Anti-corruption programme for

business associations and professional institutions

This section recommends actions which could be taken by business associations and professional institutions to help prevent corruption.

As explained in What is corruption, GIACC uses the term "corruption" in the wider sense to include bribery, extortion, fraud, deception, collusion, cartels, abuse of power, embezzlement, trading in influence and money laundering.  Consequently, the discussion in this section applies to all such criminal activity.

Business associations and professional institutions can play an important role in reducing corruption in the infrastructure sector.


Anti-corruption actions

The following actions are recommended to be taken by business associations and professional institutions:

  1. Publicly speak out against corruption.
  2. Increase awareness of corruption and its consequences, and how it can be prevented, through training for its members.
  3. Work in conjunction with other domestic and international business associations and professional institutions, private sector companies, and civil society organisations, in both the developed and developing world, so as to develop a co-ordinated approach to anti-corruption issues.  (See Anti-Corruption Forums.)
  4. Work with government bodies to ensure that national and international efforts to curb corruption are well-founded, consistent and effective. 
  5. Business associations: Encourage members to adopt and adhere to an appropriate anti-corruption programme.  (See Anti-corruption programme for companies)
  6. Professional institutions: Maintain and enforce an effective code of conduct which commits members to a strict anti-corruption policy. The code should provide a disciplinary mechanism under which members who breach the code are sanctioned. (See anti-corruption rules for issues which could be covered by the code.)

(Source: The UK Anti-Corruption Forum Anti-Corruption Action Statement)


Professional Institutions and Business Associations: Anti-corruption Implementation Strategy

GIACC has published an Anti-corruption Implementation Strategy to assist professional institutions and business associations ("institution") develop and promote an effective anti-corruption strategy in their home region or country.  Under this plan, the institution will promote anti-corruption training and the implementation of anti-corruption measures by all key stakeholders in the infrastructure sector in the institution’s home countryGIACC will provide, free of charge, training materials, recommended anti-corruption management programmes and other reasonable advice and support to the institution.  For further information see Anti-Corruption Implementation Strategy


Other Resources

If your business association or professional institution has published guidance and/or a code which is relevant to the above recommendations, and if you are willing to provide a link to your web-site for the benefit of other associations or institutions, please send details to GIACC for listing on this page.

UK Anti-Corruption Forum has published an Anti-Corruption Action Statement recommending anti-corruption actions for business associations and professional institutions, companies, project owners, funders and governments. 

World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) has published an Anti-Corruption Action Statement recommending anti-corruption actions for professional engineers, professional engineering institutions, governments, project owners, project funders, and companies.  This has been published in two language versions:

Most recent update on 2nd February 2013

Page first published on 1st May 2008

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