Fighting corruption in the supply chain

Global business is accomplished through the elaborate networks of the supply chain — the persons, entities and infrastructure that transform materials and human capital into intermediate and finished products and services for customers and consumers. The problem of corruption affects every business in the supply chain and every aspect of business in the supply chain. However, it can be tackled when all actors work together. This guide for reducing corruption risk in the supply chain has been created by the United Nations Global Compact 10th Principle Working Group. The guide is intended for both customers and suppliers. Businesses of all sizes should find helpful guidance and practical tools, although multinational companies (MNCs) may find more information that is of immediate use.

The guide contains an introduction, followed by three sections and addenda. The introduction and first two sections outline the business case for fighting corruption in the supply chain, and provide a framework for customer-supplier engagement on these issues. These sections will be of interest to both strategic executives and to programme administrators and technical personnel. The final section and addenda offer detailed guidance on (i) common supply chain corruption scenarios; (ii) the hallmarks of an effective anti-corruption compliance programme; and (iii) a set of tools for fighting corruption. These sections are directed toward programme administrators and technical personnel.