The Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Benchmarks
The Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Benchmarks were published in April 2021. They were produced by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with GIACC and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). They were developed in consultation with representatives of the African Union, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Commonwealth law ministries, anti-corruption agencies, and partner organisations. Catherine Stansbury, Co-founder, and Director of GIACC, is the principal author of the Benchmarks.
The Benchmarks contain good practice anti-corruption measures. They are intended primarily to help governments and public sector organisations assess their anti-corruption laws, regulations, policies, and procedures against international good practice, and implement appropriate improvements.
They address corruption across key areas of the public and private sectors which are either important for combatting corruption or which are vulnerable to significant corruption. In relation to each key area, the Benchmarks promote the concepts of honesty, impartiality, accountability, and transparency and provide for specific anti-corruption measures.
The Benchmark measures are designed to be achievable, practical, and auditable. They provide a holistic and interlocking system that aims to reduce and deal with the risk of corruption in the public and private sectors.