Ethics

Learn about ethical obligations and how to develop and implement ethical standards amongst donors, the public and private sectors, civil society and the media.

High standards of ethics are expected in development operations. Individuals need guidelines on ethical conduct from how to deal with conflicts of interest to how to be a whistleblower if they witness wrongdoing. Organisations need policies that regulate integrity in finances, recruitment, discipline and decision-making. Ethics policies are a key part of anti-corruption efforts to build integrity.

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Author: UNODC
Release date: January 2004

The Global Programme Against Corruption: UN Anti-Corruption Toolkit, Third Edition

Read the useful section of the UN Toolkit which sets out clearly the purposes of codes and standards – to instill values, underpin training, provide a basis for disciplinary action and protect employees from the abuse of disciplinary proceedings. The elements of standards/codes are described: provisions on impartiality and conflict of interest, rules for the administration of public resources, confidentiality rules, and additional rules for various categories of official (law enforcement personnel, elected officials, senior politicians, judicial officials, the private sector and journalists). The measures and other tools that are necessary for effective implementation of codes of conduct are also described.

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Author: Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
Release date: March 2002

Recruitment and selection. Navigating the best course of action

This interesting publication aims to guide public sector officials in New South Wales towards the best course of action in situations where the integrity of a recruitment and selection process may be compromised. The publication outlines the main government resources on recruitment and selection and uses case studies to illustrate the ethical dilemmas that can occur in recruitment and selection. It specifically provides guidance for recruitment officials on issues of conflicts of interest, how to maximize the field of applicants, the importance of good record keeping, leading by example, countering undue influence, avoiding perceptions of bias and dealing with ethical dilemmas as a selection panel member.

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