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Global Compact Marks International Anti-Corruption Day

(New York, 9 December 2008) – Celebrating the International Anti-Corruption Day, the UN Global Compact reminds participating companies around the world of their commitment to the advancement and implementation of the tenth Global Compact principle which states that “businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery”. Today marking the opening of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) for signature, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in October 2003 and entered into force in December 2005.

"Corruption has no conscience. By placing a price on a child’s education, a doctor’s time or a judge’s verdict, corruption steals futures, takes lives and fuels impunity”, said Global Compact Board Member Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International. “ Fundamental economic and social rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are neither a commodity nor a privilege, but a necessity for human beings to live in dignity. By embracing the UN Global Compact’s tenth principle, to work against corruption in all its forms, business can help ensure the Declaration becomes a reality for everyone".

“The causes for and consequences of corruption and human rights abuses are closely linked”, said Graham Baxter, Director Responsible Business Solutions, International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF). “Very often both occur when governance systems are weak and accountability is not guaranteed. The human consequence caused by diversion of money from basic services such as health, infrastructure and education is enormous often leading to civil unrest caused by unequal distribution of resources – all of which is bad for business. Business together with governments and all responsible stakeholders can and should play a part in countering corruption and respecting human rights which will help to strengthen governance systems and lead to more accountability and transparency when doing business”.

Click here to access UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message on International Anti-Corruption Day.

Click here for more information on the UN Global Compact’s anti-corruption work.

Click here to access the anti-corruption pages of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Contact

Olajobi Makinwa
Senior Issue Manager
UN Global Compact Office
Tel: + 1 917 367 2283
makinwa@un.org