'Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain'
'Integrity is one the most important virtues of a society that gives life to other human values'
'Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching'
What is integrity and why is it so important?
Integrity and ethical behaviour are important in all corners and at all levels of society. On an individual level, integrity means being able to justify what you do; it is doing what is right in all circumstances, even when no one is watching. Integrity is vital to establish trust among both personal and business relationships and therefore creates a reputation of reliability and fairness. Organisational integrity goes beyond managerial integrity; it requires that messaging, actions, policies, leadership align around positive principals that everyone within the organisation supports. Integer individuals and institutions build trust and create a society that is not only more inclusive and fair, but also economically more productive.
The Week of Integrity is the annual multi-stakeholder initiative that facilitates knowledge sharing and stimulates the debate on integrity, together with a wide range of partners from the private and public sector, and educational and civil society institutions.
Ramifications of fraud and corruption
Integrity and anti-corruption are two sides of the same coin. Corruption threatens the integrity of the market, does harm to public confidence, increases income and wealth disparities, undermines the rule of law and has a substantial monetary cost to society. Bribery in business transactions distorts fair competition, leads to a loss of transparency and increases costs.
Week of Integrity 2021 starts in
It is time for action
Actively promoting integrity and ethical behavior makes the world a fairer en better place.
More impact together
Joint action by organisations from the private and public sector, and educational and civil society institutions is necessary to make an impact. Knowledge sharing is at the heart of the Week of Integrity.
Let's expand the network
More and more countries are using the Week of Integrity as a vehicle to raise awareness on the importance of integrity and ethical behavior in their respective countries.