The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Global Compact are working with businesses to encourage the development of anti-corruption policies that strengthen transparency and accountability. As part of these efforts, the partners launched a certificate program of the interactive “The Fight against Corruption” e-learning tool.
The tool, developed jointly by the two organizations, aims to enhance understanding of the Global Compact’s 10th Principle against corruption and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) as the underlying legal instrument of that Principle. The tool includes six interactive learning modules, each of which deals with a specific theme and presents a series of choices which need to be made. The modules are based on real-life scenarios designed to provide guidance on how to deal with potential risks of corruption that people may face in their daily work.
“Business as a key driver of globalization and economic change must also become a catalyst for social change. They must be in the forefront in the fight against corruption”, says Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “A culture of sound business ethics as an overall strategy and approach to fighting corruption is critical.”
Since February 2012, the tool has had 24,000 online users. Drawing on this success, a French version of the tool was launched simultaneously with the certificate program. Other official UN languages and additional languages, including Portuguese, German and Korean, will follow in the coming weeks. All of these translations have been done voluntarily by companies or UN offices.
“Business has a lot to lose from corruption and has considerable leverage to stop it”, says Mr. Dimitri Vlassis, Chief of the UNODC Corruption and Economic Crime Branch. “With this tool, the employees of companies of all sizes will be better prepared to strengthen integrity in their daily work and contribute to a fair and honest working environment”.
The e-learning tool is publicly accessible and free of charge. The following webpages also contain contact details for companies that may be interested in incorporating individual modules into corporate training programs:
For more information, please contact: Maria Adomeit, Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Implementation Support Section, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch