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Advocate Peace and Stability with #SDG16 – [GSC 17/17, Week 16]

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The Global Challenge
Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost US$1.26 trillion for developing countries per year, enough to relieve all people of extreme poverty for six years. Goal 16 also addresses peace and fragility, the rule of law, and quality of governance, all of which affect business’ operating environments.
Your Business Opportunity
Conflict and instability pose risks to all parts of the business sector. Anti-corruption engagement increasingly is being used as a litmus test for the overall quality of companies’ business practices and management. Firms also stand to benefit from working with community leaders and other stakeholders to create trust and transparency, thus reducing risk.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 16
SDG 16 calls to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
SDG 16 addresses: reducing violence, ending violence against children (including trafficking), promoting rule of law and access to justice, reducing illicit flows and combating organized crime, reducing corruption and bribery, developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions, ensuring inclusive, representative decision-making, and ensuring public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms.
  Identify Conflict and Governance Challenges in your Supply Chain

Worldwide Governance Indicators
 The World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators Project (WGI) informs companies in maintaining lists of Permitted Sourcing Countries. The project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for 215 economies over the period 1996–2014, for six dimensions of governance: Voice and Accountability; Political Stability and Absence of Violence; Government Effectiveness; Regulatory Quality; Rule of Law and Control of Corruption. Disney removed Pakistan from its list of Textile Raw Material providers in 2014, reportedly using the WGI. Learn more.

Global Compact Local Networks
The UN Global Compact’s Local Networks enable members to ensure local ownership of issues related to peace. Companies are invited to work alongside participating Local Networks to advance peace in: Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.
In Colombia, the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá helped to launch the Business for Peace Working Table, which seeks to build collective participation and learning. Learn more.
Rule of Law Index
The 2015 Rule of Law Index from the World Justice Project shows how each country scores and ranks on eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice. Learn more.
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Good Governance for Extractive Industries
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network provides a variety of resources on good governance of extractive and land resources. Learn more.
Six Ways to Promote Transparency and Accountability
The UN Global Compact reports that companies are increasingly taking action to stop corruption. It suggests the following six steps to promote transparency and accountability in your company.
  1. Commit: Make anti-corruption part of your company culture and operations. Show your employees, customers and suppliers that your company has a zero-tolerance policy on bribery & corruption.
  2. Assess: Know your risks and prepare for them. Recognize opportunities to improve your business by improving compliance.
  3. Define: Define what success means for your company. Develop goals, strategies and policies and get buy-in from colleagues by clearly showing the importance of these policies.
  4. Implement: Make anti-corruption programmes and policies integral throughout your company, including your value chain.
  5. Measure: What gets measured gets done. Monitor and measure the impact of your anti-corruption policies to identify what’s working and what still needs work.
  6. Communicate: Consistently communicate your progress to stakeholders, always striving for continuous improvement.
Your company can also join UNGC’s Anti-Corruption Working Group and sign the Anti-Corruption Call to Action.
Reporting Guidance on Anti-Corruption (10th Principle)
This principle, that “Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery,” is considered the most difficult to implement. The reporting guidance from Transparency International aims to help businesses achieve it. Learn about Transparency International.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 16

Apple
Apple audits all of its suppliers for the use of “conflict minerals” that may support militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It says the supply chains of its iPhones and other products includes 242 smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, and auditing 100% of these suppliers is aimed at ensuring that no conflict minerals are used, while making a positive impact in the smelters’ communities.
According to Bloomberg, only a few companies fully audit their supply chains for conflict minerals. To reach a fully audited supply chain, Apple had to remove 35 smelters from its supply chain because they objected to the audits; “we felt they were at risk of continuing to buy metals from armed groups,” according to Apple. Learn more.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies
Business for Peace
Business for Peace is a platform of over 130 leading companies from 37 countries working to catalyze collaborative action to advance peace. Members can manage business risks and reduce operational costs, share best practices, and demonstrate leadership. They also commit to pay heightened attention to implementing the UN Global Compact Ten Principles in high-risk and conflict-affected areas. Learn more.
Business Action Pledge in Response to Refugee Crisis
The Business Action Pledge in Response to the Refugee Crisis encourages the private sector to support existing efforts and provide solutions to widespread societal disruption. Launched by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in partnership with the UN Global Compact in September 2015, the Pledge calls on companies with operations or supply chains in countries that are producing, transiting and receiving refugees to determine how to best support, based on their own assets and capabilities. Share your company’s actions.

UNDP Innovation Labs
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working to devise low-cost tools to address corruption and build peace. Learn more.
Colombia: Vodaphone and Microsoft
Working with Vodafone, Microsoft and other companies, UNDP crowdsourced ideas for innovations to support the peace and reconciliation process in Colombia. The project supports initiatives on: drones for mine clearance; a crowdfunding platform for financing rapid responses for peace; peace education in conflict-affected regions; and Obras de Paz, a job matching platform for ex-combatants specialized in the construction sector.
Papua New Guinea: MobiMedia and Digicel
An estimated 40% of PNG’s annual budget is lost to corruption and mismanagement. These Australian telecom companies partnered with UNDP to develop an SMS-based reporting system that allows civil servants in PNG to anonymously report corruption. The “Phones against Corruption” initiative was tested with 1,200 staff in the Department of Finance, leading to the arrest of two public officials for fund mismanagement of over US$ 2 million. The service may be expanded to Fiji, Bangladesh, and other countries.
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