Collective Action to Foster Probity in Construction

The launch of Building a Clean and Fair Construction Industry Through Collaboration: Anti-Corruption Summit and Commitment to Action Agenda by the Construction Industry Council (CIC), Development Bureau (DEVB) and Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) saw the approximately 2,100 leaders, company directors, managerial staff and practitioners of the construction industry taking part.

The event, held on 4 May 2023 at the CIC-Zero Carbon Park at Kowloon Bay with live-streaming, sought to advance awareness of corruption prevention; integrity management; probity and corruption prevention measures in the sector.

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Representatives of trade associations, professional bodies and trade unions pledged to comply with the Integrity Action Agenda to proactively combat corruption and illegal ‘referral fees’.

According to Ir Thomas Ho, Chairman of the CIC, the city’s development in the coming 10 years is expected to create business opportunities to the tune of HKD300 billion for the construction industry. Thus, all loopholes that might lead to corruption and malpractices should be eliminated to achieve greater equity and transparency in the near future.

Corinna Wong, Director of Community Relations of the ICAC, added that a clean and fair working environment will help retain technical talents; attract newcomers; inject new impetus; and create a sustainable future. To enhance capacity in resisting corruption and non-compliance, she called on the industry to actively participate in the Integrity Charter 2.0 and adopt the Integrity Management System by implementing relevant policies, trainings and risk management. —Construction+ Online

Source: Construction Industry Council