Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
The federally controlled Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports Germany in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide. It has a set of integrity measures which prohibit all forms of corruption in its internal and external operations.
GIZ's staff members are obliged to ethical and transparent conduct and the omission of all forms of corruption defined in the organization's Code of Conduct (German, English). Violations can be reported anonymously to the GIZ integrity advisor or an external ombudsperson. Several schemes to prevent corruption such as mandatory procedures and responsibilities in procurement, job rotation, increased use of IT-systems and internal and external inspections have been implemented.
When contracts are awarded, the party contracted by GIZ signs an integrity agreement. The objective of the agreement is to acquaint the contractor with GIZ’s integrity system and to oblige the contractor to observe its contents and take relevant precautions. In case of violation the GIZ integrity advisor and the external ombudsperson can be contacted as well. Possible sanctions are the termination of contracts and contractual penalties, e.g. in cases of bribery.
Capacity Development GIZ, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, supports partner countries in the prevention and fight against corruption and promotes the responsible use of funds. Special attention is given to assisting partner countries in implementing the UN Convention against Corruption. GIZ supports anti-corruption commissions and ministries in fostering integrity in public administration, the judiciary and sectors of basic service delivery.
As part of the GIZ's work to engage private sector actors in corporate responsibility, its Business Unit Private Sector Cooperation coordinates the German Global Compact Network. Financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as business, this business-driven multi-stakeholder forum promotes exchange and lessons learned from good practice on human rights, labor standards, environment and corruption prevention.
Alliance for Integrity (Afln)
Alliance for Integrity (AfIn) is a business driven multi-stakeholder initiative between multinational companies, civil society, political organizations and international institutions.
The aim of AfIn is to promote integrity among companies, their business partners and other relevant actors in the economic system. In addition, it contributes to better framework conditions by fostering dialogue between the public and private sector.
Principles of Action
AfIn follows these principles:
- Mutually beneficial partnerships among relevant actors: AfIn takes a multi-stakeholder approach.
- Openness: all companies, institutions and organizations can join AfIn, given they support AfIn’s goals and principles.
- Goal-orientation and utilization of synergies: AfIn builds on and improves existing and proven instruments, formats and initiatives.
Field of Action
In order to achieve its goals, AfIn organizes activities across a range of different levels with diverse target groups and implementation partners:
1. Peer-to-peer learning and international dialogue: AfIn promotes mutual understanding of specific challenges in different contexts and countries, sharing lessons learned based on best practice examples as well as suggestions for anchoring integrity in the organization /company;
2. Public private dialogue: AfIn fosters the exchange between business, civil society and political actors to promote an enabling environment for integrity;
3. Awareness raising and information-sharing across a wider professional audience: AfIn seeks to promote the relevancy and advantages of integrity for business and society, as well as advocate the engagement and support of AfIn through relevant actors;
4. Training and train-the-trainer programs: AfIn aims to improve the compliance capabilities of companies in international supply chains.
To join the Alliance, please download the Letter of Support.