Professional institutions help to ensure the integrity of their professions and can have a material impact in the fight against corruption.
This Section of the GIACC Resource Centre contains resources which can assist a professional institution:
Section A below contains a recommended anti-corruption programme for professional institutions.
Section B below recommends resources which professional institutions can use to support them in their anti-corruption programme design and implementation.
Section C below explains GIACC’s alliance arrangements, under which GIACC forms alliances with professional institutions so as to support them in implementation of their anti-corruption programme.
The professional institution should ensure that its anti-corruption programme complies with any applicable requirements specified by law.
GIACC uses the term “corruption” in this programme 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.
Such collaboration could take place, for example, through conferences, workshops, meetings, and oral, written and on-line communication.
The following are some recommended resources which professional institutions can use to support them in their anti-corruption programme design and implementation.
For a sample anti-corruption code of conduct, see Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct for Professional Institutions. An institution can adopt this sample code (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.
For anti-corruption measures for government and public and private sector organisations, see the following:
For anti-corruption training, see:
If the institution does not have its own training module for its members and employees, it could require them to take GIACC’s Online Anti-Corruption Training (either the Short Module or Comprehensive Module as appropriate) and provide to the institution a copy of the Certificate of Completion as proof.
The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) has published an Anti-Corruption Action Statement which recommends anti-corruption actions for professional engineers, professional engineering institutions, governments, project owners, project funders, and companies. This has been published in two language versions:
The institution could initiate or participate in an anti-corruption forum, which is an informal collaboration between professional institutions, business associations, contractors, consultants, suppliers, and civil society organisations (and possibly government), so as to develop a co-ordinated approach to anti-corruption issues. (See Anti-Corruption Forums).
GIACC has formed anti-corruption alliances with two international organisations, three regional organisations, and 18 national organisations in 15 countries (See GIACC Alliances).
Under these alliances, GIACC and the listed organisations agree as follows:
These alliances are informal. No new organisation will be formed, and there will be no resulting legal or contractual obligations. They are alliances to achieve a common objective for the public good.
Under an alliance, GIACC can provide, free of charge, reasonable advice and support to a professional institution in implementing its anti-corruption programme.
For further information, or if your professional institution is interested in forming an alliance, contact GIACC.
Updated on 1st May 2023