For many Belgian companies operating abroad, corruption creates real difficulties and is one of the most complex problems they face. The fight against corruption does not only involve business, it is a moral duty to society as a whole. Corruption represents a major obstacle to economic development and the eradication of poverty, worsening the consequences of economic and social inequalities.
Recently, the government of Belgium published an anti-corruption guide for Belgian enterprises overseas. With this brochure, Belgium wants to raise awareness among companies doing business in international markets for goods and services, by warning them of the many risks and their consequences. It is also about providing them with practical tools and concrete examples to deal with corruption as well as possible ways to help them establish their own code of conduct. Responsible Management implies a clear distinction between allowed practices and unacceptable practices. The management of the company must adopt a clear position on this matter
The brochure is available in Dutch, French and English on the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Kuala Lumpur: