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Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Compact is inviting participants to sign on to the Call to Action to Governments from the Private Sector in support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

A Business Call to Action

During the 11th Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption in December 2012, participants discussed the business perspective on how to integrate good governance and anti-corruption into the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Global Compact has collected these views and suggestions into a Call to Action statement to be fed into the recommendations that will be forwarded to the UN Secretary-General for his report to Member States and to the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The statement urges Governments to promote anti-corruption measures and implement related policies to establish systems of good governance. Specifically, it asks Governments to take action on the following:

  1. Fully implement and enforce the tenets of the UN Convention against Corruption by strengthening anti-corruption policies, laws and enforcement mechanisms to create a level playing field and incentivize good behaviour;
  2. Make a commitment to reducing corruption risks from procurement and contract processes of large-scale projects that are designed to support sustainable development;
  3. Commit to engaging in competitive and transparent procurement processes through public advertising of all government procurement cases;
  4. Commit to transparency in disclosing payments made by the private sector; and
  5. Support corporate efforts to disclose anti-corruption implementation, enhance corporate governance, and innovative collective action and public-private partnership initiatives.

Review the complete Call to Action to Governments from the Private Sector on Anti-Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Post-2015 Development Agenda

The post-2015 development process aims to help define the future global development framework that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight global development targets which expire in 2015. Following the success of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in June 2012, the UN Secretary-General has assigned the UN Global Compact a position on a par with his High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and entities such as the inter-agency UN Development Group in contributing directly to the recommendations that he will submit to Member States.

For more information on the post-2015 development agenda, please click here.

Why is business advocating for Anti-Corruption in the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world. It has adverse impacts on sustainable development, with a disproportional impact on poor communities. Corruption has considerable and costly impacts on the private sector as it raises transaction costs, undermines fair competition, distorts development priorities, and impedes long-term foreign and domestic investment. To prevent future development efforts from being undermined by corruption, it is critical to integrate good governance and anti-corruption into the post-2015 agenda.

For more information on the business case for anti-corruption, please click here.

Signatories

Companies are encouraged to join this critical effort to help bring corporate sustainability to the next level by addressing corruption in all its forms. To add your company’s name to this call to action, please email anticorruption@unglobalcompact.org.

Contact

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