range of countries to further enrich their understanding of regional challenges in reducing corruption.  The TRACE Scholar Program develops informed, committed and visible leaders in this field, in support of the work of TRACE and its larger mission.

Participating Universities:

University of Washington School of Law: Please direct questions to traceuw@uw.edu.
(Application guidelines and instructions can be found here.)

King’s College, Cambridge University
(Application guidelines and instructions can be found here.)

General questions should be directed to: info@traceinternational.org. Please note that participating universities set their own application deadlines and may not yet be accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

The 2015-2016 TRACE Scholar has been named. Mr. Orest Stasyuk of Ukraine will study in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at the University of Washington School of Law.

Orest Stasyuk is an attorney from Kiev, Ukraine who works as an associate with the criminal law practice of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, where he focuses on anti-bribery compliance work, implementing compliance programs and conducting anti-corruption audits in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“The TRACE Scholar Program is designed to recruit and develop leaders in the field of anti-bribery who can return to their home countries and contribute to compliance efforts in the public or private sphere,” said Alexandra Wrage, President and Founder of TRACE. “Our inaugural scholars have interned at TRACE this summer and have been tremendously successful.  I look forward to working with Orest next year.”

For more information, view the press release announcing the 2015-2016 TRACE Scholars here.

The two TRACE Scholars for 2014-2015 are Ernesto Velasco Granda of Ecuador, who will attend the Maryland Carey School of Law, and Chitra Nair of India, who will conduct her studies at University of Washington School of Law.

Ernesto Granda is a lawyer from Quito, Ecuador. Mr. Granda is a former advisor to the Ecuadorian Minister of Transportation and Public Works where he worked to bring greater transparency to the governmental bidding process.

Chitra Nair is a lawyer and research officer for the Global Compact Network India, where she works on a project focused on corporate reporting and transparency processes.

“Ernesto and Chitra are emerging leaders in the anti-corruption, compliance and transparency effort,” TRACE President Alexandra Wrage said. “We’re delighted to have such quality candidates for our first two TRACE Scholars.”

The program received applicants from numerous countries including India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Nepal, Thailand, Venezuela, Zambia, Nepal, Malawi, China and Nigeria.

For more information, view the press release announcing the 2014-2015 TRACE Scholars here.

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