Anti-Corruption Programs

In many countries, systemic corruption impedes market development, drives away investment, and erodes the legitimacy of law and political leadership. Improving governance and eliminating corrupt practices are priorities for improving business performance, establishing rule of law, and ensuring that democracy delivers for citizens.

CIPE mobilizes the private sector as a leading force in reducing bribery, extortion, and other forms of corruption. CIPE looks beyond individual illicit transactions to address the root sources of corruption. These include complex and contradictory laws and regulations, discretionary power of public officials, lack of transparency in public procurement, inconsistent enforcement, and absence of competitive markets. CIPE’s programs build institutions and reinforcement structures that reward honesty and transparency and punish abuse.

Anti-Corruption Programs at CIPE

CIPE addresses both the demand side and the supply side of corruption through programs that:

  • Mobilize the private sector to raise anti-corruption standards and advocate for reforms.
  • Streamline regulations and reduce implementation gaps to limit opportunities for corruption.
  • Improve corporate governance to strengthen firm-level integrity.
  • Facilitate collective action to level the playing field and coordinate company efforts.
  • Equip small and medium-sized enterprises to resist bribery and meet requirements of global value chains.

Combating Corruption Around the World

Thailand: Since 2010, the Thai Institute of Directors (IOD) has built a coalition of Thailand’s largest businesses. Coalition members sign the Collective Action Against Corruption Declaration and pledge to take tangible, measurable steps to proactively reduce corruption-related risks that are verified by third party certification. CIPE equipped IOD and its coalition partners with an array of tools for training and collective action, based on examples from CIPE’s programs around the world. Member companies now represent over 15 percent of the Thai economy and more than 1 million employees.

Russia: CIPE supported the Saratov Chamber of Commerce and Industry in developing an innovative approach that gives Russian business associations a new tool in the fight against corruption at the regional level. The approach focuses on gaps and contradictions that arise between federal, regional, and local laws, and lays out a clear advocacy roadmap to close these gaps. In addition to the Saratov Chamber, CIPE is supporting chambers in seven other regions in implementing this tool. They focus on areas ranging from the licensing of educational activities to obtaining construction permits.

Business Principles for Countering Bribery: Developed by Transparency International and Social Accountability International, the principles are a flexible tool for use by companies in benchmarking their own practices, by civil society in crafting local codes, and by business associations in education and raising standards. CIPE provided private sector input into the principles and supported the development of implementation tools.

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