A separate department called the Compliance Office has been created within the Ukrzaliznytsia public railway company. The Compliance Office reports directly to Ukrzaliznytsia’s board, which made the decision to create the office, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia reports.
The Compliance Office will be responsible for identifying, managing, and monitoring risks related to compliance with business practices. With the help of the new department, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to combat corruption and fraud among its employees and contractors. The company will also support efforts to prevent corruption through the introduction of international standards of internal control.
To work on the creation of the Compliance Office, Ukrzaliznytsia invited international expert Carsten Mahnke, who is an advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure. He has more than 20 years of experience as an international lawyer and 14 years of international experience in advising public agencies and institutions on legal issues and creation of institutions for preventing and combating corruption at the highest level. Mahnke has lived and worked in Ukraine for more than two years.
"As a first step, we will conduct a thorough assessment of corruption risks in all units of Ukrzaliznytsia. Based on our research, we will develop rules and regulations that will ensure transparency and reduction of corruption risks," Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov said, commenting on the creation of the new department.
"We should not reinvent the wheel during development and introduction of compliance rules. We are using the regional and global standards established by organizations such as the United Nations, the OECD, the Council of Europe, and others," Mahnke said. According to him, the department also intends to cooperate actively with the public sector.