Alliance for Integrity
Title: Alliance for Integrity
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2018 to 2021
Stricter legal framework conditions have come into force in the fight against corruption and have led to a worldwide shift in international business activities in recent years. This also applies to developing countries and emerging economies, who are facing new requirements in the area of corruption prevention.
Corruption prevention helps to reduce inequalities, strengthen the rule of law, facilitate investment and establish a good business environment. Accordingly, the United Nations member states have included a commitment to significantly reducing all forms of corruption and bribery in their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). German development policy-makers share these concerns, and consider the private sector a key partner in the fight against corruption.
Despite stricter laws, many entrepreneurs continue to engage in corrupt business practices. The behaviour of business partners and competitors can be influential, and they fear a competitive disadvantage should they refuse to engage in these corrupt practices.
The conditions for the successful planning and implementation of measures aimed at preventing corruption within companies have been sustainably improved in selected Alliance for Integrity partner countries and regions.
The project’s primary objective is to promote integrity in the business world and focuses on three areas of action:
- Providing companies with practical knowledge and corruption prevention tools
The project provides practical knowledge and tools for introducing internal corruption prevention measures. Through peer-to-peer learning and knowledge-sharing in global, regional and local networks, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can draw upon this knowledge and additional support.
The project raises awareness among companies of gender-specific challenges in the area of corruption prevention and supports female entrepreneurs.
By publishing different solutions and making them accessible, for example through digital applications, the project encourages more companies to follow these positive, practical examples.
The target audience for the activities and products offered are responsible staff and managers in SMEs, as well as those working in the areas of anti-corruption, auditing, business ethics, gender and social responsibility within companies.
The project draws upon existing structures, including partner companies and trade associations from Germany and other countries.
- Strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) for economic integrity promotion
Within the framework of multi-stakeholder partnerships, the project supports key stakeholders in developing relevant and feasible solutions. For example, the project supports the organisation of dialogue forums and the development of joint implementation strategies which reflect the needs and potential of partner countries and regions.
Joint success stories strengthen the foundation of trust between the governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. The international presentation and recognition of results creates an additional incentive.
- Improving conditions for sustainable networking between stakeholder groups and multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs)
The initiative aims to improve sustainable conditions for networking between stakeholder groups and multi-stakeholder partnerships in and between the partner countries and regions in which they operate. With regard to sustainability, the project is developing a strategy to secure the network’s financial and organisational independence. Alongside national and international dialogue, the project is also strengthening regional and interregional exchange in order to increase the network’s reach. For example, the project is increasingly involving companies from African partner countries.
One project objective is to establish a sustainability strategy for the programme which is based upon a well-founded, consensual roadmap for securing the organisational and financial future of the network.
In one of its initial phases, the project established and expanded the activities and results in all partner countries, as well as regionally in Latin America, and in Germany. The collective action taken represents a significant prerequisite for companies in developing their own capacities to fight corruption.
By strengthening their internal anti-corruption mechanisms, companies reduce the likelihood of actively promoting corruption, for example by offering bribes to government agencies. This in turn lowers the general level of corruption. The project’s individual activities also aim to improve governance through participation mechanisms such as involving the private sector in dialogue with government agencies and establishing concrete proposals in order to reduce corruption.
As a multi-stakeholder partnership, the Alliance for Integrity is supported by a multitude of stakeholders who participate and contribute with in-kind or financial contributions.