New Guideline on how to prevent corruption in supply chains

Companies have increasingly integrated global supply chains. In order to use opportunities, companies must address associated risks.

One of the main risk is corruption, often a driver of human rights violations, circumvention of environmental and quality standards by suppliers. These violations are not only a problem for suppliers itself but increasingly one for the contracting companies.

Principles and standards on what companies should do in order to prevent corruption in their supply chains exist. The challenge often is, how to implement these into daily practice – what are specifc challenges of companies putting these standards into practice? What are possibly solutions?

To offer companies practical guidance, the guideline „Korruptionsprävention in der Lieferkette – Wie Unternehmen mit Herausforderungen umgehen können was established with the help of an expert group consisting of companies and civil society in a structured and moderated multi-stakeholder process.

Goal of the guidelines is to offer practical guidance for companies of how to deal with challenges in implementing anti-corruption measures in their supply chains.

The UMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform supported the establishment of the guideline by the Alliance for Integrity, the Partnership for sustainable Textiles as well as the German Global Compact Network.

The guieline was launched on December 7 in the representative office of the GIZ at a conference at the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day. Representatives from companies, civil society as well as public administration discussed about how to enhance implementation of appropriate measures.

After a panel discussion with representatives from the Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V., Linde AG, MAN SE as well as Transparency International Deutschland e.V. on the topic of “Global Supply Chains – Preventing corruption in theory and practice”, the participants further detailed their discussion in two seperate workshops.

Sebastian Wegner (Senior Coordinator Anti-Corruption and Good Governance Projects) moderated the workshop “Corruption Prevention in supply chains – the most common challenges”.


The guideline and further information can be found here: