Authors: Arvis, Jean Francois; Berenbeim, Ronald E.
Publication date: August 2003
Although attention has focused on public sector initiatives to fight corruption on the demand side, private companies in every region have developed programs to fight it on the supply side. Policymakers and advocacy groups consider such preventive efforts to be a critical component of the anti-corruption toolkit. Company based programs to fight fraud and corruption, rely on ethics and the implementation of compliance systems. Pioneered in the US during the 70s, they consist of statement of values, a company code of conduct, training programs, decision making and reporting mechanisms. Based on case studies of international and regional corporations, this book documents an impressive trend: companies of very different size, nationality and background have been moving forward in recent years. The book look at the content of the program and at issues pertaining implementation and effectiveness such as the role of the business culture. It analyzes the incentives, internal and external, that drive the adoption and implementation of those techniques. . Many examples of actual mechanisms and alliance to disseminate good practices are presented, often involving partnerships with the public sector or the civil society.
Publisher: World Bank