Corruption negatively impacts social and economic development and environmental sustainability. It also undermines the ability of companies to grow, escalates costs and poses legal and reputational risks, making it of crucial importance to business. Anti-Corruption is an important part of all the Sustainable Development Goals, but in particular relates to Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
The first part of this guide provided an overview of some of the resources relating to Anti-Corruption provided by the UN Global Compact. This second part provides a range of ways that academic institutions can get involved in these projects.
- Collaborate with UN Global Compact companies around the topic of Anti-corruption: Connect with UN Global Compact Local Networks and companies to work collaboratively on Anti-Corruption related projects for students and faculty, in particular around taking Collective Action.
- Use the resources outlined above in the classroom: Invite individuals at companies engaged in this topic into the classroom as guest speakers to share their experiences.
- Eliminate corruption from your business: The UN Global Compact provides a six-step framework to eliminate corruption from your company and promote transparency and accountability.
- Explore a range of examples that can be used in the classroom: Corporate Sustainability with Integrity: Organizational change to Collective Action provides a range of examples from UN Global Compact members demonstrating how anti-corruption measures have been implemented internally. Other links to access more examples include;Business Against Corruption – Case Stories and Example, Business Fighting Corruption: Experiences from Africa, Coca-Cola’s fight against corruption in Myanmar, and Anti-Corruption in the Business Partnership Hub
- Explore how companies are reporting on anti-corruption efforts: UN Global Compact participants need to regularly submit Communication on Progress Reports (COP) where they, among other things, report on their Anti-Corruption measures. Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle Against Corruption provides guidance on how to do this and you can look through individual companies’ COPs to find additional case studies. Click here to see all the companies that submitted COPs in 2015.
- Complete the e-learning course: The Fight Against Corruption. This course uses six interactive learning modules to further students’ understanding of the UN Global Compact’s 10th Principle against corruption and the UN Convention against Corruption as it applies to the private sector.
- Organize an event for International Anti
-Corruption Day, observed on December 9th
- Work with SMEs on anti-corruption projects: There is a substantial gap in anti-corruption action between large and small and medium enterprises. For example, only 9% of SMEs have anonymous hotlines as opposed to 68% of large companies.
- Follow the work of UN Global Compact companies around anti-corruption by signing up to the Anti-Corruption Newsletter or following #BizAgainstCorruption
- Follow and/or join the UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group if you are also a signatory to the UN Global Compact. (Click here for reports from their meetings).
- Explore the work of and participate in the PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption in Curriculum Change: PRME also has an active Working Group on this topic. They recently published Anti-C
orruption: Implementing Curriculum Change in Management Education and created the PRME Anti-Corruption Toolkit, providing comprehensive anti-corruption guidelines
for curriculum change in business schools and management –related academic institutions around the world.
Several past posts on PRiMEtime have also featured anti-corruption, including a list of 20 different ways schools can take part in Anti-Corruption Day (Click here for Part 1 and Part 2).