Corruption is a major global concern and a significant inhibitor to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, diverting needed resources from its intended use. Impacting both the public and private sectors, corrupt behaviour stifles competition, harms consumers, poses serious legal and reputational risks, and undermines the integrity of all involved, harming the fabric of organisations and society collectively.
The PRME Business Integrity Action Center (BIAC) at the UAS focuses on working on interdisciplinary solutions to distinctive relevant social challenges. Since its conception, the BIAC has been successful in addressing the topics of business integrity, anti-corruption and media integrity by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, partnership and research.
The Integrity Talk Series aims to bring together engaged scholar and practitioners from all over the world to share and discuss current trends and challenges in the fight against corruption and fostering integrity.
Fighting Corruption through Collective Action: Experiences from UN Global Compact Local Networks
Speaker: Olajobi Makinwa, Chief, Intergovernmental Relations & Africa, UN Global Compact
Date: 23rd June 2022
While one company's actions can be significant, they are insufficient to end corruption entirely. Companies must work together with governments, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other enterprises to combat corruption.
Collective Action allows companies to:
- Create deeper understanding of corruption issues
- Consolidate knowledge and financial and technical resources to achieve greater impact
- Develop solutions that are perceived as more credible, acceptable and are more sustainable
- Help ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all stakeholders
- Create a more stable and enabling business environment
- Compliment existing anti-corruption efforts in vulnerable regions and sectors, where industry or government-led regulations are not robust
The UN Global Compacts Networks are uniquely positioned to initiate and facilitate Collective Action at a local and national level. In her talk, Ms Makinwa will draw on her experiences at the UN for how corruption cna be addressed through Collectuve Action.
Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Good Governance – Responsible Management Through Antagonistic Cooperation
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen, Founder of Transparency International
Date: 24th February 2022
Good-governance is the root for social, political and economic development. This is particularly true for global governance, where national governments have lost their preeminent role because of asymmetries between national capacities and the issues to be governed. Therefore, a more powerful role of civil society has to be mobilised, which is best done through multi-stakeholder processes. In his talk, Prof. Eigen will talk about the multi-stakeholder approach to good governance, and how responsible management can be fostered through antagonistic cooperation of multi-stakeholders.
(Multi-stakeholder standards in relation to responsible management and good governance have emerged in recent years for their potential to foster knowledge exchange, build consensus and shape interest alignment.)
Whistleblowing – an Essential Element of Compliance Management and Good Governance
Speaker: Bartosz Makowicz, Director, Viadrina Compliance Centre
Date: 18th November 2021
Whistleblowing Management Systems is not only about installing an communication channel. In order to support a speakup culture the system should be wisely integrated into the existing management scenery by adopting existing tolls, procedures and processes. Recent legislative changes such as the EU Whistleblowing Directive will have a profound impact on how companies structure their whistleblowing management systems, as well as new guidelines from ISO 37002 can foster successful and effective whistleblowing systems. In his talk, Prof. Makowicz will discuss the implications for companies of this changing landscape, as well as provide case examples of how companies can best ensure the integrity of their management systems. He will also focus on why whistleblowing is an emerging interdisciplinary field of research.
A Review of Corporate Corruption Research and a Future Research Agenda
Speaker: Dr. Armando Castro, Associate Professor Bartlett, University College London
Date: 30th September 2021
In his talk, Armando Castro explored his latest publication in the Academy of Management Annals, as well as contemporary research on the topic of corporate corruption.
Policies and strategies for promoting an integrity environment at higher education level: Learning from international experience
Speaker: Muriel Poisson, Programmspezialistin, International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) of UNESCO
Date: 29th June 2021
Higher education institutions play a great role in shaping the leaders of the future, however in order to shape responsible future leaders, higher education institutions need to promote an integrity environment to be able to teach RSE values. In her talk, Muriel Poisson described selected examples of policies and strategies higher education institutions can use to promote such an intgerity environment, including the adoption of Chart of ethics, codes of behavior, access to information, etc., as well as presented the role of IIEP-UNESCO in building the capacities of Member States in this area.