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CEO Letter on UN Convention against Corruption

The Global Compact encouraged participants to sign on to a CEO statement in support of the UN Convention against Corruption (Convention).

A Business Call for Action

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Chief Executives called on governments to more effectively and robustly implement the Convention by adopting an effective implementation review mechanism at the Conference of States Parties held in Doha in November 2009. Initially signed by 24 leading companies, the letter launches a campaign inviting business leaders across the globe to sign on to the statement.

The letter, endorsed at the invitation of the International Chamber of Commerce, Transparency International, the World Economic Forum-Partnering Against Corruption Initiative and the Global Compact, calls for the establishment of a credible and effective review mechanism and suggests that;

  1. The process should have adequate and dependable long-term funding;
  2. It should include country visits with peer reviewers from other countries;
  3. The process should function transparently, with inputs from the private sector and other stakeholders, and with published reports.

United Nations Convention Against Corruption

The Convention is the only global legal instrument to fight corruption in both the public and private sectors and provides comprehensive and robust legislative and institutional frameworks for States Parties to effectively prevent and combat corruption domestically and to cooperate across borders.

Why is Business Supporting the Convention?

The Convention is designated as the underlying legal instrument to guide the implementation of the tenth Principle that calls on businesses "to fight corruption in all its forms, including extortion." While the letter of the Convention Against Corruption is legally binding on States Parties, its spirit and novel provisions are far reaching and have ramifications for all. The private sector acknowledges that fighting corruption is a shared responsibility that requires all stakeholders to play an active role.

An Effective Implementation of the Convention: A Review Mechanism

During the First Conference of States Parties to the Convention it was agreed “that it [was] necessary to establish an appropriate and effective mechanism to assist in the review of the implementation of [UNCAC]” and decided to establish an Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption to make recommendations on the appropriate mechanisms or bodies to review implementation.

Main elements under discussion include:

  1. How is adequate funding made available to ensure a quality and timely review?
  2. Who will carry out the review?
  3. Who should provide the input for the review?
  4. To whom should outcomes be made available?

Conference of States Parties - Doha Resolution

The CEO Letter was presented to the State Parties and Signatories by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and served as an official input document for the Fourth Intercessional Meeting of the Working Group that took place in Vienna from 11 to 13 May 2009. Extended support for the letter by a large group of companies sent a strong signal to both the Intergovernmental Working Group meeting in August 2009 and the Conference of States Parties in Doha in November 2009.

In November 2009 the Conference of the States Parties adopted a review mechanism of the UN Convention against Corruption. The CEO letter campaign was a contributing factor to the agreement at the Conference of the State Parties to include the private sector in the list of actors that should be consulted in carrying out reviews of the Convention. Paragraph 29 of the Doha Resolution reads:

The State Party under review shall endeavour to prepare their responses to the comprehensive self assessment checklist through broad consultations at the national level with all relevant stakeholders, the private sector, individuals and groups outside the public sector.

The CEO Letter campaign showed that business advocacy can be an important part of improving global framework conventions and can influence global policy making. The Global Compact is committed to the effective implementation of the Convention and will continue to establish the business case for anti-corruption.


Company Sector Country
Abreu Advogados Support Services Portugal
Accident Welfare Foundation of Pakistan NGO Pakistan
Acorn Petroleum Plc Oil and Gas Nigeria
Adecco Recruitment Services Pty Ltd General Industrials South Africa
Adecco – Recursos Humanos, Lda. General Retailers Portugal
Aegis Defence Services Limited Aerospace & Defence United Kingdom
African Foundation (Farmapu-Inter & Cecotrap-rcogl) NGO Rwanda
Ambiensys Gestão Ambiental Ltda. Support Services Brazil
ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal Airport Facilities Portugal
Anglo American plc General Industrials United Kingdom
AngloGold Ashanti Company Industrial Metals & Mining South Africa
Apifarma – Associação Portuguesa da Indústria Farmacêutica Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Portugal
ArcelorMittal Industrial Metals & Mining Luxembourg
AREVA Technology Hardware & Equipment France
Aroso & Associados - Gestão e Engenharia Lda. Construction & Materials Portugal
Associação de Empresas de Construção e Obras Públicas e Serviços (AECOPS) Business Association Local Portugal
Associação de Estudos Superiores de Empresa (AESE) Academic Portugal
Associação dos Industriais da Construção Civil e Obras Públicas (AICCOPN) Business Association Local Portugal
Associação Nacional de Empreiteiros de Obras Públicas (ANEOP) Business Association Local Portugal
Associação Portuguesa das Empresas do Sector Privado de Emprego (APESPE) Business Association Local Portugal
Associação Portuguesa de Ética Empresarial (APEE) NGO Portugal
ASUR - Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste S.A. de C.V. Aerospace & Defense Mexico
Avon Metals Ltd Industrial Metals & Mining United Kingdom
BANIF – Grupo Financeiro Financial Services Portugal
BASF AG Chemicals Germany
BDO Visura Accounting and Auditing Switzerland
Bedag Informatik AG Information Technology Switzerland
Beraca Sabara Quimicos e Ingredientes Ltda. Chemicals Brazil
BG Group Oil & Gas Producers United Kingdom
Bhoruka Power Corporation Electricity India
BHP Billiton Industrial Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas Producers Australia
BIAL – Portela & Cª, S.A. Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Portugal
Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd. Food Producers Kenya
BP plc Oil & Gas Producers United Kingdom
Bureau Veritas Support Services Portugal
Business Keeper AG Support Services Germany
Chemtech Servicos Chemicals Brazil
Click To Call Ltd Telecommunications United Kingdom
Confederação do Comércio e Serviços de Portugal (CCP) Business Association Local Portugal
Cool House Construction & Materials Thailand
Coop Food Producers Switzerland
CPT AG General Retailers Switzerland
De Beers S.A. Industrial Metals & Mining United Kingdom
Deloitte Support services United States of America
Deloitte South Africa Support Services South Africa
Delta – Novadelta Comércio e Indústria de Cafés S.A. Food & Beverage Portugal
DHL Express Portugal Lda. Transportation Storage Portugal
Divina Pastora Mutualidad de Previsión Social a Prima Fija Financial Services Spain
Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack Corporate Compliance Attorneys United States of America
EADS France Aerospace & Defense France
ECOFACT AG Risk Management Switzerland
Edinburgh International Support Services United Kingdom
Electricidade dos Açores, S.A. (EDA) Gas, Water & Multiutilities Portugal
Elite Rent-a-Car Travel & Leisure Switzerland
Empresa de Energía de Bogotá Gas, Water & Multiutilities Colombia
Energy Management Services Construction & Materials United Arab Emirates
ENI SpA Oil & Gas Producers Italy
ESKOM Gas, Water & Multiutilities South Africa
Ethical Markets Media Media United States of America
F & C Management Ltd Financial Services United Kingdom
Federation of Uganda Employers Business Association Local Uganda
Federação Portuguesa da Indústria da Construção e Obras Públicas (FEPICOP) Business Association Local Portugal
FH Consultoria Empresarial LTDA Software & Computer Services Brazil
Financetar, S.A. Investment Services Portugal
FirstRand Financial Services South Africa
Fluor Corporation General Industrials United States of America
Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. Technology Hardware & Equipment Japan
Fundação Oriente Foundation Portugal
G-Comex Oleo E Gas Ltda. Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution Brazil
GDF Suez Oil & Gas Producers France
General Electric Company General Industrials United States of America
Global Synergetic Foundation Support Services India
Gold Fields Limited Industrial Metals & Mining South Africa
Groupe SERCIB Construction & Materials France
Henriques Fernando e Alves, S.A. (HFA) Electronics Portugal
Hertfordshire Community Foundation Foundation United Kingdom
IKEA Group General Retailers Sweden
Infosys Technologies Ltd Software & Computer Services India
Instituto da Construção e do Imobiliário (INCI) Construction & Materials Portugal
Izanet Global Services S.L Software & Computer Services Spain
Jilanda SecureSmart Software & Computer Services United Kingdom
Kanoria Chemicals & Industries ltd. Chemicals India
Kenya Association of Manufacturers Business Association Local Kenya
Korea South East Power Company Gas, Water & Multiutilities Korea, Republic of
Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P. (LNEG) Research Institute Portugal
Lantrade Global Supplies Limited International Procurement United Kingdom
Li and Fung Limited General Retailers China
Liberty Seguros, S.A. Insurance Portugal
Link Cambios Financial Services Paraguay
Manpower Support Services United States of America
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Financial Services Japan
NERVIR – Associação Empresarial Business Association Local Portugal
Nalco Holding Company Chemicals United States of America
Newmont Mining Corporation Industrial Metals & Mining USA
Nigerian Economic Summit Group Business Association Global Nigeria
Norsk Hydro ASA Industrial Metals & Mining Norway
Novartis International AG Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Switzerland
Oando Plc Oil & Gas Producers Nigeria
OEIRAS VIVA, EM Travel & Leisure Portugal
Organización Corona S.A. Construction & Materials Colombia
Oriental Trading Personal Goods Denmark
PARTICIP GmbH Support Services Germany
Pedra Base - Consultoria e Formação, Lda. Support Services Portugal
Petrobras SA Oil & Gas Producers Brazil
Petronas Oil & Gas Producers Malaysia
Poise Nigeria Support services Nigeria
Progressive Asset Management, Inc. Investment Brokerage United States of America
Qatar Airways (Q.C.S.C.) Travel & Leisure Qatar
Rainbow Chicken (Pty) Ltd. Beverages South Africa
Redes Energeticas Nacionais, SGPS, SA (REN) Gas, Water & Multiutilities Portugal
Rio Tinto plc Industrial Metals & Mining United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell plc Oil & Gas Producers Netherlands
Santos Ltd Oil & Gas Producers Australia
SAP AG Software & Computer Services Germany
Sasol Ltd. Chemicals South Africa
SECURITAS – Serviços e Tecnologia de Segurança, SA Security Services Portugal
Servilusa Agências Funerárias, S.A. Funeral Services Portugal
SGS SA Support Services Mozambique
Siemens AG Technology Hardware & Equipment Germany
Sinosteel Corporation Industrial Metals & Mining China
Solvay Chemicals Belgium
SOMAGUE – SGPS, S.A Construction & Materials Portugal
Sonae SGPS SA General Industrials Portugal
Sputnik International Movers Support Services Nigeria
Stelitz ltd Support Services Cameroon
Superideias – Serviços Publicitários, Lda. Advertising Portugal
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd Financial Services Switzerland
TAQA Oil & Gas Producers United Arab Emirates
Tata Sons Mining India
The Ghana Chamber of Mines Business Association Local Ghana
TNT N.V. Industrial Transportation Netherlands
Tobor - Acessórios para a Indústria, Lda. Rubber Components Portugal
Toyota Caetano Portugal, SA Automobiles & Parts Portugal
TruTeq Wireless (Pty) LTD Mobile Telecommunications South Africa
Unilever South Africa pty Ltd Beverages South Africa
VillageDirect.Org Foundation USA
XEROX Portugal – Equipamentos de Escritório, Lda. Technology Hardware & Equipment Portugal
Zurich Financial Group Financial Services Switzerland