New website to fight corruption launched
February 5, 2011
BUSINESS owners in Pangasinan — big, medium or small — can help in the fight against corruption in government by logging on to newly-launched website www.businessesfightingcorruption.org.
The website, a project under The Hills Program at the Asian Institute of Management, is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for all information relating to business ethics and anti-corruption.
A main feature of the website allows for business owners and managers to report incidents in which they paid a bribe to a government official.
The website does not ask for names involved in the incidents as the information will not be used to target individuals nor will the reports be investigated. Rather, the aggregate data will be used to map out corruption vulnerabilities that could be the subject of reform efforts, as well as to assist businesses in managing risks.
There is also a forum section on the site for posting comments and seeking advice from others on how to address corruption risks.
The website also features a downloadable copy of the Integrity Pledge under which businesses agree to abide by ethical business practices and support a national campaign against corruption.
In addition, the website also contains anti-corruption resources, including relevant laws, sample codes of conduct, and hotlines for reporting corruption.
The website is part of a project to promote integrity and accountability in business being implemented by the AIM Hills Program in collaboration with the Makati Business Club, the Management Association of the Philippines, the Coalition Against Corruption, the European Chamber of Commerce, and the American Chamber of Commerce.