Ethos Institute and UN Global Compact Launch "Clean Games" Anti-Corruption Project2 May 2011
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São Paulo/New York (UN Global Compact) – The Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility and the United Nations Global Compact have launched a US$ 3.1 million, five-year anti-corruption project "Clean Games Inside and Outside of the Stadium" (Jogos Limpos) to monitor public spending and to facilitate reporting of potential irregularities linked to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Supported by the Siemens Integrity Initiative, "Clean Games" will cover all twelve host cities of the FIFA World Cup, including Rio de Janeiro, in an effort to increase transparency, integrity and social control over the infrastructure investments to be made in the run-up to the world’s two largest sporting events.
More specifically, the project will launch four sectoral anti-corruption agreements with companies from the construction, energy, transportation and health equipment sectors that carry out projects to modernize and expand airports, stadiums, hospitals, transportation systems and other types of public infrastructure.
In addition, “Clean Games” will initiate a transparency pact with governors, mayors and all candidates running for public office in the host cities, seeking public commitments to accountability and transparency in public spending.
Further project funds will be used to develop and share tools to track and monitor recruitment and progress of public works. A project website will guide and help citizens and civil society organizations to exert more effective social control over public spending and monitor the conduct of companies by providing further details about individual projects and by offering a possible channel for complaints.
The initiative will be coordinated by a newly formed National Committee, four national thematic committees and 12 local committees, including representatives of civil society organizations, trade associations and government bodies.
"With their voluntary commitment to prevent and combat fraud, businesses and governments take a clear stand against corruption," said Jorge Abrahão, President of the Ethos Institute and member of the National Committee.
“As the world looks forward to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics in Brazil, ‘Clean Games’ is a welcome collective effort to take a stand against corruption,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We hope this initiative will serve as a blueprint to effectively address the inherent risks of large-scale infrastructure spending in the context of global sporting events.”