EFCA’s activities are directed at the consolidation and growth of its prestige, authority, and business reputation. Our work corresponds to our values, vision, and mission, as well as to the valuable diverse opinions of others, and we treat our partners with respect. Three of EFCA’s primary values are founded in professionalism, respect, and honesty, which define the work ethic of our staff members.
We are an open and transparent organization, and we do not tolerate corruption in EFCA, or amongst our partners. Any of our staff’s activities that are in any way connected with cheating, falsification of EFCA business documents, theft, embezzlement, bribery, or any other similar activities, are absolutely forbidden. Any organization can be drawn into corrupt activities through its business partners, and therefore collaboration with our partners is important, in order to restrict and lower damages and losses resulting from corrupt activities.
Key Principles of EFCA’s Anti-Corruption Policy
EFCA considers the following unacceptable for itself and for its partners:
- To act dishonestly, with the intention of causing damage or depriving people of their rights.
- To offer, directly or indirectly, any kind of bribe or illegal profit to individual or legal entities.
- To solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any kind of bribe or illegal profit for oneself, or for individual or legal entities.
- To use confidential information, with the intention of receiving benefits/ illegal profits for oneself or for a third party.
- To receive, directly or indirectly, any payment, except in cases where payment is lawful compensation for lawful services.
- To provide any oral or written information that is false, inaccurate, confusing, or deliberately misleading.
- To participate in any corrupt activities within contracts or projects.
- Failure to take appropriate measures to prevent the involvement of partners, contractors, and consultants in corrupt practices.
More detailed information on business ethics for EFCA staff is contained in the EFCA Rules of Internal Labor Regulations.
In order to prevent corrupt circumstances, we recommend that the following conditions for project implementation are observed
Definition of corruption: Violation of the principles of honesty, through abuse of power or influence; influence on a person, for the sake of one’s own benefit or the benefit of another party. Corruption includes such notions as bribery, extortion, fraud, deceit, collusion, abuse of power, embezzlement, money laundering and other corrupt activities.
Contractual terms: All conditions for the provision of services should be clearly defined and stated in the contract. Competitive conditions should be clearly fulfilled in accordance with the demands of those implementing the competition, of the tender, and of procedures for selecting contractors (service providers).
Payment for services: All payment and compensation for contract services should be clearly specified within the contract and should be commensurate with services provided.
Compensation: In case of damages or losses as a result of corrupt activities, the injured party should be compensated by the other party based on expenses incurred.
In case of infringement through corrupt activities, EFCA reserves the right to discontinue its contractual activities, either in full or in part, at any time before contact expiration, after a preliminary formal notification. Upon termination of a contract due to corruption, EFCA reserves the right to work with any other contractor (implementer) for the implementation or completion of services. EFCA reserves the right to claim compensation from any contractor for all additional costs incurred in implementing contract, without infringing on any other laws or guarantees, in carrying out the contract.
EFCA should immediately inform law enforcement authorities about all cases of corrupt crimes.