WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Transparency International-USA (TI-USA), the non-profit, non-partisan organization working to combat corruption and promote transparency in the United States and around the world, today announced that Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is the recipient of the 2016 TI-USA Integrity Award for his unrelenting commitment to fighting corruption and strengthening integrity.
The Bechtel Group, Inc. is receiving the TI-USA Corporate Leadership Award for its commitment to ethical business conduct, highly transparent standards and programs to combat corruption, and corporate citizenship.
“Preet Bharara embraces the responsibility and challenge of fighting corruption, establishing that in the pursuit of justice, no one is above the law. His commitment to securing accountability for corrupt acts that threaten the public interest has been unwavering,” said Claudia Dumas, President and CEO of TI-USA.
Appointed in 2009, Bharara established an early reputation for prosecutions against financial institutions. He has pursued cases against New York State and local elected officials and public servants, irrespective of political party. His office has charged and obtained convictions against officials wielding significant power, as well as lesser known individuals, seeking justice for extortion, quid pro quo corruption, fraud and other malfeasance. A forthright public speaker, Bharara has raised awareness locally, nationally and internationally of the prosecutor’s role in pursuing threats to the public interest.
Alan Larson, Chair of the TI-USA Board of Directors, noted, “Bechtel has made ethics a central pillar of its global business operations. Bechtel’s emphasis on ethical conduct makes clear to those within and outside the company that clean business standards are expected in all aspects of doing business for and with the company.”
Bechtel, a global engineering, construction and project management company, has completed more than 25,000 projects across 160 countries. Bechtel’s Vision, Values & Covenants, which serve as the company’s guiding principles, directly states: “We are uncompromising in our integrity, honesty and fairness.” Bechtel’s innovative ethics and compliance training program prepares employees to recognize, confront and resolve ethics issues using hypothetical scenarios based on actual cases. The company’s ethics helpline offers assistance in more than 200 languages. A member of leading sustainability organizations, Bechtel engages with stakeholders where it works to protect the environment, promote economic development and improve access to health, education, clean water and other basic human needs.
About Transparency International-USA
TI-USA is the U.S. chapter of nearly 100 non-profit, non-partisan Transparency International chapters worldwide working to create a world free of corruption. TI-USA promotes active enforcement of global anti-corruption laws; increased integrity and transparency in U.S. elections and governance; strengthened anti-corruption practices in the private sector; and prevention of corruption in international development. For more information, visit www.transparency-usa.org.