Beginning of September, the ninth Steering Committee Meeting of the Alliance for Integrity took place. For the first time the meeting was carried out online to ensure the participation of all members of the Steering Committee around the globe despite the current situation.
Starting the event, representatives from the regions pointed out key activities of the initiative that happened within the past few months. One of the main highlights was the first Integrity Marathon on the topic of “Integrity in Private Procurement in Times of Crisis”, which spanned all continents and counted with over 1.300 participants from 34 countries. As a global initiative, the exchange of experiences, ideas and best practices between the regions is at the heart of Alliance for Integrity. Thus, the successful implementation of different interregional exchange formats, including the International Panel Series on “Shaping a Sustainable Business Post Covid” and the Interregional Exchange Series between Ghana and Latin America on Compliance, were also highlighted. Expanding the outreach of the initiative’s activities, a new hub in Quito, Ecuador has been installed that will further strengthen the visibility of the Alliance for Integrity in the region. Another key topic was the promotion of a gender-specific approach in all compliance efforts. In line with this, the new topic page on gender and corruption was launched and the important work of Women in Integrity (WIN) in Indonesia was continued. In addition, the Knowledge Between Peers Working Group was established in Brazil and the Regional Working Group Latin America launched a new publication on “Ethical Dilemmas in Times of Crisis”. Summing up the work of the last months Carolina Echevarria, Regional Manager for Latin America of the Alliance for Integrity, explained how the initiative had to adapt its strategy and respond to partner needs despite the current restrictions. A main aspect was the digitalisation of the DEPE business integrity trainings and all other activities.
Besides celebrating the main achievements of the past months, the ninth Steering Committee Meeting had two main objectives that were successfully accomplished: to present and approve the new By-Laws and the Business Plan for the global activities of the initiative until 2022.
The new By-Laws represent an important milestone in the path towards a sustainable future for the Alliance for Integrity. They were thoroughly discussed in a specialist working group with members of the Steering Committee, which after several feedback rounds decided on this last draft version.
Reforming the governance structure of the initiative ensures that all national hubs are equally represented in the International Steering Committee, that voting is transparent and that all relevant stakeholders, from the public and private sectors as well as civil society, are represented as decision-making bodies, both at the regional and global level.
The business plan focused on the six action areas defined in the Vision 2025 of the initiative, which are: to continue empowering SMEs to enhance their competitiveness; to provide tailored capacity-building activities for different sectors; to be recognised as the eminent global platform for integrity-related stakeholder dialogues; to extend integrity-related capacity building to other stakeholders (e.g. government and academia); to promote incentives for integrity; and to become a leader in using digital solutions to promote integrity. All of these make sure that the initiative can continue generating impact in the regions and globally towards anticorruption and integrity.
Both the By-Laws and the Business Plan were unanimously approved by all members and the new virtual format was considered a success.
The Steering Committee consists of representatives from the private sector, civil society, and the public sector, enabling a multi-stakeholder approach to all the decisions made in the Alliance for Integrity. The organisations represented at the Steering Committee Meeting were: Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), The Basel Institute on Governance, the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Cisco Systems Inc., the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Merck Group, METRO AG, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Persé Chihuahua, SAP SE, Transparency International Germany e.V., Traton SE, UN Global Compact Network Germany and India, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Vesta. Together with the local Advisory Groups, the global Steering Committee composes the Governance Structure of the initiative. The Steering Committee meets twice a year. One of its main functions is to provide guidance for the initiative’s operations.
Author: Beatriz Osorio Garabosky