The Blue Company project is an initiative of volunteer corporations and institutions who have the public interest at heart with the objective of encouraging companies to fight corruption in all its forms.
Corruption is a scourge that affects the allocation of resources in our country resulting in increased cost of doing business, stunted development, widening income disparities and inefficient service delivery.
The private sector has recently sponsored the proposed Bribery Bill in parliament whose objectives include extension of the fight against corruption and provision of specific requirements for private entities to adopt bribery prevention procedures. The private sector must do its part to help the Government and Civil Society in fighting this vice.
The formalities of becoming a registered Blue Company are very simple. There are only three requirements:
1 The CEO or Managing Director (MD) to write to each employee informing them that no one is allowed to give or take bribes in any form.
2 The CEO or MD will declare that all donations, gifts and favours given or received by the Company or any employee should be declared and official
3 The Company, through its CEO or MD shall have a declared policy of being free from practices of favouritism on grounds of Tribe, Gender, Religion, Colour or Creed etc.
Certification would require that your auditors confirm that the above three requirements have been met. Alternatively, if your Company already has in place policies that address these criteria, registration can be completed by having your auditors certify that the policies have been disseminated within your organisation and all your employees are aware of them.
Registration on the above criteria, will be carried out on an annual basis free of cost. Once certified, your Company will be able to use the Blue Company logo in your advertising, printed materials and premises in line with the Logo Policy. If the Company or any of its employees is involved in any form of corruption that, in the opinion of the Advisory Board of the Blue Company Project, requires de-registration of the Company as a member, the Company agrees to:
In all such matters, the decision of the Advisory Board will be final and incontestable. A Blue Company will also give preference to another Blue Company in business dealings including purchasing and use of their services. A Blue company also has the privilege of referring other organizations to become members.
1. Inclusion within a large group of respected entities who, with the public interest at heart, are visibly taking a stand against the scourge of bribery and corruption.
2. Unique opportunity to transact, compete and grow business on a level playing field that rewards business merit.
3. Regular publicity.
4. Strong association.
5. Straight-forward and free of cost registration.