The private sector’s role in combating and preventing corruption continues to be essential and is widely recognized by government, civil society and companies themselves, with the spread of corporate anti-corruption compliance programs in recent years presenting a clear response to the acknowledged responsibility of the private sector. Whilst this is a positive development it is not enough to tackle corruption in particularly challenging markets and sectors. In this regard, Collective Action seeks to further level the playing field through applying concerted, cooperative strategies against corruption.
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The High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM) has received increased attention in recent months, making it worthwhile to take stock of developments surrounding the tool as well as supporting items for their implementation. Developed by the Basel Institute on Governance in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Transparency International, and promoted during the 2012 G20, the HLRM seeks to address corruption from the ‘demand’ side, essentially solicitation and extortion of companies from public officials.
This summer will mark two years since the ICCA Conference "Collective Action: Going Further Together to Counter Corruption." Despite increasing attention being given to Collective Action, the appearance of promising new initiatives from around the globe, and its continued presence as a topic on the international anti-corruption conference circuit, strengthening and evidencing the business case are key to ensure greater take-up and buy-in. The ICCA remains deeply engaged with this discussion. As a preview to upcoming announcements on the topic, this blog piece returns to one of the key messages that emerged from the 2014 event, a topic which in the months since remains no less relevant today: what is the business case for anti-corruption Collective Action?