CEOs Call for Greater Adherence to UN Anti-Corruption Convention
(New York, 7 May 2009)
- In an unprecedented move, chief executives from some of the
world's leading companies have called on governments to more effectively and robustly implement the
United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the CEOs threw their support behind the world’s only universal
anti-corruption instrument, stating that it "holds the promise of curbing corruption and creates a
level playing field for all participants in the global economy". They praised the Convention,
describing it as "an essential instrument in the fight against corruption", but they underlined the
need for the establishment of an implementation review mechanism at the next Conference of States
Parties to be held in Doha in November 2009.
"Especially now, in a period of deep financial and economic turmoil, an effective
implementation review mechanism is essential. The economic crisis will inevitably place severe
strains on worldwide competition, threatening an erosion of ethical standards that will be hard to
reverse," they warned. They cautioned that any further delay in establishing an effective review
mechanism (as called for in the Convention) "would damage the credibility of the Convention and its
ability to build momentum in overcoming corruption".
The CEOs provided ideas on how the mechanism should work. They highlighted three factors:
adequate and dependable longterm funding; country visits with peer reviewers from other countries;
and a transparent process with input from the private sector and other stakeholders, and with
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
initiative and has asked Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and
Crime, to transmit the CEO letter to all State Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption
Group on the Review of Implementation of the Convention
, which will be meeting in Vienna from
"I deeply appreciate the leadership demonstrated by the corporate community in this critical
matter," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in response to the letter by the CEOs. "The
business advocacy for an effective review mechanism and the growing number of States adopting and
implementing the Convention are evidence of a shared commitment to tackle corruption."
The letter was written at the invitation of the four global, multi-industry anti-corruption
initiatives addressing the corporate sector: the
International Chamber of Commerce
, the United Nations Global
Compact, and the
World Economic Forum
Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI)
Also today, the Global Compact has initiated a broader
business leader across the globe to sign the statement in support of the Convention.
UN Global Compact