Integrity Pact in India: Glancing Back and Looking

Author: GCNI & Transparency International

Transparency International’s Integrity Pact is an important tool to help to create a level playing field for business and reduce the costs associated with procurement. The goal of the Integrity Pact is to reduce the chances of corrupt practices during procurement through a binding agreement between the procuring agency and bidders for specific contracts.

The primary objective of the Integrity Pact is to support companies who refrain from bribery by providing assurances that (i) their competitors will also not bribe, and (ii) that the procurement, privatization or licensing agencies are committed to preventing corruption, including extortion, by their officials and to follow transparent procedures. A secondary benefit is that governments can reduce the high cost that corruption imposes on public procurement, privatization or licensing.

Understanding the Demand & Supply Equations of Corruption & Fraud

Author : GCNI & Thought Arbitrage

It is an in-depth look at about 100 major corporate fraud that have occurred in India’s private sector over the past 15 years, and puts forth practical solutions that would be useful for corporate houses to both prevent, as well as manage, corruption and fraud.

Governance of Smart Cities


CEGET has been actively working on the smart cities mission in India to promote transparency in governance of smart cities in India.

Governance of Pune Smart City

Discussion in progress at the 1st Quarterly Meeting in Pune

Discussion in progress


Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) and Global Compact Network India (GCNI) –

GCNI – PSCDCL Scope of Work –

Subsequent to the signing of MoU with Pune Smart City in June 2016, GCNI engaged in a series of meetings with the team of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) to finalise a detailed scope of work and road ahead for the Smart Cities Mission for the city of Pune.

Simultaneously GCNI also engaged in formal MoUs with its Knowledge Partners – Legasis Services Private Limited (LSPL) and VMC Management Consulting Private Limited (Vision360).  GCNI procured the preliminary information regarding list of projects covered within the purview of Pune Smart City area.

In the second quarter worked picked up steam with interventions directed towards actual projects.

In the third quarter, a group meeting with the CEO/Commissioner and other representatives of PSCDCL/PMC along with our knowledge partners was held in Pune in April 2017. During the meeting, the tools developed on Governance Compliance and Procurement named Legatrix and CARAAR, along with the public private partnership (PPP) framework for developing and implementing the smart city initiative in Pune, were some of the main issues that were discussed and deliberated upon.

Promoting Business Case for Transparency in Smart Cities

In June 2015 Government of India launched a 100 ‘Smart Cities Project’ and 98 cities have been identified for the city challenge competition in August 2015. The key objective of this project is to improve the infrastructure of the identified cities to efficiently identify and govern the increased urban population, which is expected to hold 40% of India’s population by 2030. The significant differentiator in this initiative is that instead of a top-down approach, the citizens of urban India have been invited to contribute in the formulation of development versions of their cities.

The achievables/deliverables that are desired out of the concept of smart city are as follows:

  • Adequate water supply,
  • Assured electricity supply,
  • Sanitation, including solid waste management,
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport,
  • Affordable housing, especially for the poor,
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization,
  • Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation,
  • Sustainable environment,
  • Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly, and
  • Health and education

With the aim of promoting pragmatic approaches around 10th UNGC Principle that states Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency facilitated discussions in Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Pune, Bhubaneswar, and Ranchi to advocate for a business case for transparency in smart city development.

Global Compact Network India – 12th National Convention - 2017, New Delhi

UN Global Compact Network India organises every year its flagship event National Convention. Rotated round the country, this year, at New Delhi the National Convention, 12th in its series was held on 28th April 2017. The GCNI National Convention coincided with the UN Global Conference held on 26-27 April 2017 held also in New Delhi. This year, the theme of the Convention was “Making Global Goals Local Business”.  There is a broad consensus that governments alone will not be able to meet the targets set by the SDG goals.  Thus, under this theme, the objective of the convention was to encourage the Corporate Sector to work towards the achievement of some of these ambitious SDG goals There are key roles that government departments and agencies need to play in order to ensure that businesses can operate efficiently and assist in meeting the targets set by the SDG goals by the year 2030.

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White Paper - Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India


Procurement is an activity of finding, acquiring, buying goods, services or works from an external source, through tendering or competitive bidding process. It is an integral part of governance and financial management system of any country and it accounts for a substantial amount of global and national expenditure. In India, estimates of public procurement vary between 20 percent of GDP (WTO estimates) to 30 percent of GDP (OECD estimates).  Its importance can be highlighted by the fact that some of the important ministries of the Government of India such as the Railways, Defense and Telecom devote almost 50 percent of their budget to procurement. As a result, a properly designed and implemented procurement law is long overdue that could improve the financial management and bring large financial and governance benefits in the short and long run.

Advocacy Around Public Policy and Recommendations

Post the Procurement Consultation in New Delhi in June 2016, various engaging discussions were held with different department of the Government of India in relation to GCNI White Paper and proposed business recommendations.  GCNI team members met senior functionaries of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance; Trade Policy Division, Ministry of Commerce; and Niti Aayog to share the business inputs on the Public Procurement Bill and seek guidance on way forward.