Philippe Montigny

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Born1959 (age 64–65)
Alma mater
  • Heidelberg University
  • Sorbonne University
  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • International expert in anti-corruption
OrganizationETHIC Intelligence

Philippe Montigny is an international expert in the field of anti-corruption born in 1959 (France) and living in Italy.

He founded ETHIC Intelligence in 2001and designed the very first anti-corruption certification process in 2005[1] which paved the way to the Anti-Bribery Management Standard (ISO 37001) published in 2016 and for which Philippe was a co-drafter.


After his studies in Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Heidelberg Universities, Philippe worked at the French National Research Center CNRS) in 1983 and then within the Ministry for Research and Industry[2]. He joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1987[3] and was appointed advisor to the OECD Secretary General, Jean-Claude Paye in 1990 and in 1996 then to the President of OECD Development Center, Jean-Bonvin until 1997.

In 1993, in was on leave from the OECD and worked for the UNHCR[4] as field officer in Banja-Luka (Bosnia) during the war in Yugoslavia[5]. Later on, he served the OECD as a pro-bono Ombusdman (1999-2009), appointed by the Secretary General Donald Johnston and then Angel Gurria. He founded International Development Strategies in 1998 in London which became ETHIC Intelligence in 2001 when the headquarter was transferred to Paris. When ETHIC Intelligence became the leading anti-corruption certification agency, Philippe sold the company to The Red Flag Group (Hong-Kong) in 2018[6] . Acting as external consultant, he now chairs the ETHIC Intelligence Certification and Impartiality Committees.

In 2007, he participated in the creation of the Ethics and Business Law Chair at Paris-Cergy Pontoise Law School where he has been lecturing on “Multijurisdictional Incrimination of Transnational Corruption” until 2019.

Contribution to anti-corruption

As advisor to the OECD Secretary General, Philippe participated to the ministerial negotiations that led to the signing of the OECD Anti-corruption Convention on December 17, 1997. In 1998 and 1999 he advised Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, then Finance Minister of Benin on a national anti-corruption policy[7] .

Philippe founded the Anti-corruption Commission of the French Council of Investors in Africa in 2002, which he chaired until 2019[8]. Within ETHIC Intelligence, he designed (2005) and commercialized the first anti-corruption standard and certification process (2006). Confronted to corruption investigations, large companies improved their anti-corruption process and subsequently some of them requested that ETHIC Intelligence audit and review their anti-corruption program: Siemens, Alstom[9] , EADS[10]

Philippe participated to the Serious Fraud Office consultations regarding the UK Bribery Act guidance (2010) and ultimately anti-corruption certification was recognized – in the last section of the Guidance[11] - as an affirmative defense regarding the failure to prevent corruption offense. He was also associated to the British Standard Institutions consultations that led to the publication (2011) of the BS 10500 Standard: Anti-Bribery Management System which served as working document for the drafting ISO 37001 adopted in 2016.

Philippe has been one of the co-drafter of the ISO 19600:2014 Standard “Compliance Management System”[12] and of the ISO 37001:2016 Standard “Anti-bribery Management System”. He was appointed by ISO as liaison officer between the two standards. Unders his Chairmanship, ETHIC Intelligence became a leader of Anti-corruption certification certifying the first companies according to ISO 37001[13] in 2017 and organizing international training on ISO 19600 and ISO 37001 in Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Since the acquisition of ETHIC Intelligence by the Red Flag Group in 2018, Philippe Montigny, is an independent councilor of its CEO, Scott Lane[14], and chairs the ETHIC Intelligence Certification and Impartially Committees.

Philippe Montigny is a speaker[15] and writer[16] on business ethics[17], and some of his speeches and contribution have been published (2018) in a book Integrity for competitiveness: on the road with compliance officers[18].

In the media



  1. (FR) Philippe Montigny (2006). L’entreprise face à la corruption internationale. Ellipse.
  2. Philippe Montigny with Frieder Meyer Krahmer Evaluation of innovation programmes in selected European countries,Research Policy, 1989.
  3. Philippe Montigny, From Technological advance to Economic Progress, OECD, Observer 170, 1991.
  4. Larry Hollingworth. Happy Christmas, Mr Larry. William Heinemann Ltd, London 1996
  5. ( FR) Philippe Montigny. Quand il fait froid la mort : guerres en Bosnie, Dagorno, Paris, 199
  6. The Red Flag Group, «The Red Flag Group, « The Red Flag Group(R) announces its commitment to building standards in the compliance industry by acquiring the world's leading anti-corruption certification agency, ETHIC Intelligence »  »
  7. (FR) Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané et Philippe Montigny Lutter contre la corruption : un impératif pour le développement du Bénin, avec, Paris, L’Harmattan / Cotonou, Le Flamboyant, 2000.
  8. Philippe Montigny, Resisting to extortion solicitations in tax and custom matters, French Council of Investors in Africa, CIAN, Paris, 2010 (reedited 2020)
  9. Order to dismiss proceedings, Office of the Swiss Attorney General/ALSTOM SA, Bern, 22 November 2011
  10. David Charter, « EADS orders review of corruption rules », The Times,‎ 16 novembre 2012 (ISSN 0140-0460, lire en ligne)
  11. Ministry of Justice, The Bribery Act – Guidance.
  12. Philippe Montigny and al. C.H. Beck ISO 19600 - Compliance Management Systems: A Commentary for Practitioners, LexisNexis, 2016.
  14. The Red Flag Group, « The Red Flag Group acquires ETHIC Intelligence anti-corruption certification agency » [archive], 8 octobre 2018 (consulté le 18 juillet 2019)
  15. CEO Moving Mountains in Anti-Corruption Compliance [1]
  16. One of the Most Important Elements of the Anti-corruption French law is the notion of risk mapping - Leaders League [2]
  17. « Philippe Montigny | Managing Risk Conference » 2017 Archive, sur
  18. Philippe Montigny. Integrity for competitiveness: on the road with compliance officers. ETHIC Intelligence Publishing. 2018

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