The business relationship that consulting engineering firms strive to create with their clients is that of trusted advisor, a relationship that cannot thrive unless the firm acts with integrity towards all of its stakeholders, whether internal or external to the business. This is such a key component of success that integrity, along with quality and sustainability, are the values on which FIDIC is based. Because this is such a key aspect of the health of the consulting engineering industry, FIDIC has been actively developing tools and policies around this issue for many years.
In 1996, FIDIC issued a policy statement as a first step in exploring ways to mitigate the risk of corruption for the consulting industry from corruption. This policy statement concludes that corruption is basically wrong because it undermines the values of society, breeds cynicism, and demeans the individuals involved. It involves more than stealing funds, it amounts to stealing trust. A formal effort to identify specific courses of action that could lead to reduced corruption in consulting engineering began in 1998.
FIDIC has chosen the term “Integrity Management” purposely. FIDIC advocates ethical integrity to fight corruption and an integrated management system as an approach to control and verify its performance in this regard. It begins with a firm’s commitment to a Code of Conduct on behalf of all of its members, and leadership which demonstrates this commitment in a clear and visible way. The CEO must lead in the formulation of the Code of Conduct and in the allocation of resources to the integrity management initiative. There should be no misunderstanding that top management demands compliance to integrity values, and is prepared to take the necessary actions for achieving integrity.
FIDIC’s dedicated Integrity Management Committee (IMC) is tasked with the development of policies, guidelines and processes aimed at better understanding a "managing" risks of corruption. The IMC works with other international organisations to achieve this objective to ensure that there is only one standard used by the industry. The organizations FIDIC works with include the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Transparency International (TI), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Economic Forum (WEF), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) and the United Nations (UN). The IMC liaises with the International Financing Institutions (IFIs) for complementing and supporting their anticorruption initiatives.
Additionally, the FIDIC IMC improves awareness of integrity management within the younger members of FIDIC and the global engineering community as an effective and appropriate method of conducting consulting business. For more information on the IMC terms of reference, please click here.