The UN Global Compact principle on anti-corruption asks businesses to:
Principle 10 Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
The anti-corruption section of the UN Global Compact Self Assessment tool enables your company to assess its performance against international best practice for combating bribery and corruption in business operations, and provides inspiration for continuous improvement. This section should preferably be used together with the management section of the tool, which evaluates the extent to which issues covered by the UN Global Compact principles are anchored in the company strategy and integrated in decisions and management systems.
The anti-corruption section covers the following topics:
Signalling a non-corrupt environment
Anti-corruption risk assessment
Agents and other associates
This section covers a broad range of issues relevant for the majority of businesses. However, not all the anti-corruption issues covered will be relevant for all businesses depending on e.g. company operations and activities, and should therefore be answered as "not applicable". This section on anti-corruption builds upon the following documents and conventions:
- United Nations Convention against Corruption.
- Convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions, OECD.
- Combating Extortion and Bribery: ICC Rules of Conduct and Recommendations, ICC
- Business Principles for Countering Bribery, Transparency International.
- Partnering Against Corruption - Principles for countering Bribery. Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), World Economic Forum.
- Reporting guidance on the 10th principle against corruption, Transparency International.
How to define corruption?
Corruption can take many forms that vary in degree from the minor use of influence to institutionalized bribery. Transparency International's definition of corruption is "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain". This can mean not only financial gain but also non-financial advantages.
This section includes questions regarding corruption, bribery, fraud and facilitation payment.
The wording of this section mirrors that used in the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (1997) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (2003).
The Corrupt Practices covered by this section include: (i) ‘active’ as well as ‘passive’ corruption (also referred to at times as ‘extortion’ or ‘solicitation’); (ii) bribery as well as trading in influence; (iii) corruption of public officials, as well as private-to-private corruption; (iv) corruption in the national and local as well as in the international sphere; (v) corruption with or without the use of intermediaries; (vi) bribery with money or through any other form of undue advantage; and (vii) bribery with or without laundered money.