Anti-Corruption Programme for Professional Institutions and Business Associations

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

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

Professional institutions and business associations and  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, contractors, consultants and suppliers, 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 Organisations)
  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 Code of Conduct).

Anti-Corruption Implementation Plan

GIACC has published an Anti-Corruption Implementation Plan to assist business associations and professional institutions (“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 region or country.  GIACC will provide, free of charge, training materials, recommended anti-corruption management programmes and other reasonable advice and support to the institution. 

Anti-Corruption Action Statement

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:

Updated on 14th July 2020