Call-to-Action from Business to Governments on the 20th Anniversary of UNCAC

The Call-to-Actionon the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), is put forth as an appeal by companies to governments to intensify efforts to tackle corruption affecting the business communities around the world, and to join forces in this endeavor. The Call-to-Action urges governments to underscore anti-corruption and good governance as fundamental pillars of a sustainable and inclusive global economy and embrace them as important tenets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Concretely, this Call-to-Action signed by companies across the world, will be submitted at the opening of the tenth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP10) to serve as basis for governments discussions anddecisions on this matter.

Why were companies called upon to sign the Call to Action?

Business leaders around the world are invited to sign the Call-to-Action, amongst others, to: 

  • Demonstrate ethical leadership and commitment to sustainability, transformational governance, business integrity and the fight against corruption.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in attracting sustainability-minded investors, employees, partners and consumers who value business integrity.
  • Contribute to level a playing field that translates into greater certainty for long term investment, fair competition, and thus better quality of products and services.
  • Amplify the voice of the private sector toward the adoption and effective implementation of anti-corruption resolutions, policies and legal frameworks.

Tackling corruption requires a Collective Action approach. By signing this Call-to-Action, companies not only encourage governments to strengthen efforts, but they also show their willingness to join forces and inspire other companies to follow their lead.

What is the business-led appeal to governments in the Call-to-Action? 

The Call-to-Action will be developed during the session “Uniting Leaders for Business Integrity” at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, on 19 September 2023, in New York, US. Once agreed upon, the Call-to-Action appeals will be published here.

How can companies support the Call-to-Action?

  1. Writing a letter stating the company’s support of the Call-to-Action. 
  2. Including the signature of a C-suite executive or board member responsible for corporate governance. 

  3. Send signed letter to:

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