The Week of Integrity is an initiative of ICC Netherlands. ICC is the world business organization. It has been a pioneer in the fight against corruption, issuing its first version of the ICC Rules of Conduct to combat Extortion and Bribery in 1977. ICC also played an important role in establishing the respective OECD and UN Anti-corruption Conventions. ICC is at the forefront of the development of ethics, anti-corruption and corporate responsibility advocacy codes and guidelines, providing a lead voice for the business community in this rapidly changing field.
The promotion of integrity and the debate about ethical standards requires a multi-stakeholder approach. Convinced of the power of combined forces, the first Week of Integrity was held in the Netherlands in 2016. Thanks to ICC vast network in the private and the public sector, civil society and education, it immediately gained a lot of interest. Since 2016, the amount of partners has grown to over 100. To promote further thinking and inspire society, four Integrity books have been successfully published as well. In the Integrity books, experts from various backgrounds share their insights and views on topics related to integrity.
ICC Netherlands’ innovative multi-stakeholder initiative has received widespread appreciation from both the private and the public sector, including that of the G20 Anti-bribery Working group where the initiative was presented as inspiration to others (Mexico, May 2018). The Week of Integrity Foundation was established in order to assure the continuity of the initiative and to emphasize its multi-stakeholder character. In the meantime, the number of countries showing interest in the adoption of the concept continues to rise which gives the initiators great pleasure and inspiration to continue to build a network of individuals and organizations committed to a more honest, fair and transparent world, even across borders.
Week of Integrity Foundation
To uphold the multi-stakeholder aspect and enable further expansion, the initiator (ICC Netherlands) has created a foundation. The Week of Integrity Foundation is responsible for the organization of the Week of Integrity and serves as a vessel for the growing initiative. Its objective is to promote business integrity in the broadest sense, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Since its creation, the Week of Integrity has grown significantly with other countries taking up the concept. The Foundation’s Supervisory Board oversees the policy.