Alliance for Integrity
The Alliance for Integrity is a business-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative involving companies, business associations, civil society, political institutions, academia and international organisations. This global initiative aims to strengthen the capacities of businesses in selected partner countries to implement tried and tested anti-corruption solutions.
What is Alliance for Integrity doing to achieve its goal?
Countering corruption is a major challenge. In a globalised world, corruption does not stop at national borders but is a transnational problem. Collective action across borders is therefore the only way to curb corruption effectively at regional and international level. Alliance for Integrity stakeholders include companies and business associations, the public sector, civil society, academia and multinational organisations. Launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the German Global Compact Network, the Alliance is establishes a global network in order to achieve its vision of an integrity-based business world through collective action. The Alliance fosters integrity among companies, their business partners and other economic stakeholders. It also contributes to the improvement of general conditions by fostering dialogue between the public and private sectors. The Alliance offers its members a combination of networking, good practice and transfer of knowledge.
The Alliance for Integrity focuses on the following fields of action:
The Alliance for Integrity has established a practical compliance training programme in order to support the development of compliance capacities within companies. As a first step, compliance experts from multinational and local companies participate in a train-the-trainer workshop. Anti-corruption training is then provided for local small and medium-sized enterprises. An online Support Desk for participating companies ensures that the training programme has a lasting impact. In certain countries trainings for state-owned companies are offered in addition to trainings for local small and medium-sized enterprises.
Information and knowledge
Alliance members have direct access to know-how on integrity and compliance, whether in the form of best practice examples from other companies, guidelines or international studies. The Alliance makes every effort to emphasise the importance of integrity and its benefits for businesses and society at large.
Neworking and support
Alliance members have access to other stakeholders and opportunities to discuss their experience with compliance professionals. Not every issue can be resolved in such a large forum, however. The Alliance therefore facilitates contacts to international experts, who help members to manage specific challenges arising in their company or organisation.
This is often the most effective form of training. The Alliance facilitates knowledge-sharing among its members and partners on the challenges facing various sectors and regions. Best practice examples illustrate how integrity can be mainstreamed more effectively in businesses or organisations.
The role played by integrity is dependent to some extent on broader social conditions. The Alliance’s members have the opportunity to participate in the dialogue with businesses, policy-makers, the public sector and civil society and thus help to create a more enabling environment for clean business practices.
How does Alliance for Integrity work together in partnership to achieve its goal?
The Alliance for Integrity has a Secretariat in Germany, which is responsible for general management and quality assurance, and is also represented by regional hubs in partner countries Brazil, Ghana, India and Mexico. In the interests of collective action, the Alliance for Integrity established a high-ranking global Steering Committee in 2015. BMZ is an Alliance member and is closely involved in its governance. The Steering Committee consists of representatives of BMZ, international companies (MAN SE, Merck Group, Metro AG and SAP SE), the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Basel Institute on Governance, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Transparency International Germany. In India, Ghana, Mexico and Brazil, a local multi-stakeholder Advisory Group has been established within the governance structure. Each Advisory Group appoints a representative to sit on the Steering Committee.
How is Alliance for Integrity financed?
GIZ has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to manage the Alliance for Integrity in selected partner countries, i.e. Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico and in the various regions.