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Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business Project

Effective February 01 2010, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) approved a grant to the Hills Program on Governance for a one-year project to promote integrity and accountability in business.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To strengthen awareness and understanding of the social and economic costs of corruption among Philippine businesses and to generate their support for anti-corruption efforts

  • To strengthen the ability of small- and medium-sized Philippine enterprises to prevent corrupt and other unethical behavior among their employees

The core activity of the project consisted of a series of anti-corruption workshops and focus group discussions for small and medium-sized businesses on strategies for combating corruption in communities across the country. Other activities included soliciting anti-corruption pledges from businesses, developing this website and preparing a reference manual for SMEs on operating a business without corruption.


The Hills Program on Governance

The Hills Program on Governance seeks to develop an agenda that promotes good governance at the intersection of the private and the public sectors, confronting corruption and encouraging accountability. Its main emphasis is on conducting rigorous research and analysis, facilitating sectoral and regional dialogue, and developing educational tools to improve governance today and empower those who will ensure good governance tomorrow.

The Hills Program was officially inaugurated on 4 September 2003 under the auspices of the AIM-Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility. It was created with funding from the World Bank, the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic & International Studies - a Washington D.C.-based non-partisan policy research institution, and the AIM-RVR Center for Corporate Responsibility. When the C.V. Starr Chair in Corporate Governance was spun off from the AIM-RVR Center for Corporate Responsibility and made into an autonomous center, the Hills Program was made part of the new C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance.

Roderick M. Hills, the founder of the Hills Governance Program, is a former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a leading advocate of effective corporate governance. He also has held distinguished lecturer positions at the Harvard University School of Law, the Yale University School of Management, and the Stanford University School of Law.

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