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Coordinating National Anti-Corruption Initiatives

The ACRC formulates national anti-corruption policies to be implemented at every level of the government. And, it discusses and coordinates government-wide measures designed to prevent corruption in the long term.

Anti-Corruption policy guidelines

The ACRC establishes and promotes anti-corruption policy guidelines early every year. The objective of the guidelines is to encourage public institutions to voluntarily work hard for anti-corruption by providing necessary information for the implementation of integrity initiatives and to ensure that government-wide anti-corruption activities are smoothly implemented by sharing the government’s anti-corruption policy direction.

2017 Policy guidelines

On February 8, at the auditorium of the Korea Railroad Corporation, the ACRC convened the 2017 Anti-Corruption and Integrity Policy Guideline Meeting with audit and inspection officials from 1,300 central and local governments in attendance.

This year’s meeting was held at a time when public demand and expectations for the eradication of corruption was particularly high. It thus attracted considerable attention from public organizations.

At the meeting, ACRC representatives explained a number of policies for gathering the government’s anti-corruption capabilities, building a firm anti-corruption infrastructure, internalizing a sense of integrity in public officials, and strengthening public-private anti-corruption cooperation. It also asked public organizations for their more active cooperation and support.

The key points of the guidelines are as follows:

First, anti-corruption infrastructure must be reinforced, and laws and systems must be improved to better prevent corruption. To this end, an institutional foundation must be strengthened so that the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act can stably take root in our society. The code of conduct for public officials must be revised to include rules that prevent conflicts of interest. Institutional improvements must also be made in corruption-prone areas.
Second, public officials must change their mindset to establish a culture of integrity. The revision of the Act on Anti-Corruption and the Establishment and Operation of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission last year made integrity education of public officials mandatory. As a result, public organizations and training institutes will organically collaborate to improve a supportive system for integrity education, develop and distribute new educational courses and integrity content, and foster lecturers specialized in integrity for a higher quality of education.
Third, government integrity must be vitalized to spread a culture of integrity throughout society. For this purpose, an integrity citizen auditor system must be reinforced, and the integrity cluster, an ACRC consultative group and other public organizations which have moved to the Innovation City, must be expanded. In addition, the Anti-Corruption Guidelines for Corporations will be distributed to businesses to assist their autonomous integrity related activities.
Fourth, corruption and public interest whistleblowing must be facilitated, and policies for fully protecting reporters must be developed. To guarantee thorough investigations of corruption and violations of the public interest, the management of cases referred to investigative authorities must be strengthened. To facilitate insider whistleblowing, targeted areas will be promoted, and the whistleblower protection system will be further reinforced to prevent the disclosure of reporter identities from the earliest stages of whistleblowing.