Building Ethics in the Public Service

Alan Doig, Derek Elliot, Bruno Wilhelm Speck, Brian Grainger, Roxana Salazar, Jose Coinderau, Josef Zielenec, Stan Potts, 10th IACC, Workshop report, Civil Society

 

Chair:
Prof. Alan Doig, Liverpool Business School, United Kingdom

Panellists:
Derek Elliott, District Auditor, United Kingdom,
d-elliott@district-audit.gov.uk
- Auditing Ethical Environments
Brian Grainger, Ethics Consultant, Canada,
ethics@globalserve.net
- Ethics and Values; Implementing the Canadian Experience
Prof. Bruno Speck, academic, State University of Campinas, Brazil,
bws@unicamp.br
- Measuring the Performance of Audit Bodies
Roxana Salazar, President, Transparency International Costa Rica,
rosacam@amnet.co.cr
- Devicing Effective Codes of Ethics
Minister Jose Coinderau and Prof. Roberto Garza-Leonard, Nuevo Leon State Government and University of Monterrey, Mexico,
robgarza@udem.edu.mx
- The Commitment, Honesty and Good Government Program, Nuevo Leon State Government
Dr. Josef Zielenec, Senator, the Czech Republic,
macekl@senat.cz
- The Czech Experience
Stan Potts, former Head, US Office of Government Ethics,
steve@ethics.org
- The United States Code of Ethics

Derek Elliott focused on the role of organisational culture as the framework within which staff can learn of, and identify with, the conduct that ensures an ethical environment.

Brian Grainger outlined the role of values and ethics material for underpinning the principles of ethics in everyday official life. Drawing on the case study of the Immigration Department of the Federal Government of Canada, he described the production of an overall ethics document and code, and associated booklet as part of an integrated framework. He emphasised the regular use of practical case study examples for staff development programmes.

Bruno Speck presented his findings from his research on state audit institutions which, given their independent and regulatory functions, often provide the main means for state accountability. In comparing Brazil, US and Germany, he noted variations in (i) costs of the institutions, (ii) appointments of staff, (iii) percent usage of audit staff, (iv) delays in presenting accounts, and (v) application of sanctions.

Roxana Salazar discussed the work performed by Transparency International Costa Rica on analysing codes of ethics in the public and private sectors. She argued for the need for a generic code that was both accessible and effective. Such codes require a broader context, including the use of education programmes and awareness from both sectors for implementation.

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