Siemens Integrity Initiative

The Ethics Institute has been deeply involved in the first two funding rounds of the Siemens Integrity Initiative since 2009. Our projects have taken place in South Africa, Mozambique and Angola. Business networks and individual businesses seldom have the appropriate expertise to implement internationally developed anti-corruption and good governance guidelines, standards and initiatives, and are often unaware of their existence. These long-term, deep-change projects aim to capacitate African business networks with the skills to implement anti-corruption initiatives and good governance practices.

Gauteng, South Africa

The project aims to fight corruption in Gauteng Province by providing thought leadership to the existing provincial Collective Action Initiative, capacitating municipalities to fight corruption, and addressing anti-competitive business practices

The project aims to address corruption in the Gauteng Province of South Africa in three ways:

  • Firstly, The Ethics Institute will provide ongoing thought leadership to the Gauteng Anti-Corruption Forum – a newly launched Collective Action anti-corruption initiative involving government, business, civil society and labour. Its purpose is to explore synergies to consolidate anti-corruption efforts across the various sectors, focusing on specific risk areas.
  • Secondly, The Ethics Institute will collaborate with nine municipalities in the province to strengthen their ethics and anti-corruption management capacity. This will include setting up necessary governance structures and assisting the municipalities during the first few years of implementation of their ethics management programs. Various projects will be undertaken, from the development of leadership involvement to the setting up of an ethics-based policy environment and the institutionalising of ethics programs. A key outcome is the development of a technically competent and dedicated cadre of Ethics Officers to drive these programs forward.
  • Lastly, the Ethics Institute will create information and training resources for encouraging fair and competitive behaviour.

Some useful and informative documents that reflect the trajectory of our engagement:

Presentation to Gauteng Legislature Foum 2017 - photograph     Municipal Ethics Champion Learning Morning agenda - 2018     

Public Sector Manager magazine article about award - 2018


Mozambique

The project aims to fight corruption in Mozambique by capacitating the private sector to implement anti-corruption initiatives and good practices while building local ethics management capacity. The project aims to reduce corruption and facilitate clean business and fair market conditions in Mozambique.

Initially, the project focused on the provision of technical assistance in the implementation of corporate ethics standards within the private sector in Mozambique. Activities build upon and extended the scope of the good governance standards already in existence, for example, the Code of Corporate Governance and the Code of Ethics for Business.  Based on the anti-corruption training experience gained during the work carried out in South Africa, the Ethics Institute will create a similar local ethics, anti-corruption training and advisory capacity for the public sector, as well as the private sector in Mozambique. The capacity-building approach of The Ethics Institute vis-à-vis its partner organisation IoDMZ in Mozambique enhances the sustainability of this Initiative.

Ultimately, a Collective Action approach is most suitable when addressing corruption problems which cannot be tackled by one party alone as there are always two or more parties involved when corrupt practices occur. This is why the Ethics Institute will engage with a number of companies who are concerned about cross-border corruption when entering the Mozambique market, as well as with companies deterred from conducting further business in Mozambique.

Some useful and informative documents that reflect the trajectory of our engagement:

Business breakfast event 2015 - photograph     Cocktail networking event 2016 - photograph     OCAM seminar 2016 - photograph     

 Annual Awareness Event in Maputo photographs - October 2017     Awareness event 2017 - media placement     

Ethics Management Workshop in Maputo Brochure - 2018     CBRTA Cross-border awareness flyer 2019     Cross-border programme February 2019

OCAM Newsletter featuring Ethics Awareness Training - April 2019     ACIS Conference programme May 2019

 

Angola

The project aims to capacitate African business networks with the implementation of anti-corruption initiatives and good governance practices.

Business networks and individual businesses seldom have the appropriate expertise to implement internationally developed anti-corruption and good governance guidelines, standards and initiatives, and are often unaware of their existence.

Other challenges in the anti-corruption field relate to making impacts felt at the ground level and creating platforms for the private and public sectors to engage on corruption challenges and Collective Action solutions.

  • This project will attempt to address these challenges and to build local capacity in two countries. In Angola, the focus will be on Collective Action initiatives in the private sector with the aim of enhancing ethical business practices and good governance standards. This should improve the investment climate and enhance the ease of doing business in Angola.

Some useful and informative documents that reflect the trajectory of our engagement:

Changing the way for Angola - 2011 Article     Press release 2012     Journal de Angola article - 2012    Progress report - Centro de Etica - 2016