Could you provide an overview of integrity agreements and any benchmarking work done on these agreements. Please provide (i) examples of integrity agreements used by other donors for consultants, advisors also for the private sector and (ii) an overview of their layout.
Because of the sensitive nature of their work, consultants and advisors may encounter a wide range of ethical dilemmas in the course of their services to their clients. These dilemmas are addressed in the consulting sector with codes of professional conduct. On the client side, ethics clauses or integrity agreements for consultants and advisors can be integrated in the consultancy contracts. While very little information is publicly available from donor agencies on this topic area, examples from other organisations are available. Ethical commitment clauses to be included in agreements typically cover issues of confidentiality of information, prevention of bribery, declaration of interest and a declaration of ethical commitment.
Chêne, M. Examples of integrity agreements for consultants and advisors. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2011) 5 pp. [U4 Expert Answer 284]