United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the Anticorruption Commission, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Centre for Responsible Business, has developed the Business Integrity Handbook.
As Myanmar continues to reform and open up its economy to the international community and investment, international companies are going to place a high premium on partnerships in Myanmar with business communities that act with integrity and do not engage in corrupt practices.
The handbook encourages and provides guidance to Myanmar companies to operate responsibly, honestly while maintaining moral values. Responsible business conduct helps the long-term interests of Myanmar, based on social and environmental values. U Aung Kyi, the Chairman of the Anticorruption Commission, said, “The Handbook will give companies inspiration to act responsibly, create shared values with communities and government, and contribute toward the ultimate goal - fighting against corruption.”
UNDP recognizes the intimate role the anti-corruption plays ,and how it is linked to poverty. Ms. Dawn Del Rio, Office in Charge/ Deputy Country Representative, explains, “The corruption has serious consequences on economic growth, poverty, inequality, governance, gender inequality, and environment. Anti-corruption is a cross cutting human development issue and requires comprehensive and coordinated approach.” UNDP believes that businesses could play leading role in being transparent and advocating for reforms to tackle corruption.
The development of the handbook was part of the Fairbiz project, which is supported by the UK Government Prosperity Fund, ASEAN Economic Reform Programme.
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