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The Coalition for Ethical Operations wins the Premier’s Service Excellence Award in Gauteng, South Africa

March 7, 2019

The Coalition for Ethical Operations (Coalition), founded by SNC-Lavalin, won the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards 2019 in Gauteng, South Africa, which recognizes individuals or organizations that have significantly influenced or impacted the ethical environment in the province of Gauteng by demonstrating courage and leadership in combating corruption with action that attracts integrity interest and emulation in other parts of the country. 

The Coalition won the award for progress made through their best practice sharing program, the provision of training and support for Small-to-Medium Enterprises in supply chain management and their cross-border initiatives, all of which promote ethical and courageous behaviour.

“At SNC-Lavalin, we are committed to doing business with the highest integrity standards and to promoting ethics and compliance excellence within our supply chain and SME’s in regions where we operate,” said Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer at SNC-Lavalin. “In line with this vision, the Coalition provides a great platform where we can collaborate with other industry peers and key stakeholders to foster ethical business best practices in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Founded in 2016, the Coaliation was formed in response to the need to find solutions for addressing corruption in the sub-Saharan Africa business environment. The Coalition is funded by SNC-Lavalin and is made up of a group of businesses, local and multinational, that are dedicated to reducing corruption in the region, working in partnership with The Ethics Institute, an independent public institute offering a range of trainings and services related to organizational ethics. 

Members of the Coalition commit to supporting business initiatives focused on promoting ethical business practices and reducing corruption in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this commitment, they sign a pledge in support of the Coalition’s objectives which include the sharing of information and best practices, to support training initiatives, collaborate on common issues and to get other stakeholders involved.

Stuart Kent, General Manager of SNC-Lavalin, sub-Saharan Africa said “We are proud of the contribution that SNC-Lavalin has made to the foundation and growth of the Coalition. Through the ongoing commitment and dedication of Prabashni Naicker, our HR Director and Regional Integrity Officer for sub-Saharan Africa, and co-members of the Coalition, we anticipate further improvements to how businesses deal with corruption in our country and beyond its borders. Congratulations to the Coalition on this prestigious win, we wish them continued success on the journey ahead.”

Since its inception, the Coalition has hosted quarterly meetings with representatives from the member-organizations of the Coalition allowing for a network of support among ethics and compliance officers. In addition, a number of workshops have been held focusing on integrity, and compliance specifically targeting the processes and implementation of such programs. As part of the Coalition’s mission to promote world-class compliance programs amongst its members, it has called on expertise from the African Development Bank and the World Bank Group to participate in best practice sharing workshops held in Johannesburg.

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