Hans Nieuwlands

Chief Executive Officer

IIA Netherlands

Hans Nieuwlands RA CIA CGAP CCSA has more than 20 years of internal audit experience leading internal audit functions for several industries including the financial sector, utilities and retail. Hans is an active volunteer for The Institute of Internal Auditors, working for the Board of Trustees of the Internal Audit Foundation and the Committee of Research and Educational Advisors. He has been President of IIA Benelux, IIA Netherlands and the European Confederation of Internal Auditors (ECIIA).

Hans is also member of the editorial advisory board of Internal Auditor and of the advisory council of Global Perspectives and Insights. In 2007 Hans received the prestigious Victor Z. Brink award for distinguished services for global Institutes of Internal Auditors. Since 2008 Hans is the CEO of IIA Netherlands.

Hans is the author of the books Auditing Anti-bribery Programs and Sustainability and Internal Audit. He is a recognized speaker on various topics including Combating Corruption, Sustainability and Quality Assurance at The IIA’s international conferences in Amsterdam, Vancouver and Dubai. He also speaks at regional and national conferences all over the world from Canada to Australia.


Thursday, 20th - 12:20 a.m. to 13:00 p.m.

Concurrent session 7.1 - Understanding and auditing anti-bribery/corruption programs

Session objectives:

Participants will learn:

• The importance of combating bribery

• Initiatives from leading global organizations

• Impacts of national laws on global operations

• The elements of a structured anti-bribery program

• How to audit anti-bribery measures

Session summary:

This presentation introduces the concepts of bribery and corruption and the need to stop it. It includes best practice examples on important elements of an anti-bribery program from leading multinational companies. Global companies have legal and ethical obligations to conduct their business honestly. Cutting edge Internal Audit Function are well positioned to evaluate the design, implementation, and effectiveness of the organization’s anti-bribery program


Within the last decade, the world has changed considerably when it comes to combating bribery. Stricter legislation, often with an international impact, increasing enforcement, criminal convictions resulting in fines up to almost $1 billion, and imprisonment of the culprits up to 15 years, have been sending shock waves through the business community.


Anti-bribery programs that are fully implemented and continuously monitored can be a powerful way to protect an organization against the risk of bribery and corruption. Internal auditors should have a good understanding of huge reputation and financial risks related to non-compliance with relevant laws and regulations, such as the U.S. FCPA and the British U.K. Bribery Act 2010.  

The presentation will be focused on the most important elements of anti-bribery programs and how to audit these.



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