CHAPTER V ETHICS
Corruption and bribery have become major issues in many governments in recent years. This chapter covers corruption among public officials and discusses how to improve the standard of ethics of government employees.
5-1 Practices and Ethics
Public officials themselves are extremely conscious of the issue of ethics. They know what is prohibited under the code of discipline and exactly what conduct is considered unethical. It is sometimes difficult to correct this entirely, however, when conduct such as this has become a prevalent practice in their office.
・Are you aware of any practices in your office or government which may be considered unethical or open to criticism from the public ?
・How did those practices come about ?
・Why have these practices not been corrected ?
Sheet 74 Different Perceptions of Practices in the Work Place
Many cases of corruption have evolved from a simple invitation to dine with a contractor. There are very few incidents of corruption arising from officials bribing contractors from the outset. A meal with a contractor may spark off a chain of events which escalate and finally result in an official taking a bribe. To prevent corruption, each public official must possess a high standard of discipline and refuse any offer which may be a starting point for corruption.
・To prevent themselves from being seduced by shady offers, what attitude must public officials take ?
・To ensure that their employees maintain high standards of discipline, what points must supervisors take care of ?
Sheet 75 Say No to Corruption
Let's discuss the following case.
Sheet 76 "A Meal with a Contractor"
Sheet 77 Guide to the Case "A Meal with a Contractor"