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Compliance - Digital tools and personal support

Lantero simplifies work regarding regulations and laws. Through clear and efficient digital tools, it becomes easy to work professionally with complex issues. Additionally, you gain access to personal support or advice from specialist when it is truly needed.

Lantero has been working with whistleblower services since 2014 and are now expanding our offering to include digital tools and suport regarding a range of reports and regulations.

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June 11, 2024

Newsletter early summer 2024

In connection with the requirement for a whistleblowing channel for smaller companies in Sweden that came into effect at the end of 2023, we at Lantero experienced an intense period. We have welcomed many new companies and organizations as clients. Some of you are in close contact with us regarding cases or other advisory services, while we have much more sparse interaction with others. We are always available if you need assistance. We are now working on new services, primarily related to regulations, reporting, and case management processes. A particular focus is the fight against welfare crime and fraud, an area undergoing significant development, especially in the public sector. For many municipalities and authorities, welfare crime is a special focus as costs have recently increased rapidly, and the area has been identified as possibly the primary source of funding for organized crime. We have long had close cooperation with many municipalities in related areas and are collaborating particularly closely in this project with a handful of municipalities that are at the forefront of the fight against welfare crime. Together, we are developing effective tools for the overall effort and, from a national perspective, for sharing best practices in this area. If you are interested in participating in the development work in future phases, please feel free to contact us. The whistleblowing service is also being further developed based on our customer interactions. We are adding functionality and making the tool easier to use. For instance, we have established new possibilities to easily revert a case in the case management process. As part of Lantero's maintenance work, we will be performing a server migration on June 12th between 13:00 and 16:00 CET. During this time, the system will be unavailable for login, and whistleblowers will not be able to submit a report via the web form. We have chosen to carry out the upgrade during the time of day when new whistleblower cases are normally not reported in the system. We thank you in advance for your patience!
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June 11, 2024

Service interruption 12 June, 13-16 CET

Lantero will perform a server migration on June 12th between 13:00 and 16:00. This will result in a service interruption during which the service will not be available. We have chosen to schedule the interruption during the day because we prioritize availability for whistleblowers and know from experience that more cases are reported outside of office hours. We constantly strive to maintain the best, safest, and most stable service possible and appreciate your patience with this temporary service disruption. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or feedback!
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March 28, 2024

Increased Corruption and Possible Measures

In an article in the newspaper Tidningen Näringslivet, Olle Lundin, a professor of administrative law and an expert on corruption, describes how corruption in Swedish municipalities and authorities is worsening. Given Sweden's historical position as one of the world's least corrupt countries, the development is very disappointing. The trend was confirmed, among other things, in connection with Transparency International's latest index on perceived corruption, where Sweden recorded its worst ranking since the measurement began in 1995. Additionally, it's one of the five EU countries with the worst performance in the index. In the news reporting, we see plenty of examples of clear violations and often a dubious attitude towards improper benefits or gifts. However, it is difficult to draw far-reaching conclusions from individual cases. Corruption is generally difficult to measure, but the trend in perceived corruption must be considered as clear evidence of actual underlying corruption. Olle Lundin argues that the reasonable reaction to a request for a bribe should be to call the police, but his conclusion based on recent legal cases is that reality is far from that. Swedish Industry recently published a report highlighting several deficiencies in public procurement. Together with the company Tendium, they have identified patterns such as a troublingly high percentage of recurring procurement winners. A whopping 65.2 percent of all procurements turned out to have recurring or partially recurring winners. The report author, Ellen Hausel Heldahl, describes that the figure indicates that authorities satisfied with an existing supplier in some cases may be influenced by the inconvenience of changing suppliers, but it could also be a more direct issue of competition being sidelined or reflecting some form of corruption, often friendship corruption. She states that Swedish Industry's surveys suggest that procurements are often perceived as targeted towards a specific supplier in advance and that in such cases, it may be decided even before any bids are submitted. Olle Lundin is not surprised by the picture painted, but shares the view of a high percentage of pre-determined procurements. He describes a trend where procurements are very specific and can hardly be fulfilled by anyone other than the local supplier. Both Lundin and Hausel Heldahl see increased transparency as an obvious part of the solution and a prerequisite for scrutinizing transactions or accessing obstruction from officials. Lundin would like to see the Parliamentary Ombudsman sanctioning authorities more often for deficiencies regarding the principle of public access to information. From Swedish Industry, several proposals have been presented to address deficiencies in, among other things, procurement. Among the proposals are: 1. Higher requirements for direct procurements: Introduce provisions for reprisals against procuring organizations that do not follow guidelines for direct procurement according to the Public Procurement Act 19 a chapter 15 §. 2. Increase transparency: Instruct the Procurement Agency to annually collect and publish the procurement values from all procuring organizations, including direct procurements. 3. Requirements for procurement analyses: Task the National Financial Management Authority with analyzing the conditions for mandatory use of spend analysis/procurement analysis in the financial systems of authorities and publicly owned companies with a purchasing volume of more than 150 million SEK. 4. Make e-commerce mandatory: Develop a legislative proposal for the introduction of an e-commerce law for all procuring organizations, including publicly owned companies. 5. Strengthen the rules on conflicts of interest: Develop a legislative proposal for the implementation of the provisions on conflicts of interest in the Swedish procurement laws. 6. Clarify volume rules: Reintroduce the aggregation rule that previously existed in the Public Procurement Act, the Procurement Act for the Defence and Security Sector, and the Procurement Act for the Utilities Sector, regarding "goods and services of the same kind during one fiscal year." 7. Review the direct procurement thresholds: Instruct the Competition Authority to analyze the effects of the raised direct procurement thresholds. The analysis should include the impact on efficient financial management, competition, and risks of corruption. 8. Strengthen municipal auditing: Appoint a commission to propose a strengthened municipal audit, with the aim of abolishing the current system of lay auditors appointed by the municipal council and instead design a system based on the Companies Act as a model. The commission should also propose a clearer budget process and stricter accounting requirements for municipalities. 9. Enact legislation on preclusion in public procurement: There is a need for legislative changes that clarify the requirement for damages and issues of preclusion in Swedish law. The current status where companies that feel that the procurements favor a specific supplier do not have an opportunity to have it tried in court.
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Simplicity

Simplicity is the guiding principle in all of Lantero's solutions. The regulations and requirements we work with are often complex, which makes it especially important that processes, forms and templates are clear and understandable.

The functionality is tailored to the customer's needs, to create a purposeful solution without unnecessary complexity.

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Personal commitment

Lantero's philosophy is that complex regulations should be managed with a combination of simple digital tools and personal support when needed.

We are here to support everything from questions about the specific regulation to questions about the process or practices in a certain area.

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Network of experts

We know from experience that expertise from specialist often is necessary. Therefore, to provide comprehensive support, Lantero offers a network of lawyers and other experts.

We ensure that the customer receives the right advisors based on current needs and that the assignment is clearly defined to create predictability in delivery and cost.

What do our customer think?

Lantero are always easy to get hold of when you have questions about a case and I like that we can always get support.

Gabriella Demirci

Coordinator of the whistleblower function, Botkyrka municipality
We are very happy with the service that Lantero has given us from the very beginning, all the way from support regarding the whistleblowing process to detailed questions regarding individual cases. Lantero are always available and respond quickly, relevantly, and educationally, even at non-working hours, with great customer-focused commitment. It makes it both safe and convenient for us to have this support from Lantero.

Jakob Söderbaum

Data Protection Officer, Huddinge municipality
Lantero's whole approach feels serious and well thought out, it suits us.

Monika Sundesson

Head of HR, Barncancerfonden
Even before the new law, we were looking for different possibilities of integrating whistleblowing into our code of conduct. We found Lantero to be simple, clear and it was especially good with an independent party that was not connected to other governance functions or collaborators within the company. Everything has worked smoothly, and the tool is simple to handle if cases come.

Josefin Sollander

Chief Communications Officer, Soltech Energy Sweden AB
I appreciate Lantero's care and pragmatism.

Niklas Nordh

General Counsel, Cabonline
Lantero's service is the most thorough in the industry with consistently high quality at all levels. It was also very easy to implement the process. We work with recruitment and consultants in finance, such as CFOs, controllers, and accounting economists, and the trust that an independent whistleblowing channel creates becomes an advantage in the relationship with customers as well as candidates.

Peter Bergmark

VD, Vindex AB

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