Anti-Corruption Working Group Convenes During Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption

(Marrakesh) – The UN Global Compact convened the 9th Meeting of its Anti-Corruption Working Group during the Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption, held 23 – 25 October in Marrakesh, Morocco. Participants included 50 representatives from the private sector, academia, Governments, civil society, business associations, and Global Compact Local Networks.

The three-day meeting focused on a range of anti-corruption implementation challenges facing companies and other stakeholders, including risk assessment, sectoral approaches, public-private dialogue against corruption, and integration of anti-corruption issues into the wider corporate sustainability agenda. The UN Global Compact-PRME joint project to develop anti-corruption curricula for management school programmes was featured, as well as collective action and public-private dialogue efforts undertaken by Global Compact partners and Working Group business representatives.

The meeting also addressed ways to prominently feature anti-corruption issues in sustainable development debates in preparation for the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. Participants welcomed the development of anti-corruption risk assessment guidance to strengthen corporations’ integrated risk assessment practices.

“In Rio, we must send a strong signal to the world that the objectives of corporate sustainability cannot be attained unless a critical mass of companies fully integrate rigorous anti-corruption measures into their strategies and operations,” said Olajobi Makinwa, Head, Transparency and Anti-Corruption, UN Global Compact.

To strengthen the business case for anti-corruption in sustainable development debates, participants decided to develop a set of recommendations through the Anti-Corruption Working Group. These recommendations will emphasize the need to incorporate anti-corruption considerations into major public procurement projects designed to support countries’ transitions toward a green economy, including climate mitigation and adaptation.

“I welcome the UN Global Compact’s decision to incorporate business perspectives on anti-corruption and governance issues in the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, which we can use as an opportunity to highlight the critical importance of transparency in sustainable development debates,” said Ambassador Chulki Ju, Secretary-General, Global Compact Korea Network and Global Compact Special Advisor on the 10th Principle against corruption.

The Working Group will present the following themes in Rio to engage additional companies in the fight against corruption:

  • Anti-Corruption Risk Assessment as a Driver of Corporate Sustainability Performance
  • Collective Action and Public-Private Collaboration as a Mechanism to Improve Good Governance, Anti-Corruption Performance and Corporate Sustainability
  • Anti-Corruption and Corporate Sustainability Education in Business Schools
  • Scaling Up Corporate Sustainability with Transparency and Integrity (e.g., building a business case for anti-corruption among corporate water users and water sector companies)

Fellow global initiatives also presented their latest developments at the meeting, including the G20/B20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).The meeting concluded with a High-Level Forum on the UN Convention against Corruption and Global Competitiveness, jointly organized by UNODC, the Global Compact, International Chamber of Commerce, World Economic Forum-PACI and Transparency International.

About the Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption

The Fourth Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption (COSP4) takes place from 24 to 28 October 2011 under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The aim of COSP4 is to provide sustainable human and economic development with the theme, “Be Part of the Solution: Fight Against Corruption”. In 2009, during the COSP3 in Doha, Qatar, a letter signed by over 100 CEOs was presented to government delegations, calling for the adoption of effective review mechanisms against corruption.

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Ms. Olajobi Makinwa
Head, Transparency and Anti-Corruption
UN Global Compact