Although Transparency International UK (TI-UK) advocates across a broad range of corruption-related issues the priority objectives for the coming year are:
- Prevent corrupt individuals from hiding their stolen money in the UK
- Ensure that cross-government coordination on anti-corruption is fit for purpose
- Reduce corruption in UK politics through reform of the rules on lobbying
- Increase accountability and transparency in the defence and security sectors and the global arms trade.
The UK Government departments that we expect to meet with or write to during the course of the following year are the Home Office the Cabinet Office, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, HM Revenue & Customs, and the Department for International Development. All formal letters sent to the UK Government are uploaded to the publications section of our website. Our Revolving Door policy can be found at the bottom of this page.
TI-UK supports the following bodies and groups: Publish What You Pay, the Scottish Alliance for Lobbying Transparency, the Bond Anti-Corruption Group Civil Society representation to the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Multi Stakeholder Working Group, the OGP Civil Society Network, Control Arms and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Anti-Corruption. TI-UK has signed a memorandum of understanding with the APPG on Anti-Corruption which outlines the nature of our support. It is available to view here.
Revolving Door (post-employment conflicts of interest) policy
TI-UK believes that exchanges of expertise and information between public and voluntary sector can make a positive contribution to the public interest. However, TI-UK also believes that the so-called Revolving Door can at times lead to conflicts of interest, and that these need to be appropriately identified, managed and mitigated. As a charity, TI-UK has an obligation to operate in the public interest, and we expect that decisions made about conflicts of interest should always be resolved in favour of the public interest.
Employees and consultants are expected to follow these guidelines:
- At minimum, those who work for TI-UK should follow both the spirit and the letter of any post-employment obligations placed on them by a former public sector employer.
- TI-UK requires its employees to operate to best practice standards in this area.
- In principle, employees from the public sector should not be involved in seeking to influence their former department (or equivalent) for a period of time after leaving. The time period will depend of the level of seniority of the post held while in public office, and will be agreed with the employee at the start of their employment with TI-UK, taking into account whether any such influence might reasonably be considered to be in the public interest.
- If an employee or consultant has concerns about how to act in any given circumstance, they should refer the situation to the Executive Director.