Thu 4 Oct 18 // Industry Integrity
Transparency International Defence & Security would like to announce the initial phase of the 2019 edition of the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (DCI).
A draft version of the 2019 Questionnaire and Model Answer document is available here. Companies may offer feedback and comments about the draft QMA until 2nd November 2018.
The DCI sets standards for transparency, accountability and anti-corruption programmes in the defence sector. By analysing what companies are publicly committing to in terms of their openness, policies and procedures, we seek to drive reform in the sector, reducing corruption and its impact. The DCI will assess 145 of the world’s leading defence companies across 39 countries. The Index was first published in 2012 with a second edition in 2015, and the latest edition is set to be published in 2019.
The upcoming index will apply a revised methodology and will include some key differences from previous editions. The Questionnaire and Model Answer document can be found here.
After a comprehensive review, the new DCI assessment has evolved and should be read alongside our recent report ‘Out of the Shadows: Promoting Openness and Accountability in the Global Defence Industry’ – which provides greater insight into the theory behind our methodology. Based on consultations with anti-corruption and defence experts, TI DS have identified ten key areas where higher anti-corruption standards and improved disclosure can reduce the opportunity for corruption.
In one the most significant changes to the methodology, TI DS will this year base the research only on what companies choose to make publicly available. The decision to exclude internal information from the evaluation reflects our increased focus on transparency, public disclosure of information, incident response and the practical implementation of anti-bribery and corruption programmes.
Companies for the 2019 DCI have been selected on the basis that:
To see the list of companies selected for assessment in 2019, click here.
Our assessment of a company’s individual anti-bribery and corruption record is based entirely on publicly available information. In particular, we will review the company’s website, including any available reports, for evidence of robust anti-corruption systems, as well as any functioning hyperlinks to other relevant online materials. In reviewing your company’s materials, we will assess the completeness and accessibility of the information, in particular:
Researchers from TI DS will conduct assessments of each company’s public information starting in February 2019, giving companies an opportunity to make any alterations to their publicly available information before the research process begins. The initial results will be shared with your company, after which you will have the opportunity to review the initial findings and suggest any corrections. The final assessments will be published on our website.
A draft version of the 2019 Questionnaire and Model Answer document is available here. Companies, governments, and civil society alike may offer feedback and comments about the draft QMA until 2nd November 2018.
Our recent report ‘Out of the Shadows: Promoting Openness and Accountability in the Global Defence Industry’ provides greater insight into the theory behind the changes to the 2019 methodology.
The questions and model answers for the 2019 assessments are now available at www.ti-defence.org/dci. We welcome feedback from companies, governments, civil society and journalists alike, and we will be accepting feedback on this until the 2nd November 2018. To provide input during this consultation period, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will finalise the methodology shortly after the 2nd November deadline, and research will begin in February 2019 once companies have had some time to make improvements, should they wish to.
Companies, governments, and civil society alike may offer feedback and comments about the draft QMA until 2nd November 2018.
If the relevant people within your organisation did not receive email confirmation of the DCI launch, or if you would like to suggest an alternative point of contact, please email email@example.com or fill in the contact form below.
Yes – companies may offer feedback and comments about the methodology to TI by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback is welcome from all users of the index including governments, civil society, journalists and companies.
If you work for a defence company selected for assessment on the DCI and you have not received information about the upcoming edition, please enter your contact details below:
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