Integrity’s Continued Commitment to the United Nations Global Compact
Since 2017, Integrity has been a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. We are committed to furthering our existing efforts to operate according to its spirit and letter. To that end we work with our stakeholders – staff, consultants, implementing partners and clients – to incorporate the ten Global Compact principles into our ways of working.
What is the Global Compact?
The Global Compact encourages and supports businesses to align strategies and operations with 10 universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. It also highlights the role that businesses can play in the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These principles align with Integrity’s mission to help our clients improve the sustainability, accountability and prosperity of the contexts where we work. By incorporating these principles into our strategies, policies, procedures and working culture, we are contributing to a global effort to improve our collective work and the benefit to everyone for whom we work around the world.
Integrity is pleased to share an update on our progress in accordance with the 10 UN Global Compact principles:
Human rights: Integrity places do-no-harm principles at the core of our work. This means that we inform ourselves of the conflict dynamics around potential and future work and how we can be sensitive to it through project design and delivery. Being sensitive to human rights issues is key to these considerations. We consider these issues in the design and application of our codes of conduct for all personnel and partners. We conduct thorough due diligence to ensure that we work with those who uphold the same values that we do. We have codified policies on safeguarding and modern slavery to ensure our staff know how to engage with these issues if they arise. We actively work to protect communities from human rights abuses.
Labour: Integrity upholds the Compact’s Labour principles on freedom of association, collective bargaining, the elimination of forced or child labour and the ability to work without discrimination through our comprehensive policies and positive working culture. These include whistleblowing, anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies as well as recruitment and procurement procedures. Integrity is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We hold ourselves responsible for our personnel’s duty of care in the field and in our offices across the world. These standards guide our due diligence of personnel and suppliers; and our approaches to recruitment, deploying personnel to the field and management.
Environment: Integrity is committed to ensuring we minimise our environmental impact. Through our Environment and Social Impact Policy, we support staff to achieve this through our delivery of projects. This includes conducting environmental and social impact assessments in programme design; conducting thorough supplier due diligence; thorough-project monitoring and impact reviews; and minimising energy use, resource consumption and travel.
Anti-corruption: Integrity’s Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy applies to all staff and suppliers with whom we work. The policy defines what constitutes bribery and corruption, how to act if personnel come across it, and is explicit that we operate at zero tolerance. It also covers issues of conflict of interest, facilitation payments, political contributions, donations and record-keeping.
Our continued commitment
We continue to build on these efforts and improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations. You can see more about our efforts on the Global Compact website.