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International Anti- Corruption Day Dec- 9 – What can you do ?

BREAK THE CHAIN

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People often think that they are at the mercy of corruption and that it is just a “way of life”. However, every society, sector and citizen would benefit from breaking the chain of corruption in their everyday life. Here are some examples of how you can break the corruption chain:

The private sector can fight corruption and…

Strengthen democracy…

Foster economic stability by enforcing zero-tolerance practices towards corruption.
A transparent and open business community is a cornerstone of any strong democracy.

Promote justice…

Enact policies covering gifts, supply chain, whistleblowers and other key corruption issues, educate all employees about them.
Employees will work better if they feel confident that they are operating in a fair and just environment.

Support education…

Fund education programs and ensure that they are fairly administered.
Supporting a strong education system through donations and advocacy is a good investment for the future.

Bring prosperity…

Strictly enforce anti-corruption measures and use independent auditors to ensure compliance. Introduce “anti-corruption strategies” into the social dialogue (see Trade Unions).
In the private sector, corruption increases the cost of doing business through the added “tax” of bribes, the additional management cost of negotiating with corrupt officials, and the legal and financial penalties of breached agreements or getting caught.

Safeguard development…

Adhere to rules on fair competition.
Corruption can shield disreputable companies from fair competition, thus allowing inefficient firms to survive and distorting the marketplace.

Improve
public health…

Ensure that companies providing healthcare follow international good practices to provide services and supplies that benefit all
Allowing fake medicines to enter the market for reasons of greed, for example, can endanger a whole society.citizens and do not turn a “blind eye” to corrupt public sector practices in favour of profit.

Trade unions can fight corruption and…

Strengthen democracy…

By negotiating decent wages for public officials.
Ensuring that public servants are paid a decent wage, that they have money in their pockets, goes a long way in the fight against the temptation of lining those pockets with a bribe.

Promote justice…

By defending whistleblowers.
Protect those who would put their lives and their livelihoods at risk to expose the corrupt and to bring them to justice. More people will come forward when they see it is safe to expose corruption.

Support education…

By monitoring the integrity of education systems.
Our teachers not only teach and care for our children; they protect the honour of the very system that we all depend on for our kids.

Bring prosperity…

By introducing anti-corruption strategies into the social dialogue and partnering with the business sector to ensure zero tolerance for corrupt practices.
A corruption-free business environment is more appealing not only to employees, but also to potential customers.

Safeguard development…

By mobilizing the trade unions’collective voice and bargaining power against corruption. Protecting and enhancing fair and transparent societies through collective action greatly aids development and reduces poverty.

Improve
public health…

By fighting for fair wages, good working conditions and improved service delivery for health-care workers.
Health-care worker trade unions can improve the health-care system and working conditions of workers making them less vulnerable to corruption. They can also help root out corruption by adopting a zero tolerance approach among its members.

Everybody can fight corruption and…

Strengthen democracy…

By informing themselves about the rule of law and what their Government has pledged to do to fight corruption.
Being part of an informed citizenry is not only vital to a healthy democracy: it holds elected officials responsible for their actions.

Promote justice…

By reporting incidences of corruption to the authorities.
By coming forward, you not only stand against the corrupt, you also stand up for your community.

Support education…

By teaching children that corruption is unacceptable. Parents can teach their children the value of integrity.

Bring prosperity…

By refusing to pay or accept bribes, facilitation fees or gifts.
Rejecting illicit rewards for work done or to be done sends a strong message not only to those who would attempt to solicit favours, but also to those working with them.

Safeguard development…

By telling elected officials that fighting corruption should be an integral part of all development policies. Reminding those you put in office that they represent you, your community and your ideals, at home and abroad, is not only your right, it’s your responsibility.

Improve
public health…

Demand easy access to transparent health-care information, for example on the services citizens are entitled to and their costs.
Access to basic health care is a right of every citizen. Knowing your rights and asking the right questions are all part of being a responsible citizen.

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