Manila Roundtable Discussion with SMEs
On October 6, the Hills Program on Governance ran its first anti-corruption roundtable discussion (RTD) for this year at the Soriano Hall of the Asian Institute of Management. Entitled “Cultivating a Culture of Integrity: A Roundtable Discussion with SMEs”, it aims to identify and assess the progress, if any, of previous SME training participants and Integrity Pledge signatories in preventing bribery and implementing anti-corruption measures in their respective businesses/organizations using a compliance questionnaire.
The RTD also engaged the participants to share the facilitating and hindering factors that they have experienced in pursuit of an anti-corrupt and ethical business culture. In summary, the RTD revealed that anti-corruption training is made even more effective by an individual or company's pro-integrity policies. In the case of Aquarian Marine Supply Inc. / Cocoplus Acquarian Dev. Corp., the firm conviction of values connected to religious beliefs enhanced the SME's resilience to corruption in their business transactions. Furthermore, constant reminders and strict disciplinary actions within the company can help prevent corruption in business transactions.
Director Clavesillas of Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (DTI-BSMED) gave the welcoming remarks. Among the participants were the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), Philippine Institute for Supply Management (PISM), Aquarian Marine Supply Inc., and Bayani Consulting Network.
The RTD is part of the Center's Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business Project Phase III, which is funded by the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.