International Forum on Transparency and Competitiveness in Curitiba, Brazil
5 - 6 November 2013, Curitiba, Brazil - UNITAR affiliated training center – CIFAL Curitiba -, in collaboration with the Federation of Industries of the State of Parana (FIEP), hosted the International Forum on Transparency and Competitiveness on the 5th and 6th of November in Curitiba. The Forum provided a platform to discuss the topic of anticorruption within the framework of the private sector.
Corruption is an issue that affects both society and local development. In the business environment, corruption also affects competitiveness. The best examples of combating corruption come from some of the most competitive countries in the world, such as Singapore, New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland. Those are countries with low levels of corruption and high levels of competitiveness. In contrast, countries with lower levels of competitiveness retain a higher placement in the corruption ranking.
Although in recent years, many anti-corruption movements have emerged worldwide, the private sector seems to have shown little interest in the matter. With the realization that there was a need to engage the private sector in fighting corruption, the UN Global Compact launched a Call for Action in April 2013 with the objective of ensuring that our global future will be based on ethical business practices and good governance.
In line with this Call for Action, this International Forum brought about the global agenda on anticorruption and promoted knowledge exchange between the private sector and other sectors. It focused on the potential damage that corruption brings to the private sector and the tools that can be applied to define the role of business towards combating corruption.
During the opening session of the Forum, the winners of the Anticorruption Poster Competition were announced. The Competition received 124 applications.
Watch the summary of the opening session (video in Portuguese, 4'32").
Photo 1: The panel speakers at the opening session
Photo 2: One of the winners of the Anticorruption Poster Competition received an award (second from left)