Corruption steals from young people, impedes their access to education, and affects their ability to live in safe, just, and inclusive societies.
The world’s 1.8 billion young people have a major stake in countering corruption, as their future depends on access to equal opportunity.
Access to education is key as it empowers young people to recognize and reject corruption, act with integrity, make ethical choices, lead by example, and demand accountability from leaders and decision makers.
Corruption attacks the foundations of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law, and creating bureaucratic quagmires which only exist for the soliciting of bribes. It ultimately erodes the public’s trust in governments.
In a democracy legal and political systems protect citizens’ rights and liberties, maintain law and order, and encourage the effective functioning of the country.
Good governance and a rejection of corruption is the bedrock of development, peace, and security.
Corruption and crime threaten the positive contribution of sport in the cultural, educational, social and economic spheres.
It leads to manipulations of sport competitions and other wrongdoing in sport.
But fair play upholds the integrity of sport competitions, allowing it to remain a powerful force which can inspire and unite.
Corruption in the judicial system deprives people of their right to a fair trial and can lead to law enforcement turning a blind eye to crime.
Tackling corruption relies on an independent judicial system where judges act with integrity. When judiciaries, judges, magistrates, and court personnel stand firm against corruption by ensuring an impartial, independent, and inclusive justice system the rights of all people can be safeguarded.
Corruption is an inhibitor of gender equality. It impacts women and men differently, results in the exclusion of women in decision-making roles, and perpetuates negative social stereotypes, limited economic power, and educational opportunities.
But women’s participation in decision making, economy and politics leads to a more equal, inclusive, and transparent distribution of funds, ensures service delivery, and promotes sustainable development.
Corruption in the private sector reduces quality of products, erodes fair competition, and increases costs.
By detecting and mitigating corruption risks, fostering a culture of integrity in all sectors and supply chains, and providing anti-corruption ethics and compliance trainings, companies of all sizes strengthen brand value, increase business performance, seize new business opportunities, and attract and retain talent.
Corruption facilitates every aspect of crimes that affect the environment and is a significant driver of climate change. It leads to the destruction and degradation of the world’s forests and drives species to extinction. It has a far-reaching impact on security and human health by destroying people’s livelihoods and foiling climate adaptation strategies.
But rich flora and fauna keeps ecosystems functional and healthy which in turn allows all species on earth to survive.