UN and the private sector tackling corruption together

11 February 2013 - UNODC is working with businesses to encourage the development of anti-corruption policies that are aligned with the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and that strengthen transparency and accountability. As part of these efforts, a certificate programme of the interactive 'The Fight Against Corruption' e-learning tool was recently launched.

The tool has been developed together with the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations' largest public-private partnership forum. It aims to enhance understanding of the Global Compact's 10th Principle against corruption, which states that 'Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery,'  and how UNCAC is the basis for that Principle.

The tool includes six interactive learning modules each of which deals with a specific theme and presents a series of choices which need to be made. The modules are based on real-life scenarios designed to provide guidance on how to deal with potential risks of corruption that people may face in their daily work.

'Business has a lot to lose from corruption and has considerable leverage to stop it',  says Mr. Dimitri Vlassis, Chief of the UNODC Corruption and Economic Crime Branch. 'With this tool, the employees of companies of all sizes will be better prepared to strengthen integrity in their daily work and contribute to a fair and honest working environment'.

Since February 2012, the tool has had 24,000 online users. Drawing on this success, a French version of the tool was recently launched. Other official UN languages and additional languages, including Portuguese, German and Korean, will follow in the coming weeks.

Related Information:

E-learning tool homepage: http://thefightagainstcorruption.unodc.org (includes contact details for companies that may be interested in incorporating individual modules into corporate training programmes).