Siemens Integrity Initiative: Third Funding Round

Published on 27 January 2020 for The Ethics Institute monthly newsletter

The Ethics Institute was selected as a recipient in the Siemens Integrity Initiative's third and final funding round for the period 2019-2024. We are very excited to announce that two of our major projects will be funded by Siemens for the next five years.Global competition for these grants was extremely tight, and The Ethics Institute was fortunate to receive funding for more than one project. We are grateful and excited for the next phases in these important and ongoing engagements. 

Below are the details of the two projects which will fall under this third and final tranche of the Siemens Integrity Initiative: 

Combating municipal and procurement corruption in South Africa

TEI has extensive experience of working in the local government context in South Africa, and is convinced that an intervention at the level of the political leadership in municipalities is required . To this end, TEI and relevant national government structures, are committed to conceptualising a national code of ethical governance in municipalities. The code should be the outcome of a structured national dialogue and consultation process, should have broad societal legitimacy, and should give practical guidance on the ethical intricacies faced by political and administrative leaders in municipalities. This is the first objective of the project.

The second objective is the implementation of an Ethically Aware Supplier Induction (EASI) training and accreditation programme that will allow small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) to be accredited as ‘Ethically Aware Suppliers’. The aim is to create a network of large organisations committed to utilising ethically aware suppliers, and a network of trainers who will train suppliers in their organisations. The resultant network effect should establish a culture of co-accountability across procurement relationships.

The third objective of the South Africa-based project aims to build capacity in the Gauteng Provincial Government to support municipalities' in their various ethics initiatives. The development of an ethics management monitoring and reporting tool will assist ethics officers to make a bigger difference in their spheres of work. It should also ensure that external oversight of ethics drives an improvement in governance practices in general in local government structures. 

Collective action to advance business integrity in Mozambique

This project focuses on interventions using a 'collective action approach' - in other words, getting stakeholders together in their numbers to tackle cross-cutting issues that no single organisation would be able to address on its own. The purpose is to strengthen business integrity capacity in Mozambique, and thereby reduce corruption in business activities in that country.

The first objective is to initiate and maintain a Coalition for Organisational Integrity (COI) in Mozambique. The second objective is to strengthen ethics management capacity among the participants of the COI by training their representatives on the nuts and bolts of institutionalising business integrity. The third objective is focused on the development and implementation of an ethics and anti-corruption training program for SMEs in Mozambique.