Corruption hinders both public and private sector productivity. It perpetuates inequality and poverty, impacting well-being and the distribution of income and undermining opportunities to participate equally in social, economic and political life.
Integrity is essential for building strong institutions and assures citizens that the government is working in their interest, not just for the select few. Integrity is not just a moral issue, it is also about making economies more productive, public sectors more efficient, societies and economies more inclusive. It is about restoring trust, not just trust in government, but trust in public institutions, regulators, banks, and corporations.
This Recommendation updates and replaces the 1998 Recommendation on Improving Ethical Conduct in the Public Service including Principles for Managing Ethics in the Public Service, which was the first international instrument in the area of managing ethics and enhancing integrity.