PACS Standard 13 forms part of GIACC’s Project Anti-Corruption System (PACS), which comprises 15 PACS Standards (see links at foot of this webpage).
[NOTE: The webpages on PACS Standards 1 to 15 are being updated between 1st and 30th September 2021, during which time the page content may not be complete, and there may be inconsistencies on these pages.]
Corruption is normally concealed by the participants and it is therefore difficult for the affected organisation or the law enforcement authorities to uncover and deal with it. Reports from persons who witness or suspect suspicious conduct are therefore important in the fight against corruption.
Corruption will only be materially reduced or prevented if individuals are aware that there is a real probability that corrupt activity will be reported, and that it will then be properly investigated and prosecuted. In order for reports of corruption to be made, individuals who wish to make a report need to be confident that they will not be subject to discrimination or physical harm, and that their reports will be properly investigated.
Consequently, safe and effective reporting processes must be established.
In order to reassure personnel of the safety and confidentiality of making reports, many organisations appoint a professional external third party organisation to receive reports from personnel. In addition to receiving reports of suspected corruption, this organisation may also receive reports relating, for example, to employment, health, safety and quality issues. This organisation will be instructed to feed back the reports to the relevant manager within the organisation (e.g. the compliance manager).
For further guidance on features of a reporting system, see Reporting.
PS 13: Reporting
Updated on 18th September 2021