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Collective Action Project in India

Launched in January 2011, the India based Anti-Corruption Collective Action Project (CAP) aims to develop a collective action platform that facilitates ongoing dialogue between the private and public sector regarding the best ways to implement the 10th Principle against corruption in the local context. The project is supported by the Siemens Integrity Initiative Funds.

The CAP aims to:

  • Address the economic implications of corruption and environmental sustainability with a special emphasis on business practices vis-à-vis water management and climate change.
  • Explore how leading companies tackle ethical dilemmas concerning environmental sustainability.
  • Raise awareness among business executives, government officials and the general public about the value of collective action and corporate sustainability in fighting corruption.

The collective action platform will provide a road map to increase awareness of anti-corruption strategies among key stakeholders in India including the government, business, international development agencies and think-tanks.

Anti-Corruption Sub Committee

The Collective Action Project receives valuable guidelines from the Global Compact Network India’s Anti Corruption Sub Committee consisting of key stakeholders engaged in anti-corrupt and corporate sustainability matters.

Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee Members include:

  • Mr. P. Venkatarama Shastry – AntiCorruption and Crime Prevention Expert, UNODC
  • Mr. Neville Gandhi – Regional Compliance Officer, Siemens
  • K. Subramaniam – Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
  • Ms. Anupama Jha-   Executive Director, Transparency International India
  • Mr. S. B. Sarkar – General Manager (Vigilance), GAIL (India) Limited
  • Mr. Sundeep Kumar - Director (Corporate Affairs), Novartis India Limited

Activities and Events

Activities

  • Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis – Key stakeholders were identified for the Collective Action Project (CAP). Stakeholders will provide CAP with insight into how companies and corporations facilitate sharing of best practices and challenges with regards to anti-corruption.
  • Sectoral Mapping of GCN India Members – The Network has approximately 100 members from both the public and the private sector. GCN India members were mapped by sector to better understand collectively their industry representation and expertise.
  • Risk Assessment – A two-step corruption risk assessment was conducted (first broad, then a sector specific). Subsequently a policy paper was prepared to identify the existing corruption and environmental sustainability risks found in various sectors.

Events

  • Anti-Corruption Sub Committee Meeting (16 June 2011)
    An Anti-Corruption Sub Committee was convened to deliberate upon the CAP. In this meeting the 8 month work plan for the CAP was shared with Sub Committee members. A new Convener was chosen to preside over future committee meetings. The Terms of Reference for the Anti-Corruption Subcommittee was also finalized.
  • Collective Action Project Meeting (28 July 2011)
    A presentation on the Collective Action Project was given to the members of the Global Compact Network India in the monthly meeting of GCN. In this meeting the scope and the expected outcomes of the project were comprehensively discussed with members.
  • Strategic Group Think Session (29 July 2011)
    A Strategic Group Think Session was organized with select Anti-Corruption Subcommittee members and some of the key civil society stakeholders. To maintain the objectiveness of the exercise, an external facilitator was invited for the session. The Session served as a platform for the mutual sharing of ideas and opinions regarding the CAP project and deliberations on future course of action.

Contact

A three member project team has been constituted to implement the Collective Action Project in India. For more information please contact the project team:

Shabnam Siddiqui
Project Director                         
shabnam.gcn@gmail.com

Chitra Nair                         
Research Associate            
chitra.gcn@gmail.com

Pragya Khanna
Research Associate
pragyakhanna.gcn@gmail.com

(Last updated: 1 September 2011)