The Corruption Perception Index, provided by Transparency International on a yearly basis, informs about the perceived corruption level in all countries. According to this Index, Austria is with 75 point at place 17, Croatia with 49 points at place 55 of 176 countries totally.
According to Eurostat, there exists a notable relationship between the CPI and the perceived independence of the justice system (see chapter 16). Countries with a high share of the population rating the independence of the justice system as ‘good’, such as Denmark, Finland or the Netherlands, also score high in the CPI. Vice versa, countries with less optimistic ratings of the justice system’s independence also tend to have lower CPI scores, for example Bulgaria, Italy or Croatia.
Possible business actions to help achieve this target:
Developing policies and programs to effectively address all forms of corruption. Collaborating with relevant public and private stakeholders to promote transparency and a zero tolerance approach to corruption and bribery.
Understanding anti-bribery and corruption governance expectations from stakeholders and prohibiting bribery in any form whether direct or indirect.
Demonstrating a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and bribery at top management and leadership levels. Being aware of any improper advantage, for example when it comes to obtaining or retaining business.
Adopting adequate internal control, ethics and compliance programs and measures for preventing and detecting bribery.
Communicating the implications of relevant laws to employees through policies and trainings.
Conducting a periodic and meaningful anti-corruption risk assessment.
Recording all incidents of corruption or bribery, and putting processes in place for resolution and remediation. Implementing whistleblowing helplines or processes for employees to report (suspected) incidences anonymously.
Disclosing ultimate beneficial ownership, as well as internal measures to combat corruption and bribery, such as internal training, and the number of incidences/number of resolved incidences.
Requesting suppliers to engage in the above practices, and ensuring that anti-bribery and corruption measures are in place during the procurement process and in supplier due diligence and codes of conduct. Ensuring transparency and traceability and working together with peers and other stakeholders to avoid bribery and corruption taking place anywhere in the supply chain.