About TRACE Partnerships

Partnerships

TRACE Partner Firms

TRACE partners with over 100 law firms around the world, representing more than 150 countries. Each firm provides valuable information and expertise in local anti-bribery laws and regulations for the benefit of TRACE’s multinational members. TRACE carefully selects each partner firm:

  • One law firm per country
  • Law firms with exceptional experience in and knowledge of anti-bribery laws and related compliance matters

TRACE Partner Firms commit to providing TRACE, on a pro bono basis, with information that member companies should consider in their efforts to comply with local and home country anti-bribery laws, such as:

  • Laws and regulations regarding fees to commercial intermediaries
  • Laws restricting type or location of commercial intermediaries
  • Laws and customs with respect to giving gifts and providing hospitality and travel to public officials

TRACE Partner Firms do not join TRACE nor do they become members of the organization. Firms are not required to pay a fee or enter into a written agreement.

TRACE’s web-based, member-only Resource Center lists the biographies and contact information of each Partner Law Firm so that members may contact the firms directly if legal advice is needed.

Law firms with a strong knowledge of local anti-bribery law and expertise in related compliance matters (third-party due diligence, cross-border transactions, internal investigations, corporate governance, etc.) are welcome to contact us to learn more about available partnership opportunities.

Support Partnerships

TRACE engages in strategic partnerships with organizations worldwide that share its mission to promote transparency in international business and to achieve a common standard for anti-bribery compliance and third party due diligence.

For more information or to begin a support partnership, contact us

 

Africa House London

TRACE and Africa House London

Africa House London and TRACE are working together to support bilateral trade between the UK and Africa. AHL, a social enterprise based in London, seeks to add value to new and existing commercial relationships between the UK and Africa by connecting relevant stakeholders to each other and supporting their commercial endeavors. To help raise compliance standards and promote commercial transparency, AHL encourages its members and partners to obtain a TRACE Registered Access Code (TRAC) and/or to complete TRACEcertification. TRAC enables the rapid exchange of compliance information and satisfies international baseline due diligence requirements. TRAC holders are assigned a unique code (TRAC) and have the ability to share their online profile without limit.

TRACEcertification is a comprehensive due diligence review, analysis and approval process establishing that an individual or organization has been thoroughly vetted, trained and certified by TRACE. TRACE Certified entities may share their verified due diligence report with an unlimited number of business partners, reducing the time and cost associated with third party due diligence.  

DA-Desk

TRACE and DA-Desk FZ-LLC

TRACE is working with DA-Desk to assist the agents and suppliers of vessel operating companies in the shipping industry with their anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance efforts. The alliance enables port agents and suppliers registered with DA-Desk to receive preferential pricing for TRACEcertification and promote their commitment to compliance.

TRACEcertification is an internationally accepted due diligence review and approval process that allows certified entities to own their verified compliance information. TRACE Certified companies are “pre-vetted” partners for multinational companies seeking to do business with shipping agents who share their commitment to compliance. As TRACE’s industry partner and as a TRACE Certified entity itself, DA-Desk is well-positioned to advance commercial transparency in the global shipping industry.

About DA-Desk FZ-LLC

DA-Desk was founded in 2001 on the principle that an independent, distinct Disbursement Account service—not owned by port agencies or shipping companies—could provide an objective, automated DA process that would benefit both principals and agents. Today, the privately owned DA-Desk, headquartered in Dubai, UAE, is the world’s largest independent port cost management service provider. The company’s services and tools deliver operational efficiencies, enhanced security and cost savings while mitigating regulatory compliance risks for more than 190 customers across the globe making over 120,000 port calls annually. DA-Desk is dedicated to raising standards in the industry together with its customers. For more information, visit the company’s web site at
www.da-desk.com, call +971 4363 6200 or email sales@da-desk.com.

View the TRACE and DA-Desk Partnership Announcement here.

Ethics and Reputation Society

TRACE and the Ethics and Reputation Society (“TEID”)

The business community in Turkey is demonstrating its commitment to universal principles of business ethics by joining forces with TRACE, the global leader in anti-bribery compliance solutions, and Ethics and Reputation Society (“TEID”), a non-profit business organization in Istanbul. Companies currently conducting business in Turkey, as well as those planning to invest in the market, now have an opportunity to complete TRACEcertification, the internationally accepted due diligence review that vets, trains and certifies companies for transparency. By giving these companies access to TRACEcertification, TRACE and TEID will help make Turkey businesses competitive in the global market as more and more multinationals demand that their business partners and affiliates complete due diligence procedures and operate in a transparent and ethical manner.

About Ethics and Reputation Society (“TEID”)

Since its founding in 2010, TEID serves as a point of reference for private sector companies seeking guidance on ethics, integrity, and transparent business practices. It seeks to demonstrate that reputation and ethical behavior go hand in hand, and that in order to be competitive, a company must adhere to international principles of commercial transparency.

 

Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce (HICC)

TRACE and Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce (HICC)

TRACE is partnering with the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce (HICC) to assist their local and international members with anti-bribery compliance. HICC and its members have made anti-bribery compliance a top priority and through this partnership have access to TRACEcertification, an internationally recognized due diligence review, analysis and approval process administered by TRACE. Together, TRACE and HICC will assist local and international companies as they seek new investment in the U.S. and abroad.

About Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce (HICC)

HICC is a non-profit business organization that supports and facilitates its members’ efforts to expand and promote their global commercial activities. With multiple locations in Houston, Texas, it serves the greater Houston metro area businesses with their local and international commercial needs.

For more information about the HICC, visit www.houstonicc.org.

The International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)

TRACE and The International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)

The International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA), a specialized unit of the Basel Institute on Governance, assists companies and other concerned stakeholders in applying joint efforts to tackle shared bribery and corruption risks that they face. Formalized in 2012, the ICCA builds on the Basel Institute’s decade long track record of support to and research into Collective Action initiatives against corruption. The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent not-for-profit competence centre working around the world with the public and private sectors to counter corruption and other financial crimes and to improve the quality of governance.

For more information about the ICCA, visit www.collective-action.com.

Invest in Africa (IIA)

TRACE and Invest in Africa (IIA)

TRACE and Invest in Africa (IIA) are working together to raise anti-bribery compliance and due diligence standards in Kenya and Ghana. Through this partnership, companies registered on IIA’s African Partner Pool (APP) (an online platform that connects local companies to skills, finance and contracts) also have access to TRACEcertification, an internationally recognized business and compliance credential. TRACEcertification establishes that a supplier in the APP has completed a rigorous due diligence review which is based on internationally accepted standards and includes anti-bribery training for the company and its employees. In Kenya, having TRACEcertification is a prerequisite in order for a supplier to obtain a “gold” or “platinum” status with the APP.

About Invest in Africa (IIA)

Invest in Africa (IIA) is a not-for-profit organisation with the vision to create thriving African economies. Working in partnership with both private and public sector companies, IIA works to provide access to skills, markets and finance to local companies in Ghana and Kenya. Their programs support corporate investors by bringing  transparency and efficiency to local procurement in Africa. Visit www.investinafrica.com.

Lithuania Defence and Security Industry Association

TRACE and Lithuanian Defence and Security Industry Association (LDSIA)

TRACE is pleased to partner with the Lithuanian Defence and Security Industry Association (LDSIA) to bring more transparency to this complex sector. Together, TRACE and LDSIA will raise anti-bribery compliance standards among security and defense companies by offering TRACEcertification, a comprehensive due diligence review that meets international requirements, to members of LDSIA at no cost for one year. Completion of TRACEcertification will allow LDSIA members to serve as pre-vetted business partners for multinational companies seeking to do business with suppliers, agents and consultants who share their commitment to commercial transparency.

About Lithuana Defence and Security Industry Association, “Lietuvos gynybos ir saugumo pramones asociacija”

Formed in February 2014, LDSIA aims to protect and represent the interests of its members, who come from all sectors – engineering and construction, research and development, manufacturers, consultants, technology and innovation, and others. They seek cooperation and collaboration with foreign public, private sector, and non-governmental organizations to enhance understanding and facilitate economic development. Through these activities, they hope to advance and strengthen the operations and innovation of the defense and security industries of Lithuania.

Makati Business Club

TRACE and the Makati Business Club

The Makati Business Club (the “MBC”) and TRACE are collaborating to bring transparent business practices to the Philippines business community. The MBC will have exclusive access to TRACEcertification, a comprehensive due diligence review, analysis and approval process that permits member companies of the MBC to own their compliance reports. In addition to making TRACEcertification available to the Philippines business community, TRACE will help to promote the Integrity Initiative, a multisectoral campaign jointly implemented by the MBC and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) in 2009 which aims to help diminish, if not fully eradicate, corruption in the Philippines and is focused on the development of integrity standards in the business community.

About The Makati Business Club

The Makati Business Club is a private non-stock, non-profit business association organized as a Forum for Constructive Ideas. The main thrust of the MBC is to foster and promote the role of the business sector in national development efforts, both in the planning and the implementation of policies. It is committed to addressing national economic and social issues that affect the development of the Philippines.

Founded in 1981, the MBC is composed of senior business executives representing the largest and most dynamic corporations in the Philippines. It has become the leading private forum for meetings that bring together business, government and community leaders in the country. The MBC carries out its objectives through four main lines of activity: policy advocacy, information services and publishing, investment promotion and corporate citizenship.

View the TRACE and Makati Business Club Partnership Announcement here.

Norwegian Shipowners Association

TRACE and Norwegian Shipowners Association

TRACE and the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) have partnered to offer discounted TRACE due diligence to NSA members. This partnership is part of TRACE’s Shipping and Maritime Initiative, aimed at developing practical and innovative compliance solutions for the shipping industry. The NSA is a trade and employment association for Norwegian companies in the shipping and offshore service industry. NSA focuses on national and international industry policies, employer issues, sustainability, innovation, safety at sea, and many other matters of importance to their members. NSA has 150 member companies who employ 55,000 seafarers and offshore workers from more than 50 different nations.

Pan African Lawyers Union

TRACE and the Pan African Lawyers Union

TRACE engages in partnerships with organizations worldwide that share its mission to promote transparency in international business and to achieve a common standard for anti-bribery compliance and third party due diligence. The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) is a supporting organization of TRACE and encourages its members and subscribers to obtain a TRAC number to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and good governance.

About PALU 

PAKU is a continental membership forum for African lawyers and lawyers’ associations, which reflects the aspirations and concerns of the African people, and promotes shared interest. Their mission is advancing the law and the legal profession, the rule of law, good governance, human and peoples’ rights and socio-economic development of the African continent.

As a supporting organization and regional partner, PALU works with TRACE to help its corporate and individual members increase their awareness of anti-corruption and integrity issues and obtain an internationally recognized compliance credential.

 

RightShip

TRACE and RightShip

TRACE, in partnership with RightShip, is pleased to offer a compliance rating and, where appropriate, a due diligence report designed for vessel owners. The compliance rating of vessel owners will result in greater commercial transparency and reduced risk to charterers, who are expected to conduct due diligence on the vessels they charter, beneficial vessel owners and third parties involved with the vessels. A model that avoids duplicative processes, subjecting vessel owners to a single, rigorous due diligence process, benefits vessel owners, charterers and the larger business community by minimizing costs and preventing delays. The compliance rating is determined by the results of a comprehensive due diligence review on the vessel owner which includes sanctions screening and is administered by TRACE.

Compliance Rating: What It Is and How It Can Benefit Shipowners and Charterers?Download the TRACE – RightShip Compliance Rating flyer.

About RightShip

RightShip was formed to improve dry bulk safety and quality standards and draw on the significant ship vetting expertise of global commodity companies, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. As major charterers and shippers, the founding businesses had developed vetting systems to manage their own marine risk. RightShip combined their expertise and resources to develop a Ship Vetting Information System (SVIS™) as a comprehensive risk management tool, which was in service until 2016. In 2006, international food, agriculture and risk management company Cargill joined as an equal equity partner.

Today, RightShip also provides vetting services and OCIMF SIRE inspections to the petroleum, chemical and gas sectors.

RightShip is focused on helping industry avoid preventable incidents, while reducing the carbon dioxide emissions emitted by the world marine fleet. We do this by condensing information, providing rapid and consistent analysis and advice, monitoring and complying with international standards, and bringing expert support and advice within the reach of even the smallest business.