Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bussiness Fighting Corruption

Although significant tools for the guide "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action" are now available and continuing to evolve, many companies that want to be more proactive in fighting corruption have not known about these tools or had enough practical information to consider them.

This practical Guide explains Collective Action, its benefits, and how to use it. The Guide is intended primarily for use by anyone with responsibility for a major project or market, and who operates in an environment where corruption is, or may be present.  Others who may benefit from this material include senior executives, company board members, government officials, civil society and others directly or indirectly affected by the adverse effects of corruption on business and society.



Chapter 1
This chapter introduces the main objectives and structure of the guide. It outlines application areas and benefits for different user groups and explains how users can apply this guide depending on their specific needs.

Chapter 2
Chapter 2 of the Guide describes the main corruption dilemmas that companies and especially SMEs face in daily business operation. It showcases how working collectively against corruption can increase the impact of individual stakeholder efforts in combating corruption.  Described within this chapter are the main features and application areas of Collective Action as well as explanations as to how Collective Action can become a tool to fight corruption.

Chapter 3
Chapter 3 of the Guide outlines the three levels –internal, external, and collective- at which a company may fight corruption. It explains the main objectives and features of Collective Action initiatives and lists the benefits of Collective Action for different stakeholder groups. It also gives a brief overview of the key principles of corporate compliance regimes and highlights the main features of external communication programs.
Chapter 4
Chapter 4 of the Guide offers decision trees which help to decide whether Collective Action is an appropriate solution for a particular situation. It also describes the key concepts and characteristics of the four different types of collective anti-corruption initiatives, which usually can be found in practice: (i) Anti-corruption Declaration, (ii) Integrity Pact, (iii) Principle-based Initiative and (iv) Certifying Business Coalition.

Chapter 5
Chapter 5 provides an in-depth overview of how to implement each of the four types of Collective Action initiatives to combat corruption, as described in the previous chapter. It offers detailed processes, tools, and references in addition to outlining success factors as well as key characteristics to make those initiatives more effective. It also highlights how anti-trust issues can be avoided.
Chapter 6
Chapter 6 of the Guide offers several case summaries of successful Collective Action initiatives that have been implemented in various countries, sectors, and circumstances. It also summarizes informational resources for country risk assessments and lists potential facilitators.
Additional Resources:
More case summaries