In 2005, the King of Bhutan decreed the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as a response to the rise of corrupt practices in its business sector following the emergence of the country in the international stage. The ACC was given a mission “to eliminate corruption through leading by example, achieving excellence in partnerships, and mainstreaming anti-corruption strategies/measures in public/private organizations.”
In June 2014, the country launched its National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy which was created to establish effective integrity infrastructure to combat private sector corruption. Under this strategy, the ACC engaged the assistance of Trident CEO Dr Mark Lovatt – then working with Transparency International Malaysia – to develop the basic elements of an effective private sector integrity programme (PIP).
The programme was designed to deal with issues of corruption in the private sector and drew on Dr Lovatt’s experience with combating corruption in Malaysia during his time with Transparency International Malaysia. The programme’s design was also supplemented by international research and the global TI network.
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In Phase 1, Trident worked with the ACC to:
- Create materials that lay the groundwork for future development of the PIP, including:
- Corporate Integrity Pledge programme
- Business Code of Conduct
- Materials for training and resource packets.
- Review of Bhutan’s use of Integrity Pacts and integrity contract clauses
Trident worked in partnership with the ACC to produce resource which would later be used to engage with private sector and conduct training. Dr Lovatt travelled to Bhutan in December 2015 to meet with ACC officials and private sector representatives, as well as to conduct training on the developed materials.
Phase 2 is currently being developed by Trident.