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World business and civil society leaders: why tackling corruption matters

As heads of government gather in London to discuss next steps in tackling corruption worldwide, leaders from business and civil society tell us why they think more needs to be done.

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Most anti-corruption summits fail. And the words of failure sound very similar to the words of success, in the communiqués and press conferences that follow. In this Manifesto, we are publishing words that mean something. They have been gathered from individuals and institutions around the world, from business and civil society who desperately want this summit to be a success. They represent a plea to the Heads of Government who will gather in London on 12 May 2016, to change the world we live in.

Change needs to happen. As time goes by, it becomes more and more evident that corruption inflicts devastating damage on societies and economies, a cost served on ordinary people and the businesses that underpin economic development. Governments have the power to change that, but not all governments want to. That is the power of this summit. It is a collection of governments that have been gathered together, as a community that claim to want change.

The contributors in the pages that follow give compelling reasons about why the Heads of Government coming to this summit should act now. Reducing levels of corruption creates a better investment climate for business, restores trust in governments and provides security, prosperity and justice for citizens: what's not to like?

I congratulate the UK Prime Minister on having the vision and ambition to convene a summit on what is possibly the world's most enduring political and economic challenge. I join the other contributors in hoping that he and his fellow Heads of Government find the courage to enact the change that people and businesses so badly need.

Robert Barrington

Executive Director — Transparency International UK

The International Anti-Corruption Summit

12th May 2016

Offshore financial centre secrecy
The lack of transparency over financial activity in the world's secrecy jurisdictions
Asset recovery
The process of freezing and seizing assets obtained by corrupt means, and returning them safely, securely and efficiently to the origin country
Preventing corrupt companies from bidding for government contracts
Denial of entry
Preventing corrupt individuals from entering other jurisdictions with total impunity
Corporate beneficial ownership transparency
The full disclosure of the ultimate owner of companies as a tool to tackle corruption and secrecy
Sports corruption and accountability
Ensuring that sports organisations are fully accountable, to reduce corruption in the sector
Law enforcement cooperation
Domestic, regional and international law enforcement agencies working together and sharing intelligence on anti-corruption cases
Tackling professional enablers
Tacking necessary action when professionals — lawyers, bankers, accountants, estate agents — entrusted to protect our systems against corruption willingly facilitate corrupt activity
Open government and open data
A transparency, participatory and accountable government that proactively publishes data in a free, accessible and easily-searchable format
Global health
Increased transparency, integrity and accountability to strengthen health systems and improve global health
International security
Ensure corruption is recognised as a threat to national as well as global peace and security. Building international stability through transparent and accountable defence institutions and responsible companies
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We are grateful to all the authors and contributing organisations within this Manifesto and to the partner organisations that helped to convene this landmark collection of anti-corruption statements from across a wide range of business and civil society leaders. The partners for the Leaders' Anti-Corruption Manifesto are The B Team, Thomson Reuters, the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, the ONE campaign and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

This project is supported by a grant from the Omidyar Network.

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