20. December 2018

The Integrity app: an innovative tool to support SMEs in sustainable compliance

Globally operating companies increasingly feel the pressure to ensure their compliance and integrity standards are maintained throughout their supply-chain. This has led to a transfer of pressure all the way down to the weakest link, the small and medium-sized businesses. As a result, many small and medium-sized business supplying large international companies are faced with unreasonable demands when it comes to their compliance programs that neither reflect their business environment nor their risk profile. How can global players move from demanding to supporting their supply-chain in developing a sustainable compliance program that fits their needs and risks? 

TheIntegrityApp, which was launched by the Alliance for Integrity at the beginning of 2017 tries to close this gap by providing a one-stop-shop online platform where companies can track their levels of compliance based on a questionnaire developed in line with international standards and receive an immediate status report and recommendations on how to improve. Further, the platform is a reliable source of information, provides tools, workshops, and webinars and even offers consultations and implementation support. In cooperation with the Brazilian Ministry for Transparency and Comptroller General of the Union (CGU), the Alliance for Integrity adapted TheIntegrityApp for the public sector. Changes include a self-assessment tailored to the specific needs of the public sector and a set of targeted tools and resources. The app has over 1300 users and is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia. 

By bringing together multinational companies with civil society the Alliance for Integrity not only contributes to lifting the level of compliance for small medium-sized businesses but also works towards a more transparent robust and reliable business environment overall, a win-win for all parties involved. 

The Alliance for Integrity is a business-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative seeking to promote transparency and integrity in the economic system. To achieve this goal, it fosters collective action of all relevant actors from the private sector, the public sector, and civil society.

The Basel Institute on Governance works closely with the Alliance for Integrity on issues of anti-corruption Collective Action. The association is featured on the B20 Collective Action Hub.

The B20 Collective Action Hub is a platform that facilitates policy dialogue and peer learning, has gathered data on over 120 Collective Action Initiatives and through a repository of publications and tools informs and builds knowledge on the topic of Collective Action. 

Scarlet Wannenwetsch

Senior Specialist, Collective Action
+41 61 205 56 75