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. It supports businesses in selected partner countries in the process of planning and implementing anti-corruption solutions and measures to strengthen integrity.
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 representatives of companies and business associations, the public sector, civil society, academia and international 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 established a global network in order to achieve its vision of an integrity-based business world through collective action. In doing so, the initiative follows the Collective Action approach, which aims to create a business environment of integrity in partnership with others.
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 and considers topics such as gender, digitalization and human rights:
The Alliance for Integrity has established a practical training programme for the prevention of corruption 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.
Networking 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. The global network is active in the partner countries Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay and other countries, and is represented in part by partner organizations. The initiative is supported by a high-ranking Steering Committee, of which the BMZ is also a member, with regard to its strategic orientation. In addition to the BMZ, the committee includes representatives of nationally and internationally active companies and organizations legitimized by an electoral process, as well as 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 Cooperation and Development (OECD), the German Global Compact Network, and Transparency International Germany. At the country level, advisory groups from the private sector, civil society and the public sector steer local activities in the spirit of Collective Action.