Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee President Brian Lewis urged the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to change its culture at the organisation's first Continental Forum here.
Lewis was invited to the Forum to advise National Federations and Confederations on how to facilitate the renovation of Olympic boxing in line with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
AIBA have been suspended by the IOC since last June due to a multitude of issues, including judging scandals, debt and an uncertain leadership.
Lewis revealed to insidethegames that he urged AIBA to change its culture in order to move towards Olympic reinstatement.
"I think that the challenge to Olympic boxing and AIBA is will they be willing to embrace the need to change the culture," he said.
"From my perspective, I think that the culture has to change.
"All the measures they are putting in place need to be bigger than just the mechanics of governance and policy, because it is culture that determines the behaviour of an organisation.
"It is a thing that develops over time, but they need to build the culture of being able to speak the truth in difficult situations."
Lewis went on to explain the steps AIBA could take to begin the change in culture.
"They all need to take on the responsibility of how AIBA has reached this point," he said.
"I also told them that they need to have an honest self evaluation.
"It’s not about what you say, but what you do speaks so loud - actions speak louder than words.
"It is AIBA’s future at stake and the future of Olympic boxing.
"And without boxing, the Olympic Games will be lesser."
The Forum here, attended by 38 National Federations from the Americas, is the first to take place, with future meetings in Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania scheduled for the coming months.
They are intended to create fruitful dialogue between AIBA, Confederations and National Federations.
AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane was in attendance, presenting the organisation's Reform Commission progress report and speaking about the future of the world governing body.
AIBA Marketing Commission chair Umar Kremlev also gave a progress report.