32A-Integrity has no borders

Corruption is one the most alarming issue that jeopardizes the good functioning of our society. Throughout different kinds of corruption, it can affects not also the well being of the company but also the state. Corruption does not have boundaries and has become mainstream throughout years.
From Buddhist to CAC
Kulvech Janvatanavit really has an a typical story. Five years ago, he became a buddhist for a month, « it was like I was going back to school ». Thanks to this experience he found peace and its own purpose. He then resigned from his job, and allowed himself time for reflection. He discovered a huge issue in Thailand : corruption. He saw that the latter suffers from huge inequalities issues and that corruption has been rusting the system for decades, and despite the fact that people were aware of this, nothing was done to improve the situation. On the international transparency ranking, Thailand is 101, to compare France is ranked 23. According to Kulvech, there is too many regulations but no persecution.
He started to work for the CAC - Thailand’s private sector for a Collective Action Coalition against Corruption -, a private company that aims to promote transparency. To compare corruption, « it is like an evil, and an evil like to be in the dark » , as a consequence the goal to CAC is to put the spotlight in all companies and public sectors in Thailand.
At first, the company was based on an incrementalist method, CAC had to convince companies after companies to follow their lead, and the bigger they were the better. Currently, CAC gathers 264 certified companies, and 855 signatory companies are waiting to be certified - within a limit of 18 months -. In order to entice firms to follow their purpose, they asked already certified companies to nudge their suppliers to pursue the same path. To do so, their are tough criteria (71) to fulfill, so tough that there is only 25% success rate at the first application. This certification gave by CAC aims to various sectors such as pharmaceutical, property development, construction. Moreover, Kulvech emphasizes the fact that the public institutions also need to improve their public services towards citizens. Sometime there is a administrative chaos made on purpose, needing -corrupted- bills to facilitate the procedure.
Awareness and collaboration
Patrick Widloecher tried to tease us on the reasons why we should put in place anti-fraud actions in France. Deontologist at « La Poste », he expresses the fact that since the ratification of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in 2000, no business have been charged. Really surprising knowing that there is four French companies listed in the top ten of the most corrupted firms in the world - Total, Alstom... -.
If the corruption is recognized, sanctions can be financially breathtaking, starting from thousands of euros to millions due to the heaviness of the process. There is also the influence of whistle blowers, where every compromising information are leaked really fast. Moreover, the issue is to protect the state against national laws of other countries that have an extraterritorial reach - tax haven -. As Patrick said, ethic is really important in a company,it represents around 18% of the average grade it. If ethic is embodied within the company, it might impact its growth both in the turnover and the reputation.
Such principles are applied to Patrick’s company. In fact, La Poste applies a « tolérance 0 » guideline. Everyone in the hierarchy is concerned, even tough we are aware that usually the high-ranked hierarchy is the most touched by bribery. Furthermore, we have to be careful on the business ethic, its application must go through sensibilisation campaign, communication, formation so on and so forth. Each year, La Poste sends a survey to a chosen sample of its employees to judge how this campaign improve or influence their behavior during the year. If a case of bribery is discovered by one employee, his abilities to pass the information through his superiors are really accessible. La Poste created a secure application on mobile phone to allow whistle blowers within the company to pass the information with the anonymity guaranteed. There is a real need to create a culture of ethical behavior and integrity to not jeopardize the well being of both the employees and the company.
Adrien Pérot