After the introduction of the 10th Principle against corruption in 2004, the Global Compact Office convened a global multi-stakeholder working group to (1) discuss need for businesses to implement the 10th Principle and (2) provide guidance to the Global Compact on its role in this area. The working group’s main goal is to support the alignment of the various anti-corruption initiatives and facilitate cooperation among all actors while avoiding duplication of efforts.
In addition, the working group has developed numerous resources and tools such as the Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle in partnership with Transparency International and the Guidance on Anti-Corruption and Supply Chain. The Working Group has also played an instrumental role in mobilizing companies around the review mechanism of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Members of the working group include experts representing companies, business associations and civil society organizations that are active in the fight against corruption [see list of working group members (pdf)].
The Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption has developed several sub-working groups which take a closer look at key compliance and anti-corruption issues faced by the business community. As of 2012, there are four sub-working groups:
With increased pressure from governments and investors on companies to prevent corruption risks, there is a need for integrated and holistic guidance to aid companies in conducting anti-corruption risk assessments. The Risk Assessment Sub-Working group is developing a comprehensive and integrated guide to be officially launched in December 2012. Click here for more information
In recent years, the role of the private sector as a partner to governments’ effort to tackle corruption has been increasingly recognized. This sub-working group looks into the range of collaborative efforts undertaken by public and private actors to address corruption. Click here for more information
Sporting events have become popular platforms for companies to enhance their visibility and to connect with fans. Sport sponsorship can help companies enter new markets, shape branding and corporate image, and establish emotional connections to their products and services. If utilized in a socially responsible way, sport has the potential to be a powerful tool to support peace, human dignity and a culture of ethics and fair-play. This sub-working group looks at how to enhance transparency in sporting sponsorship and is currently working on developing comprehensive and internationally acknowledged guidelines to this objective.
Given the importance of this issue, the Working Group has developed a practical guide for companies of all sizes on how to approach sport sponsorship and sport-related hospitality in a transparent and ethical manner, in order to address associated risks of corruption in these areas. While the Guide is primarily aimed at companies’, sport entities should also recognize the mutually-beneficial advantages of fighting corruption.
The Guide is open for public consultation until 31 August 2013 and will be launched on Anti-Corruption Day (9 December 2013). Please send your comments on the draft Guide using the provided feedback template to Ms. Moramay Navarro at navarroperez @ un.org.
In the last few decades, robust compliance measures have been integrated into major oil and gas companies’ operations, and efforts continue to be undertaken to improve day-to-day compliance. Yet, there is a need to better understand how companies in the oil and gas sector enact anti-corruption measures. This sectoral sub-working group explores ways to better understand the existing compliance practices of oil and gas companies and promotes common anti-corruption compliance standards in the oil and gas sector. Click here for more information
Two additional sub-working groups, on water and corruption and investment and corruption, are in development.
Ms. Olajobi Makinwa
Head, Transparency & Anti-Corruption Initiatives
UN Global Compact
makinwa (at) un.org
+ 1 917 367 2283