It is good practice for a professional institution to have in place an anti-corruption code of conduct with which its members and employees must comply as a condition of membership or employment.
The anti-corruption code of conduct may be a stand-alone document, or it may be included in a wider code which also covers other professional requirements applicable to the institution’s members and employees, such as in relation to quality, health and safety, environmental protection, discrimination, and human rights.
The anti-corruption code of conduct should:
An institution should also have in place procedures which enable breaches of the anti-corruption code of conduct to be reported, investigated and disciplined. See Anti-Corruption Programme for Professional Institutions.
See sample Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct for Professional Institutions below. An institution can adopt the sample code below (amended as appropriate) as its code of conduct. Alternatively, an institution can compare the anti-corruption provisions in its existing code of conduct with the provisions recommended in the sample code, and can adapt its code of conduct as appropriate.
GIACC uses the term “corruption” in this sample code of conduct to include bribery, extortion, fraud, cartels, abuse of power, embezzlement, and money laundering. These are criminal offences in most jurisdictions. See What is Corruption for further explanation of these offences.
All members and employees of [name of institution] must at all times comply with the following principles when carrying out their professional or employment functions:
The above principles apply to any actions taken by you either directly or through or on behalf of any other person or organisation.
Updated on 7th September 2022