Business Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa
Corruption is regularly reported as a major obstacle to doing business in the MENA region. A recent survey of the business environment (World Bank, 2015) showed that corruption stands in the top three greatest constraints faced by companies (together with political instability and informal sector prevalence) whether in the form of personal contacts, informal gifts and payments, or an unfair, partial and corrupted court system. Strengthening business integrity is a key lever to restoring investor confidence and level the playing field for doing business in the MENA region. "Clean" companies are more efficient and competitive, and governments can attract higher and better investments.
Governments and the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) recognise that corruption is a real threat to the political stability, economic development and social cohesions of their countries. Participants at the 2015 Steering Group meeting of the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme agreed that promoting business integrity should be part of the Programme's main directions for the 2016-2020 cycle of work.
Publications and references
- Business Integrity Training Resources
- APEC Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct for Business
- The Business Anti-Corruption Portal
- Rules of Conduct to Combat Extortion and Bribery
- Business Principles for Countering Bribery
- Business principles for countering bribery: Small and medium enterprise (SME) edition.
- Business Principles for Countering Bribery - Transparency International Self-Evaluation Tool
- TI Six Step Implementation Process
- UN Global Compact - TI reporting guidance on the 10th principle against corruption
- Transparency in Reporting on Anti-Corruption (TRAC)
- UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles
- UN Convention against Corruption
- UNODC/Global Compact e-learning tool for the private sector
- TRACK - Tools and resources for anti-corruption knowledge (including the Legal library)
- Corruption prevention to foster small and medium-sized enterprise development Volume 1 (UNIDO/UNODC)
- Voluntary Disclosure Programme and its Guidelines for Participants
- Resisting Extortion and Solicitation in International Transactions: A company tool for employee training (International Chamber of Commerce/ Transparency
- Principles for Countering Bribery
- Anti-Corruption Compliance Handbook for Business