Melbourne Model Pilot
Preventing Corruption and Unethical Behaviour by Working Together

Context

In 2008, the City of Asker engaged in the Cities Programme. The engagement was led by the Municipality of Asker with a focus on exploring the issue of anti-corruption and unethical behaviour, consistent with the tenth principle of the Global Compact. More specifically, Asker was interested in learning about the community’s understanding of corruption and ascertaining how the municipality and key organizations could work collaboratively to measure corruption and prevent it in the future.

Locally and globally, societies suffered as a result of corruption and unethical behaviours in the public, private and civil sectors. As more organizations established systems to assess and manage risks of fraud and corruption, a key question remains: how can we measure the effectiveness of these systems to prevent fraud and corruption, and how can we rate how resistant an organisation actually is?


Actions

A Local Secretariat was formed in Asker that included representatives from civil society and the private sector. There was a shared mutual interest to improve the community’s awareness of corruption and unethical behaviour, which was considered to be a common social responsibility.

The Local Secretariat sought to do the following:

  • Elicit and combine ideas, knowledge, experience and resources;
  • Engender interest in and legitimacy for the project within the activities and in the local community; and
  • Contribute to transparency, confidence, orderly relations and co-operation.
To establish a baseline for the project, Asker used the Fraud and Corruption Resistance Profile (FCRP). The FCRP was developed by DNV, an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment. The FCRP was an assessment system for measuring the resistance (or resilience) of an organization, company or entity to the effects and impacts (on profitability, long-term value, reputation and internal culture) of fraud and corruption over time.