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New Publication Highlights Anti-Corruption Efforts by African Business

(Pretoria/South Africa, 21 January 2008) - The Global Compact Regional Learning Forum for sub-Saharan Africa, based in Pretoria, has published the latest addition to the Global Compact Case Studies Series.

"Business Fighting Corruption- Experiences from Africa" is a collection of case studies showcasing how organizations and businesses active in Africa are addressing the challenge of corruption. The cases are based on the experiences of the Ethics Institute South Africa in collaborating with these organizations towards the establishment of an ethical organizational culture. In addition, two country case studies describe how government, civil society and the private sector in Malawi and South Africa have been working hand in hand in their efforts to fight corruption.

The book further features three short articles presenting existing concepts and frameworks with regard to corruption, with a special focus on Africa. The articles discuss the relevance of the United Nations Convention against Corruption for African nations and its implications for business action against corruption; outline the challenges and possibilities in measuring and monitoring corruption; and establish some “golden rules” to organisational approaches in fighting corruption.

Overall, the publication is intended to assist managers in fighting corruption and increasing transparency. To this end, it provides ample evidence that individuals can contribute to the establishment of value-driven organisational cultures and that their collective action can help advance more transparent and ethical societies.

Funding for the book was provided by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), with further support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH.

Contact

Ms. Olajobi Makinwa
Issue Manager, Transparency and Anti-Corruption
UN Global Compact
makinwa@un.org
+ 1 917 367 2283