Code of Conduct for Anti-Corruption

  • Mon, 14 March 2022

Core and keys responsibility

The Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission is combating corruption as a national cause and is striving hard to develop a clean government and good governance in accordance with the objective of the anti-corruption law. Anti-corruption is very important in designing good governance, as well as making and implementing a code of conduct in organizations and it is necessary for individuals to make efforts to follow the code of conduct as the primary process. The commission is also implementing various ways to create and design a good environment that follows ethics in order to improve dignity and high responsibility in the public administration sector.

Ethical practices

Since the commission was established in 2014, it has been working to prevent corruption with the aim of developing a clean government and good governance and making the public prosperous. Anti-corruption activities are carried out through 3 methods of prevention, investigation, and public awareness. When implementing these activities, the role of the citizen is very important and the ability, integrity, ethics, and right things of government officials also play a major role. Therefore, the commission drafted and enacted a code of conduct which includes six basic principles such as integrity, independence, accountability, transparency, fairness, and inclusiveness, on May 3, 2018, in accordance with international standards.

The staff of the commission followed the civil service law, rules, ethics, regulation, and the commission's code of conduct, which includes clear and precise rules. than others. In addition to the rules, they also adhere to a standard of integrity, gifting practices among employees not only present actual conflicts of interest; As this may be perceived as a conflict of interest, superiors may not accept gifts from subordinates. As an anti-corruption organization, the staffs of the commission office pay close attention to a small case that causes corruption. In addition, efforts are being made to improve the image of the commission through accountability in all actions such as decisions, behaviors, and so on, based on the standards of responsibility. In particular, we are making decisions that will benefit the nation and the people based on ethical standards; impartiality, skill and mutual respect.

Ethics and leadership

The role of leadership is very important in achieving the goals of organizations. Leaders should be able to formulate and enforce ethics within the organization they are responsible for, just as they should observe their own ethics. They must also emphasize and enforce the conduct and behavior of employees in accordance with ethics. As a consequence of ethical leadership, the reputation of the organization can be improved, and the attitude of the employees can also lead to the practice of ethical compliance and improve the image of the organization.

Ethical Values for Civil Service Personnel

Civil service personnel are playing a key role in delivering public service for the interest of the state and its people in accordance with the existing laws and regulations and it becomes an ethical and merit-based civil service only if the civil service personnel elaborate and perform their assigned duties and responsibilities in accordance with core principles of dutifulness, honesty, responsibility, accountability, transparency, inclusiveness, equity, fairness and impartiality, the Union Civil Service Board has announced the ethical values of Civil service personnel directed by Notice No. 43/2021. In the ethical values of Civil service personnel, civil service personnel should stand as people-centered civil service, to be transparent, responsible and accountable, and impartial; it is aimed at upholding ethical values such as being free from corruption and doing things fairly.

Prevention of corruption

In accordance with the provisions of ethical values for civil service personnel, serving the public's needs in a timely manner, following the ethical standards, and acting without corruption with the aim of becoming civil servants who do not accept corruption and the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission and government departments established Corruption Prevention Units as a pilot project starting from March 2019 under only 14 Union ministries, and it has been established under 33 Union ministries and organizations until June 2021.

          The main objective of Corruption Prevention Units is to reduce petty corruption and improve public services. It is conducting the violation of ethics by internal staff; not only to deal with corruption, but also to verify whether there is a code of conduct for the prevention of corruption in the private sector businesses that are related to them by the nature of the business, and not to be mixed up in matters related to businesses that do not have a code of conduct.

Cooperation with the public

According to Section 72 (b) of the Anti-Corruption Law, the Commission has established strong business ethics for private business organizations to prevent and prevent corruption. In order to establish appropriate control methods, on 19.11.2018, Notice No. 14/2018 was announced, which includes 8 basic points in order to formulate ethics in private business organizations and to establish methods to control corruption.

In addition, in cooperation with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce (UMFCCI), the commission signed a "Declaration on Anti-corruption Cooperation" with the aim of being able to fight continuously using justice and democratic methods and develop a code of conduct for all members of the UMFCCI. Similarly, in collaboration with the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business of the UMFCCI, "Ethical business ethics for Myanmar Companies, A Handbook on Dignityā€¯ was also compiled.

Ethics-based Mandatory

As this commission is an organization that has a basic determination and emphasis on ethical integrity according to international standards, it is making efforts to formulate correct ethics and develop good practices of ethical awareness and compliance. As civil service personnel, we need to work together with the public to prevent the spread of corruption and ethical violations throughout the country, based on the attitude of being able to conduct public service activities in accordance with ethics and impartiality. In line with the commission's code of conduct, we encourage people to continue to work together with the people to "remove corruption and promote the prosperity of the country" by upholding ethical standards that are impartial.

 

List of reference books/publications

  Annual Reports of Anti-Corruption Commission

  Code of Conduct

  Ethical Values for Civil Service Personnel

  Business Ethics for Myanmar Companies Handbook of Dignity

Written by Linn Latt

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