Establish partnerships in two African countries to launch the Ethically Aware Supplier Induction Programme. This is a one-year project aimed at forming partnerships with local partners in four African countries and to mainstream the Ethically Aware Supplier Induction programme.

TEI has crafted an online training module known as the Ethically Aware Supplier Induction (EASI) program. This initiative offers standardised, practical, and captivating training in ethical business practices. Currently, the project is in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact in Kenya and Ghana.

The fundamental premise is that upon successful completion of the training session by a senior executive or manager from an SME supplier, the business attains certification as ‘Ethically Aware,’ demonstrating a comprehensive grasp of pertinent business ethics issues. In accordance with sound business practice and regulatory compliance, companies are obliged to educate their suppliers about their ethical standards, ensuring their adherence.

We firmly believe that the proactive involvement of sizable organisations, often multinational enterprises (MNEs), in promoting robust ethical business practices among their suppliers will serve as a potent catalyst for bolstering good governance throughout the continent.

The Ethically Aware Supplier Induction (EASI) programme seamlessly aligns with the supplier codes of conduct upheld by various prominent companies and also adheres to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The program covers the following key topics:

  1. Conducting business with integrity
  2. Equitable treatment of employees
  3. Societal impact
  4. Environmental responsibility

The Development of a Guideline Document on the Establishment of Ethics Governance and Oversight

In 2016, a consortium of multinational companies established the Coalition for Ethical Operations (CEO) in South Africa. Since its inception, they have been actively committed to upholding a pledge for ethical business practices throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. The CEO’s mission revolves around a series of actions aimed at fostering ethical business conduct and mitigating bribery and corruption across the region. The specific objectives are:

Objective 1: Sharing best practices to champion ethical conduct and prevent corruption.

Objective 2: Advocating for training initiatives for small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers to promote ethical behavior and counter corruption.

Objective 3: Engaging in voluntary and occasional collective actions and collaborations.

This endeavor is supported by voluntary contributions provided by the signatories of the Coalition.

This project seeks to enhance Mozambique’s business environment by combatting corruption and strengthening ethics management, thereby fostering organisational integrity. By adopting a collective action approach and bolstering business ethics capabilities, the project aims to curb corruption in business activities and elevate overall business practices in the country.

Objective 1: Forge a Coalition for Organisational Integrity (COI) in Mozambique, led by multinational corporations, to enhance business integrity awareness. This involves quarterly best practice dialogues and an annual integrity conference facilitated by TEI as a strategic planner and secretariat. Additionally, a sub-forum working group will focus on anti-corruption dialogues within the vital oil, gas, and energy sector.

Objective 2: Enhance ethics management capabilities among COI participants through training in institutionalising business integrity. TEI will conduct baseline assessments to gauge the existing ethical culture and management maturity, serving as benchmarks for assessing project impact.

Objective 3: Develop and implement ethics and anti-corruption training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), targeting COI suppliers, professional associations, and the public sector. This aims to cultivate a network of engaged participants that can foster a culture of business integrity and improve procurement practices between large organisations and SME suppliers. The involvement of Mozambican certified ethics officers will ensure effective facilitation in the local context.

In summary, this project aspires to establish a robust collective action platform, allowing industry leaders to exchange best practices and drive significant improvements in business behavior. The envisioned outcomes include enhanced procurement practices, stakeholder management, and collaborations between businesses and the public sector.

Based on TEI’s extensive experience with local government, it became evident that addressing ethical challenges at the municipal level necessitates an intervention focused on the ethical conduct of political leadership. In collaboration with pertinent national government bodies, TEI conceived an initiative to establish a national code of ethical governance for municipalities. This code aims to emerge from a systematic national dialogue and consultation process, enjoy widespread societal acceptance, and offer pragmatic guidance to navigate the ethical complexities confronting political and administrative leaders within municipalities.

The second objective entails implementing the Ethically Aware Supplier Induction (EASI) training and accreditation program. This initiative seeks to enable SMEs to achieve accreditation as ‘Ethically Aware Suppliers’. The ultimate goal is to foster a network of major organisations committed to engaging ethically aware suppliers, supported by a cadre of trainers who will continue to educate suppliers within their organisations. This approach aims to cultivate a culture of ethical business conduct and shared accountability that extends across all procurement relationships.

The third objective revolves around enhancing capacity within the Gauteng Provincial Government. This will be accomplished through the development of an ethics management monitoring and reporting tool. This tool is intended to assist ethics officers in structuring interventions and enhancing reporting mechanisms to oversight bodies, both at the municipal and provincial levels. By doing so, external oversight over ethics will persist as a driving force for improved governance.

Development of a Whistleblowing First Responder Guide: The guide is designed to support First Responders (FRs) in Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who handle whistleblowing reports. It includes practical guidance on responding to reports, asking pertinent questions, understanding legal protections for whistleblowers, and referring reports to appropriate organisations. Part 1 introduces key terms for FRs and encourages familiarisation before interactions with whistleblowers. Part 2 outlines interaction steps and highlights what FRs should avoid. Part 3 offers essential questions for FRs to gather comprehensive information for investigations. Part 4 summarises relevant legislation on whistleblower protection. Part 5 provides a directory of referral organisations in South Africa to aid FRs in directing reports effectively.

Development of an Anti-corruption Guide & Tools for Civil Society: Our efforts extended to empowering civil society organisations and activist networks with essential tools to effectively combat corruption. Through this initiative, we aimed to strengthen accountability and integrity within communities, fostering a culture of transparency and ethical governance.

The Staff Ethics Awareness Programme for State-owned enterprise

Producing ethics-related handbooks

The Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative (LGELI) was officially launched in December 2020 as a collaborative project involving The Ethics Institute, the National Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), and the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM).

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