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Collective Action

Promoting Collective Action through UN Global Compact Local Networks 

In December 2010, the Global Compact launched Global Compact Anti-Corruption Project in Five Countries. Through this project Global Compact Local Networks in Brazil, Egypt, India, Nigeria, and South Africa will implement in partnership with the Global Compact Office high-impact collective-action platforms on anti-corruption. By facilitating ongoing dialogue between the private and public sector, this project will offer an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to explore how collective action can create incentives for ethical business performance, and to discuss areas for further improvement.

The project also seeks to scale up existing anti-corruption efforts in the target countries, and provide business participants and other stakeholders with knowledge, skills, strategies and resources to promote ethical practices and transparency in business operations, within each country, as well as in international cross-sectoral relations.

Finally, the project will emphasize the role of local actors in each of the target countries, engaging and building capacity of local stakeholders who are faced with corruption in their routine transactions and business relationships. Project partners are the Ethos Institute (Brazil); the Egyptian Junior Business Association; the Global Compact Society India; the Nigerian Economic Summit Group; and the National Business Initiative (South Africa). 

Brazil, Clean Olympics and World Cup (Sectoral Pact)

In partnership with the Ethos Institute, the Global Compact will develop a platform where businesses will reaffirm their commitments to anti-corruption and transparency. Brazilian businesses will work together to convene two important international sporting events, with a goal of eliminating serious allegations of corruption. The project’s overall objective is to promote more transparency and integrity in infrastructure investment for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. While the project will involve all Global Compact participants in Brazil, it will be particularly relevant to the following business sectors: energy, construction, healthcare, and transportation. Read more.

Egypt, Building Trust through Public-Private Dialogue on Anti-Corruption (Long-Term Collective Action Platform)

In partnership with Egyptian Junior Business Association, the sub-project will aim to provide a public-private dialogue platform where participants will discuss how corporations can modernize governance structures and operations and engage in regional and international partnerships in the areas of corporate governance and anti-corruption.  

India, Business Case for the Public-Private Dialogue (Long-term Collective Action Platform)

Anti-Corruption and Green Economy (Integrity Pact or Long-Term Collective Action Platform):  Together with Global Compact Society India, the project will aim to address specific corruption-related challenges in the area of environmental sustainability (i.e. water management and climate change). This sub-project will help participants to better articulate links between the anti-corruption agenda and environmental sustainability. The Collective Action process will focus on the economic implications of corruption and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the potential losses and opportunities to further substantiate the ways that responsible, ethical business is both morally right and financially rewarding. Read more.   

Nigeria, Building Trust through Public-Private Dialogue on Anti-Corruption (Sectoral Pact)

The Global Compact, together with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), will convene leaders from private and public sector agencies, as well as business leaders, to establish an unprecedented forum. The Anti-Corruption Collective Action sub-project in Nigeria will aim to provide all participants with a deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities, providing the foundation for a successful long-term collective initiative to bring about genuine change to established a local culture of immunity over corruption.

South Africa, Building Long-Term Collective Action Initiative through Public-Private Dialogue on Anti-Corruption (Sectoral Pact)

The Global Compact, together with the National Business Initiative (NBI), will aim to establish platforms for ongoing dialogue between the private and public sector on anti-corruption. By doing so, this project seeks to build confidence and trust, essential elements of long-term institutional change, among businesses, government officials, and civil society representatives.  

Acknowledgement

The Global Compact Anti-Corruption Project in Five Countries is made possible through the contributions from the Foundation for the Global Compact, which received a multi-year funding from the Siemens Integrity Initiative to support the UN Global Compact Office’s efforts to advance collective action in emerging markets. For more information on Siemens Integrity Initiative, click here.

Contact

Ms. Olajobi Makinwa
Head, Transparency & Anti-Corruption Initiatives
UN Global Compact
makinwa@un.org
+ 1 917 367 2283

Ms. Donna Chung
UN Global Compact
chungd@un.org
 

(Last updated: 9 September 2011)