“Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.”
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)’s 10th Principle against Corruption
Business Integrity and anti-corruption are key pillars in realizing a sustainable, equitable, competitive and inclusive ASEAN. When businesses choose to embrace integrity as a part of their corporate culture, they become exemplars of best business practices for achieving success by adhering to the highest ethical standards. By encouraging businesses all over the region to take a stand against corruption and put integrity in the forefront of their corporate values, the ASEAN business community can collectively dispel the myth that corruption is part of the regional business culture, thus fostering an environment that encourages fair competition, positive development, and inclusive growth.
Against this context, with the support from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UKFCO), the ASEAN CSR Network initiated the Regional Working Group on Business Integrity in ASEAN with the objective of providing a platform for enabling the private sector collective action against corruption in ASEAN. Established in September 2014 on the occasion of the Integrity Summit in Manila, Philippines, the Regional Working Group currently comprises 7 members from 6 ASEAN countries who have strongly committed to fight against corruption through collective action on advocacy and capacity building:
1. ASEAN CSR Network;
2. Integrity Initiative (Philippines);
3. Indonesia Business Links;
4. International Chamber of Commerce – Malaysia;
5. Singapore Compact for CSR (now Global Compact Network Singapore);
6. Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
7. Private Sector Collective Action Coalition against Corruption (Thailand).
The Regional Working Group recognizes the UNGC’s 10th Principle against Corruption, the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and other internationally accepted principles and norms. With support from the UKFCO, and partners such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Global Compact, the Regional Working Group will take the lead in promoting the adoption of business practices that uphold integrity and transparency, which are imperative to achieving and sustaining growth.
The Regional Working Group members have committed to jointly and separately contribute towards eradicating corruption in respective countries and at the ASEAN regional level through, but not limited to, the following commitments:
1. To promote and implement anti-corruption and integrity initiatives that enable businesses to operate more responsibly and ethically;
2. To cooperate with one another in the areas of sharing information, best practices, and technical resources;
3. To work together towards developing a common strategy and framework for action against corruption in ASEAN for the private sector.
18 September 2014: The Regional Working Group was founded in Manila, Philippines, by 6 organizations who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Regional Cooperation against Corruption in the ASEAN Business Community. The 6 founding organizations are ASEAN CSR Network; Integrity Initiative (Philippines); Indonesia Business Links; International Chamber of Commerce – Malaysia; Singapore Compact for CSR; and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
19 September 2014: The establishment of the Regional Working Group was announced at the 4th Integrity Summit in Manila, Philippines.
11 November 2014: The Private Sector Collective Action Coalition against Corruption of Thailand, represented by Thai Institute of Directors, joined the Regional Working Group as the 7th member