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March-03 Corruption Postings


 Republic of Korea Hosts 11th International Anti-corruption Conference


The 11th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) – a key event of the anti-corruption calendar - is being held in Seoul, South Korea from May 25-28th 2003. The conference theme, “Different Cultures, Common Values” is being addressed by high profile speakers such as Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and in workshops ranging from the highly topical private sector governance to technical issues of law enforcement and measuring corruption.  

The UNICORN project is represented on the IACC Programme Committee. Annie Geron, General Secretary of the Public Services, Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), the Philippines, is speaking in a plenary session on Profits with Integrity and a member of the TUAC Secretariat is expected to contribute to workshops on international instruments. It is hoped that other trade unionists will be involved in workshops on private sector governance and privatisation

Further information, including registration details, can be found at http://www.11iacc.org/.


Bribery Watch – Evidence on French-owned companies


The OECD is monitoring the progress of its Anti-bribery Convention. Signed in 1999, it requires all OECD countries to criminalise the act of bribing a foreign public official. Four years later there have still been no prosecutions in these countries - although a court in Lesotho has convicted Acres, a Canadian engineering multinational, for bribery. The OECD is holding hearings to assess what progress its member states are making. The next country to be reviewed is France, on 23-27 June 2003. If you have any information on corruption allegations involving French companies, or would like to know more about the OECD Convention, then contact UNICORN or visit the OECD Convention pages of its web site.


Combating Corruption: Protecting Whistle blowers


Whistle blowers – those who expose malpractice or misconduct in the workplace – act as guardians of the public interest. It is essential that whistle blowers, whether they work in the public or private sector, are protected from retaliation through legislation. UNICORN has produced a comparative review of national and international - whistle blower protection legislation to support trade unions that are campaigning for whistle blower protection legislation. Other key references can be found on the UNICORN web site.


Reports and Sources


UNICORN is writing reports and compiling a range of sources of interest to those working to hold corrupt multinational companies to account, which are all accessible through its web site.


Trade Union Network Contact Points 


UNICORN works with Network Contact Points (NCPs), who provide the basis for information exchange. If you would like to be an NCP - or to nominate one – and are an affiliate of TUAC, ICFTU, PSI – or any other ITS, or an associated research body - then please complete this form.

UNICORN is a joint initiative of the TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and Public Services International (PSI) - part of the Global Unions family.

UNICORN is managed by PSIRU, a research unit specialising in critical research into public services, restructuring and privatisation worldwide: www.psiru.org/corruption; corruption@psiru.org

UNICORN is financed by the Wallace Global Fund