In this update:
- Everyone backs whistleblowing laws. So why are we still waiting for them?
- ‘F’ for Aid Transparency
- The business case for fighting corruption
An article, by TI Australia Director, A. J. Brown, published on the Sydney Morning Herald website (2.10.12) notes that ‘Whistleblower protection has been a long time coming for Australia’s federal public sector. But finally, possibly, 18 years after it was first recommended, it’s going to arrive.’ He goes on to discuss how whistleblower protection will be delivered and why it has taken so long.
The Transparency International blog notes that ‘According to an index released by Publish What You Fund, four out of every five aid agencies that were assessed scored 60 per cent or lower for their levels of transparency. This included whether or not they published their total aid budget, annual report and procurement policies.’ Australia scores 58% (in the ‘Poor’ category) in the 2012 Aid Transparency Index.
With countries under pressure to create growth and jobs, especially for the young generation just entering the job market, dealing effectively with corruption is not only an ethical imperative, it is an imperative for the well-being of the economy and society. In its most recent survey of business people, Transparency International reports that nearly 80 per cent of respondents from businesses around the world believe that their companies have an ethical responsibility to fight corruption.