Anti-corruption is at the heart of sustainability. As corruption permeates the political, economic and social spheres of communities and countries, the stability and security of individual countries and of the international community are threatened and there can be few prospects for development and prosperity. Specifically, corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals, undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. Evidence also shows that corruption hurts poor people disproportionately and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.
The 2022 International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) seeks to highlight the crucial link between anti-corruption and peace, security, and development. At its core is the notion that tackling this crime is the right and responsibility of everyone, and that only through cooperation and the involvement of each and every person and institution can we overcome the negative impact of this crime. States, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, academia, the public and youth alike all have a role to play in this.
With this in mind Bertling has asked its worldwide employees to confirm their commitment to anti-corruption Bertling Logistics by reaffirming our Values and Code of Conduct. We also set a challenge for everyone to just take a moment to think what action you or the company could take to further combat bribery and corruption and support ethical sustainability, and share those ideas with me and Stephanie so that they might help us support and develop our ESG and sustainability offer.
We would like to thank our employees for their ongoing commitment to ethics and compliance, all the best to everyone and stay safe.