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The ACTS project is co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union


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December 12, 2017

SUPPORTING SMEs AGAINST CORRUPTION

In occasion of the International Anti-corruption Day 2017, the partners of the European Project ACTS, in collaboration with the Belgian Ministry of Economy and the International Chamber of Commerce in Belgium organized the event "Supporting SMEs against corruption", to discuss with EU insitutions and  stakeholders the tools and actions to be taken from European SMEs to prevent corrution.

Anti-corruption manual and Toolkit

The aim of the Anti corruption Manual and Toolkit is to provide a reference to micro and SMEs operating in Europe to set up suitable instruments to prevent and combat corruption; in addition, it provides guidelines for identifying adequate measures to combat corruption in this rather particular, yet fundamental segment of the European market.

The volume is divided into three parts. The first one is a short analysis of the European context in which micro and SMEs operate; it focusses on those countries that have taken part in the project and have been the object of the toolkit experimentation. The second part illustrates the self-assessment tool developed by the ACTS project. This instrument adopts a logic of prevention, highlighting size, sector, and potential risks and operating positions, in order to prevent corruption via suggested internal as well as external control measures. The third part, linked to the self-assessment tool, proposes a series of practical and ready-to-use anti-corruption measures.

The appendix provides special guidelines to understand the regulatory framework of reference to anti-corruption laws and details of the competent authorities to receive notification of corrupt acts in the countries involved in the project.

For successful adoption of the measures in this volume, it is suggested to undertake consultation with employees, trade unions or other workers' representative bodies in order to become familiar with the national legislation of the country in which the company is based.