Today marks International Anti-Corruption Day, a day set by the United Nations to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. As the UN itself says:
Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the “start-up costs” required because of corruption.
ACFO is proud to work with its partners, both domestic and international, on this important issue. In championing adequate protection for whistleblowers and working in conjunction with our partners for recognized global standards, we draw on the strength of the reputation of the FI Community. The professionalism of our group gives us credibility to fight for the eradication of corruption at home and abroad. To learn more about the global campaign of which ACFO is a part, please visit http://www.world-psi.org/en/issue/anti-corruption.