Constitution of The Luxembourg Institute for Global Financial Integrity

The Luxembourg Institute for Global Financial Integrity announced its constitution […]

May 13, 2009

The Luxembourg Institute for Global Financial Integrity announced its constitution today. Founded by private citizens from Europe and The United States, under the auspices of Jacques Santer, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the European Commission, the institute is a nonprofit organization, that addresses the integrity of the global financial sector and the social responsibility practiced by all of its stakeholders.

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According to Mr. Santer, “We recognized that the global financial sector is in need of stronger ethical practices and standards based on the principles of integrity: transparency, fairness, responsibility and accountability”.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, has given his personal endorsement and support to the institute in recognition of the need for a private, independent and impartial body that will group corporate, academic and non-governmental organizations, in Luxembourg and abroad who are engaged in the global financial sector, together to solve the challenges faced by the global financial sector pertaining to crime, such as fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering, and to the funding of criminal activity and terrorism.

The institute announced that in one of its first projects, Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will advise and contribute to the institute in developing a financial sector ethics model that will serve as a reference framework and benchmark in the development of the ethical code of conduct of the global financial sector and the work that will later be carried out by the Institute.

As a newly created nonprofit organization, The Luxembourg Institute for Global Financial Integrity, is now enrolling members who will be active in all aspects of the institute. Banks, institutions and service providers in the global financial markets are being invited to join the institute. Research Fellows and Visiting Research Fellows are being sought out and brought on board. Collaboration is being established with universities, think-tanks and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in social responsibility and transparency within the global financial sector.

The institute will initiate its first open dialogue within the global financial sector and with public and private institutions by organizing a Conference on “Ethics, bank secrecy and fiscal paradise” in Luxembourg on the 10th and 11th of December, 2009.

For more information please contact Gilbert McNeill, President of the Executive Committee & Executive Director, ( or refer to the institute’s website at

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