December 9, 2016 is the United Nations’ International Anti-Corruption Day, a day to remind us all of the disastrous impacts of corruption.
WhistleB is proudly supporting this day through the WhistleB Anti-Corruption Day competition. And today we are very pleased to announce two winners who each will receive a free world-leading Whistleblowing service for two years.
Winner 1 – East African Portland Cement Company Ltd, Kenya
The East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) is Kenya’s leading cement manufacturer.
Their winning entry led with this quotation:–
“When you hold a public office, you do it in trust for the people. When you therefore use it to serve self interests, you have betrayed the people who entrusted that office to you”
We fully agree with our winner. However, what we were most impressed with is the organisation’s clear commitment to stamping out corruption. They established an Ethics and Integrity office in 2012 to build anethical culture, promote accountability, and improve governance in the organisation. Further, the fight against corruption is viewed as everybody’s responsibility. This is evidenced by the fact that Corruption Risk Assesments (CRA) are carried out and Corruption Mitigation Plans (CRMP) have been put in place in all departmetns, and sensitisation programmes targeting 700 employees are carried out annually.
The EAPCC has recofnised that the fight against corruption is a long, and all encompassing endeavour.
Winner 2 – Linus, Essop & Associates Forensic Services, Cameroon
The second well-deserving winner, Linus, Essop & Associates Forensic Services, is a company that helps customers identify and solve fraud, corruption, financial irregularities and other related issues.
The jury was impressed by the importance the company places on having a whistleblowing system to illustrate to all stakeholders – investors, employees, customers and suppliers – that they are committed to honesty, clear communication and combatting corruption in all its forms.
Further, the company sees the implementation of a whistleblowing system, not only as a risk management or compliance tool, but also as a strategic service that will enable the company to achieve its long-term mission.
Congratulations to the winners
And a big thank you to everybody who took the time to send in an entry. It’s clear that many organisations who understand the responsiblity to “...firmly reject corruption and embrace instead the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance. ” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General.
Tougher laws and a growing demand to follow up ethical guidelines were the drivers for launching the WhistleB service and establishing the global knowledge centre for whistleblowing – the Whistleblowing Centre – in 2012. Our focus from the start has been on providing the most user-friendly and secure service on the market.