OECD Public Integrity Handbook

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The OECD Public Integrity Handbook provides guidance to government, business and civil society on implementing the OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity. The Handbook clarifies what the Recommendation’s thirteen principles mean in practice and identifies challenges in implementing them. The Handbook provides guidance on improving co-operation within government, as well between the national and subnational levels. To build cultures of integrity across government and society, the Handbook details the core elements of a merit-based human resource management system and the key ingredients of open organisational cultures. It also clarifies government’s role in providing guidance to companies, civil society and citizens on upholding public integrity values. Moreover, the Handbook unpacks how to use the risk management process to assess and manage integrity risks, and highlights how to use the enforcement system to ensure real accountability for integrity violations.

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Corruption hurts all of us. It leads to the wrong policies, wastes public resources and undermines confidence in governments’ ability to serve the public interest. Many trust indicators show the complexity of this problem. For instance, the recent Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that only 30 per cent of respondents agree that government serves the interests of everyone. Such findings speak to the related problems of corruption and highlight a key governance failure that requires proactive and decisive leadership from governments.

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