The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade - CREATe.org - Awards Grants to Fund Projects Focused on Advancing Leading Practices to Address Key Business Risks

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CREATe.org funds projects focused on AI and anti-corruption; using technology to better protect IP in supply chains; forums to advance cybersecurity risk management; and a Trade Secret Legal Risk Assessment Guide

“CREATe.org was founded with the mission of providing leading approaches and practical guidance for companies so that they can improve governance and better manage risks across value chains. We are excited about these outstanding organizations and projects,” said Pamela Passman, CEO of CREATe.org

The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) today announces the award of four grants to fund projects that build upon CREATe.org’s mission of providing practical resources to educate organizations on managing risk and improving governance and compliance.

The grants have been awarded to the following organizations and projects:

  • Coalition for Integrity–Guidance for corporations in developing or acquiring AI for use in their anti-corruption risk and compliance programs;
  • National Bureau of Asian Research–How organizations can apply emerging technologies–AI, data analytics and blockchain–to improve security of supply chains and better protect intellectual property (IP);
  • The Center for Cybersecurity Law and Policy–Creation of a multi-stakeholder forum to advance an international standard on cybersecurity risk management through dialogues and publications;
  • Global Trade Secret Institute (University of Akron)–Development of a Trade Secret Legal Risk Assessment Guide for aligning leading practices for protecting trade secrets with legal risk.

The projects focus on the key areas of risk that CREATe.org has championed since its founding in 2011: anti-corruption; cybersecurity; intellectual property (IP) and trade secret protection; and the ethics and responsibilities of artificial intelligence.

“CREATe.org was founded with the mission of providing leading approaches and practical guidance for companies so that they can improve governance and better manage risks across value chains. We are excited about these outstanding organizations and projects,” stated Pamela Passman, President and CEO of CREATe.org.

Additional Grant Information

Coalition for Integrity
The Coalition for Integrity project involves developing a detailed set of guidance and best practices that companies can use when deciding: (1) whether to develop and deploy artificial intelligence (AI) as an integrated component of their anti-corruption risk and compliance programs; and (2) how to maintain such AI programs in a manner consistent with legal and ethical obligations and regulatory expectations.

“As anti-corruption risks for businesses increase, artificial intelligence has the potential to analyze massive quantities of data to identify potential patterns of corrupt conduct and aid in the prevention, detection, and reduction of corruption. The Coalition for Integrity is delighted to receive the grant from CREATe. org to produce guidance in an area that has largely been unexplored.” – Shruti Shah, President & CEO of the Coalition for Integrity.

National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) will investigate the application of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, and blockchain to improve the security of U.S. corporate supply chains. The research team will develop recommendations for companies across a variety of sectors on currently available technologies and opportunities to invest in new technological solutions to resolve difficult supply chain problems, such as the introduction of counterfeit components, theft of intellectual property (IP), cybersecurity breaches, or engagement with corrupt or sanctioned entities in sub-supplier networks.

“NBR has long recognized that supply chain security is central to protecting IP and reducing the risks of counterfeit components,” said NBR President Roy Kamphausen. “This new project will engage top experts in cybersecurity, AI, and other technologies to employ new approaches to these supply chain challenges and thereby enhance U.S. economic and national security. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this critical set of issues, thanks to the support of CREATe.org.”

The Center for Cybersecurity Law and Policy
Worldwide, governments and industry sectors are actively looking to manage cybersecurity risk through the development and implementation of standards. Often, these standards are put into place without careful consideration of the long-term impact to economic well-being. Multinational companies seeking to align with effective standards themselves, will increasingly struggle to meet multiple mandatory standards in different countries and regions which will have direct economic costs to their customers. This project will create a forum for cybersecurity practitioners, advocacy organizations, governments, and industry to come together around the singular focus of promoting an international standard on cybersecurity risk management that benefits all stakeholders.

“The Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law shares CREATe’s mission of promoting international cybersecurity standards and best practices in a way that can be effectively implemented, measured, and improved by organizations of all shapes and sizes. Through this project, we look forward to engaging government and industry in ways that better manage risk.” – Ari Schwartz, Executive Coordinator, Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law

Global Trade Secret Institute
The Global Trade Secret Institute (GTSI) at the University of Akron School of Law is creating a Trade Secret Legal Risk Assessment guide, which will help businesses align their practices for protecting their trade secrets with the legal risks posed by doing business across borders. GTSI also publishes the Trade Secret Protection Index, a tool that rates the national laws and procedures for protecting trade secrets around the globe. The Legal Risk Assessment guide will help trade secret owners to identify when and where they must be particularly vigilant about protecting their trade secrets. The Guide will give them tools for particularly high-risk environments.

“This is yet another terrific opportunity for the Global Trade Secret Institute and CREATe to collaborate once again. We previously co-produced a guide for the Government of India to train small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in protecting their trade secrets. Our worldwide legal knowledge combined with CREATe's practical expertise is a strong combination, helping trade secret owners to understand their risks while giving them the tools they need to mitigate them.” Mark F. Schultz, Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Program, University of Akron School of Law

To learn more about the grants, visit: http://www.CREATe.org.

The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a mission to promote leading practices in cybersecurity, intellectual property (IP) and trade secret protection, and anti-corruption.

Since 2011, CREATe.org has conducted a range of activities – from publishing reports and whitepapers, working with leading practitioners and experts through Advisory Councils, and contributing insights to a range of publications and events – designed to provide practical resources to educate organizations about the leading approaches to managing risk and improving governance and compliance. For more information, please visit http://www.CREATe.org.

Coalition for Integrity (C4I) is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization that works on reducing corruption and increasing integrity in the public and private sector. Recognizing the important role of the private sector in reducing corruption, C4I acts as a reliable source of information on best practices in anti-corruption compliance. In furtherance of this goal, C4I regularly conducts Corporate Forums where senior compliance personnel share views on emerging anti-corruption issues, benchmark programs and practices with peers, and keep up to date on global enforcement trends. Additionally, the Coalition has produced several publications related to anticorruption compliance such as Verification of Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs, and a guide (with TI-UK) Managing Third Party Risk: Only as Strong as your Weakest Link.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is a non-partisan think tank that conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, technology, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. In 2013, NBR established the IP Commission to examine the scale and scope of the loss of American intellectual property and educate policymakers, the media, businesses, and the public on these issues.

The Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law is a nonprofit (501(c)(6) organization that develops, advances, and promotes best practices and educational opportunities among cybersecurity professionals. The Center provides a forum for thought leadership for the benefit of those in the industry including members of civil society and government entities in the area of cybersecurity and related technology policy. The Center seeks to leverage the experience of leaders in the field to ensure a robust marketplace for cybersecurity technologies that will encourage professionals, companies, and groups of all sizes to take steps to improve their cybersecurity practices.

The Global Trade Secret Institute is a research and educational project of the University of Akron Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. Its mission is to advance the understanding of trade secret laws worldwide by doing research, providing education, and promoting international cooperation to support the development of national laws and global norms that encourage and secure investments in confidential business information.

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