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Reply from Chief Executive MSI Global Alliance

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From: James Mendelssohn []
Sent: Monday, 22 November 2010 11:18 p.m.
To: ‘Grace Haden’
Subject: RE: What are the expected ethical standards of you member companies.

Dear Ms Haden

Thank you for your recent e-mail.  I was obviously concerned to read about the matters that you raised.  As a global organisation of professional firms, we take any allegation made against any of our member firms extremely seriously.   Indeed, the whole rationale of our organisation would be undermined if we could not rely on our members.

I have now had the opportunity to consider your e-mail carefully and to read the links provided.  I would like to make two specific comments.

First, I think that it is extremely unfortunate that your blog contains speculative and inaccurate comments, particularly when you say that MSI Global Alliance does not appear to have a Code of Conduct.  We have a document that has that exact title which is available on our website and is in the public domain.  Your comments are therefore incorrect and, by implication, defamatory.  I must ask you to remove or correct those comments on your blog immediately.

Secondly, I understand that you are pursuing a legal case against Peter Spring and Keegan Alexander, and that you have also raised the matter with the appropriate professional bodies.  I believe that this is the correct course of action if you have a grievance, and I would be pleased to learn the final outcome of any such matters.  I strongly believe that where our members are operating in a country with a developed and transparent legal system, it is better to allow due process to be followed in the local jurisdiction, rather than us trying to impose our own ‘judgement’ from afar. Therefore, until these matters are finally resolved, I believe that it is inappropriate for us to second guess the final decision.

I hope you understand our position.

Kind regards

James Mendelssohn

Chief Executive

MSI Global Alliance


my reply

Thank You Mr Mendelssohn

First of all I am not pursuing a  legal case against Peter Spring and Keegan Alexander  and I do not know  where you got that notion from,  I will be reporting the   incident to the law society , which   typically results in no action at all  as New Zealand prefers to  keep its  least corrupt status by condoning  such practices there by not acknowledging them as being corrupt.

As to your code of Conduct:  the only document I found   was one which prescribed the conduct amongst members   as I stated in my blog  I did not find a code of  conduct  “ which embraces ethical values outside their organisation”

Your   Code-Conduct.pdf does not  extend  to  or  include the expected   ethical  values  which are accepted and tolerated  by your associated partners  .

As an Anti corruption campaigner  I look for   the ethical  values to be enshrined in the code of  conduct  and expect these to be upheld and enforced.

I do hope that you can bring this to the attention  to the   directorship of your organisation , You will find  that many of  your members will be in countries where the united nations convention against corruption has been ratified, however New Zealand is not one of those countries  and our tolerance for corruption is somewhat higher than  most of your members would accept , it is therefore important that your own rules  set the standard as you do not wish to have your reputation tarnished by  low ethical standards of others.

Ethics are  like a chain   it is as only as strong as the weakest link .  You have control over that link  you  could cut it loose ,tidy it up  or live  knowing that it will be the link that sees the whole chain collapse.

The choice is  yours  I  have brought it to your attention  and I hope that you will take time to read the comments of Harrison J   those are  the comments of a justice  about Mr  Spring and Keegan Alexander  –    not mine.

If you would be so kind as to point me to a document in which   you set out the expected ethical standards   I will post the link on my blog to accurately reflect your expected standards .

In interest of transparency I will post  both your reply and my response on  my blog .


Grace Haden

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