The Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower together with the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime yesterday (Tuesday) held a workshop aimed at developing generic codes of conduct for the private sector.
BOCCIM and DCEC have been working in conjunction with the Human Rights and Development Trust of Southern Africa (HURIDETSA) to develop the code of conduct. The project is expected to fit into the broader frame of the Business Action Corruption (BAAC), which was launched in Johannesburg in October 2005.
HURIDETSA is made up of a number of business and anti corruption agencies in Southern Africa. Each partner organization is instrumental in driving various aspects of the project. HURIDETSA’s main role is to support the development of generic codes of conduct, and eventually aim for a standardized regional approach both in the development and implementation of these codes.
The initial process began in Botswana, where a template code was developed. It is the intention of DCEC and HURIDETSA to expand the process by reviewing all the existing codes for the private sector in order to develop a code that can be replicated throughout the SADC region.
“This collaboration is crucial in creating ethical practices and standards in the business society.
Codes of conduct for the private sector are commitments made by the organizations encompassing standards and principles in the conduction of business activities. These codes often create competitive advantages, strengthen product and service quality and promote good ethical corporate citizenship” read a statement from BOCCIM.
A consultant has been engaged to prepare a draft code of conduct for the private sector in Botswana.