One company’s actions, while critical, are not enough to end corruption. Companies must join forces with governments, community-based organizations, NGOs and other businesses to act collectively against corruption.
Collective Action allows companies to:
- Create deeper understanding of corruption issues
- Consolidate knowledge and financial and technical resources to achieve greater impact
- Create solutions that are perceived as more credible, acceptable and are more sustainable
- Help ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all stakeholders
- Create a more stable and enabling business environment
- Compliment existing anti-corruption efforts in vulnerable regions and sectors, where industry or government-led regulations are not robust
Forms of Collective Action:
- Integrity Pacts: An Integrity Pact is a short-term, project-or transaction-specific formal agreement between a customer (usually a public entity) and a bidder (usually a company), in which the parties agree to adhere to a fair and transparent public procurement bidding process (Developed by Transparency International)
- Anti-Corruption Declarations: Anti-Corruption Declarations are short-term, project- or transaction-specific statements of intent to ensure compliance with anti-corruption commitments. Companies, governments and/or sub-contractors can all be signatories of an Anti-Corruption Declaration
- Certifying Business Coalitions: Certifying Business Coalitions can be applicable to a country, region or sector. To join, a company must show a clear commitment to anti-corruption principles and adhere to ethical business standards. Regular independent audits and monitoring processes ensure compliance
- Principle-Based Initiatives: Principle-Based Initiatives promote the integration of transparent business practices in a country's corporate culture in a sustainable and long-term manner
- Education and training: Education and training can be conducted as part of Collective Action, and are critical to raising awareness and building capacity to fight corruption
Current Collective Action Projects
We collaborate with various organizations including our Global Compact Local Networks (GCLNs) to promote Collective Action efforts. Our efforts aim to increase business integrity, enhance transparency and bring the private sector, governments, and civil society together to collectively advance the anti-corruption agenda and contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals –specifically Sustainable Development Goal 16 and target 16.5 on fighting corruption.
Through the first two rounds of funding from the Siemens Integrity Initiative, we have carried out activities specifically focused on advancing collective action efforts in Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa (click here to see projects carried out in the first and second funding rounds).
Our current project Scaling up Anti-Corruption Collective Action within Global Compact Local Networks builds upon our previous collective action activities by supporting collective actions from GCLNs and promoting public-private cooperation in fighting corruption.
Scaling up Anti-Corruption Collective Action within Global Compact Local Networks will be implemented over four years and adopts a three pronged approach:
- development of Anti-Corruption Collective Action Playbook for GCLNs to mainstream the understanding and uptake of Collective Action,
- global launch and roll-out of the Playbook to enable Local Networks in understanding and using the Collective Action methodology to identify and address corruption issues and
- support select GCLNs in their Collective Action initiatives.
Underlying this approach will be an overarching goal of facilitating public-private cooperation on Collective Action through policy dialogue and engagement with governments and non-business stakeholders.
Scaling up Anti-Corruption Collective Action within Global Compact Local Networks is supported through the third funding round by the Siemens Integrity Initiative, which is part of the July 2009 settlement between Siemens and the World Bank and the March 2013 settlement between Siemens and the European Investment Bank.
Additional information on Collective Action and other similar initiatives can be found at the B20 Collective Action Hub.