6.4. Investigation of Tolerance of the Employed Staff for Corruption and Unethical Behaviour

 

Having determined the probable of manifestations of corruption risk factors in business activities, it is also important to determine the general attitude of the organisation’s staff to corruption — how widespread this corruption phenomenon is and what is the staff relation with such type of manifestations.[77] For this purpose an anonymous survey of the staff may be invoked.

It is up to each organisation to identify its most topical issues, the information the organisation expects to obtain and the purposes for its use.

 

Usually it is important to assess at least two aspects:

  1. The prevalence of the corruption phenomenon in the organisation.
  2. The tolerance for corruption and bribery in the organisation.

 

The issues reflecting the specified aspects may be placed in a more comprehensive questionnaire, which would contain more questions, or just several specific questions may be specifically asked (as provided, for example, in Annex No. 6 to the Handbook).

 

In preparation of the questionnaire, it is essential that the respondents understand what is expected from them, therefore, it is important to provide clarifications for the concepts of corruption, bribery and corruption prevention.

  • corruption means abuse of the entrusted power to obtain personal advantage;
  • bribe means illegally obtained undue reward, illegal material benefit;
  • corruption prevention means disclosure and elimination of reasons and conditions for corruption by setting-up and implementing a system of appropriate measures, also, an impact on persons in order to deter them from committing corruption-related criminal acts.

 

In order to obtain the answers reflecting the real situation, it is necessary to ensure total anonymity of the questionnaire and to indicate that in the questionnaire itself.

Having performed the business environment analysis and the investigation of the staff tolerance for corruption, an anti-corruption programme could be developed, which would contain specific corruption prevention measures (cases of their application), and the persons responsible for the implementation of individual measures.



[77] More about staff tolerance for  corruption is available here: http://www.stt.lt/documents/soc_tyrimai/Korupcijos_tolerancija.pdf