More Support From Business Groups
Integrity Initiative is now creating a wider coalition of organizations and companies that want to see a positive cultural change, specifically, in terms of doing business under fair market conditions, promoting ethical business practices, and ensuring that corruption is kept under check as well as not tolerated. Apart from ECCP and MBC, other groups involved are the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines(Amcham), and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Among these five groups, close to 500 companies and organizations have signed the Integrity Pledge. Early this year, other groups that have committed to be part of Integrity Initiative. Loosely referred to as the“Integrity Consortium,” this expanded group include the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), Bishops’-Businessmen’s Conference of the Philippines BBC), Financial Executives Institute of the
Philippines (FINEX), (Institute of Corporate Directors ICD), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry(PCCI), and Philippine Constructors Association(PCA).
Much depends on government for any anti-corruption undertaking. Integrity Initiative, therefore, wrote 35 government agencies in
February to inform them of the project and to solicit their support and cooperation. The letters were signed by Integrity Initiative Steering Committee Chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr., (Chairman, Makati Business Club) and Vice-Chairmen Hubert D’Aboville (President, ECCP) and Felino Palafox Jr. (President, MAP). Addressed to the cabinet secretaries, heads of presidential commissions,
and to President Aquino himself, the letter cited a specific course of action that the agencies can easily implement — transact business only with private sector companies that have signed the INTEGRITY PLEDGE. R
EDUCATION SECRETARY REQUIRES SUPPLIERS TO SIGN PLEDGE
February 22, 2011 was a milestone in Integrity Initiative’s attempt to engage government in the project. In support of the initiative, the Department of Education forged an integrity pact with its suppliers, business partners and civil society groups as a concrete step to address corruption both in government and private sector and set up mechanisms to operate business ethically and with integrity.
In the presence of Integrity Initiative Steering Committee Chairman, Ramon del Rosario Jr, the pact was signed by DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro and the representatives of over 60 suppliers including 39 publishers and copyright owners, seven printing companies, three office supplies and equipment companies, two freight forwarders, four school furniture suppliers, two science laboratory equipment companies, three hotels offering meeting venues, two construction materials suppliers, three sports equipment suppliers and one company offering soil testing services.
SURVEY ON ETHICAL PRACTICES
In preparation for the development of a “Unified Code of Conduct” in the private sector, a survey among Integrity Pledge signatories was conducted for a one month period (February 15-March 15, 2011). The survey hopes to identify areas in organizations that strongly exhibit integrity, accountability, and transparency, as well as areas prone to corruption and unethical practices.
In support of the Integrity Initiative, ECCP spearheaded a running event on 29 May, 2011, Sunday, 4:30 a.m. at the Bonifacio Global
City. Called “I Run for Integrity… Towards a New Philippines,” the activity is envisioned to be a historical running event and a bold move by the private sector as a call for the whole nation to join the run towards a New Philippines – A country that will be known for its Integrity