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Business ethics

Published February 1, 2010

In addition to legislation and international conventions, SINTEF bases its business ethics on Transparency International’s concepts, and on the principles that form the basis of the UN Global Compact. SINTEF is a member of both these organisations.

Transparency International
Transparency International (link) was founded in 1993, and its main purpose is to combat every form of corruption, and to promote transparency, responsibility and integrity in the public and private sectors and in civil society. You can read more about TI Norway (here: link to websites). TI publishes several reports and indices which illustrate the state of corruption in various countries and industries. These can be useful for assessing potential partners. In 2009, TI Norway published an anti-corruption handbook (link to this).
The legal basis for anti-corruption may be found in Section 276 (a-c) of the Norwegian Civil Penal Code (link). Norway has signed ‘The Civil Law Convention on Corruption’, and is legally bound by ‘The UN Convention against Corruption’, ‘The Criminal Law Convention on Corruption’ and ‘The OECD Convention against Bribery’. You can find links to these on TI Norway’s website.

UN Global Compact
Global Compact (link) is a worldwide initiative. It was started after an initiative by Kofi Annan in 2000. Almost 8,000 companies of many different types in more than 130 countries are now involved in this initiative. Participating companies undertake to follow Global Compact’s ten principles (link), to strive to influence the companies they work with to do the same, to submit a report on the company to Global Compact every year, and to participate in activities that promote these ideas. Global Compact has a Nordic network, whose secretariat is currently based in Finland (link). The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) is the contact point for this in Norway. Global Compact is responsible for a number of worldwide reports, events and other initiatives.