Global Compact Network India (GCNI), in furthering the UNGC’s 10th principle on Anti-Corruption, implemented the Collective Action Project (CAP) from 2011 – 2014. The project in a phased manner took up the pressing corruption issues in Indian context, in the spheres of public procurement, bribery and fraud, supply chain transparency and sustainability, transparency in sports and sports related hospitality, and facilitated Business-Academia dialogue in the country. CAP India was instrumental in bringing diverse stakeholders on a common platform and the journey continued subsequently through the “Strengthen Ethical and Transparent Corporate Governance Practices and Further Responsible Development” Project supported by UK Prosperity Fund India Programme.

The learning that GCNI derived while implementing activities under these projects is that ‘one size fits all’ approach would not work in the country as diverse, challenging, yet full of opportunities and market potential such as India. The solution lies in providing a neutral platform of learning and knowledge exchange to these stakeholders, thus improving upon individual stakeholder practices apart from providing collective recommendations to the policymakers that emerge from various deliberations. “Furthering Responsible Development” is not an agenda of an individual or a particular stakeholder organisation rather all individuals and organisations have to work in perfect synergy so as to have a desired measurable impact.

GCNI thus established the Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) in March 2015 with an overall goal to “develop a premier knowledge repository that conducts innovative action research & training, provides a platform for dialogue & communication, and facilitates systematic policy initiatives for strengthening transparency and ethics in business”.

The activities of the GCNI CEGET are centered along following three objectives:

  1. Develop pragmatic approaches around the 10th UNGC principle to challenging business decisions through creation of a Knowledge Hub.
  2. Provide enabling platforms to businesses, policymakers, civil society, industry associations, UN agencies and academia.
  3. Improve organizational decision making through a stakeholder management framework that integrates transparency and integrity.