The OECD Public Integrity Handbook provides guidance to government, business and civil
society on implementing the OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity. The Handbook
clarifies what the Recommendation’s thirteen principles mean in practice and identifies
challenges in implementing them. The Handbook provides guidance on improving co-operation
within government, as well between the national and subnational levels. To build cultures
of integrity across government and society, the Handbook details the core elements
of a merit-based human resource management system and the key ingredients of open
organisational cultures. It also clarifies government’s role in providing guidance
to companies, civil society and citizens on upholding public integrity values. Moreover,
the Handbook unpacks how to use the risk management process to assess and manage integrity
risks, and highlights how to use the enforcement system to ensure real accountability
for integrity violations.
The maturity models allow a government (national or subnational) or a public sector organisation to assess the elements of their integrity systems, and identify where they are situated in relation to good practice across four categories: nascent, emerging, established and leading. The maturity models can be used by political and executive leadership, government officials, public sector integrity practitioners, business and civil society.
The public integrity maturity models are a complement to the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Public Integrity and the OECD Public Integrity Handbook. They can also be used in conjunction with the forthcoming Public Integrity Indicators, to provide a qualitative, subjective assessment of public integrity.
Public integrity is key for strengthening trust and combating corruption. But how can a public integrity vision be put into practice? From political commitment to the use of data for integrity, and inclusive policy-making, the OECD Public Integrity Handbook offers guidance on each of the elements necessary to effectively implement public integrity.
Watch the video presenting the key messages of the Handbook.
Integrity champions of the world, unite! Launch of the OECD Public Integrity Handbook
Corruption hurts all of us. It leads to the wrong public policies, undermining confidence in governments’ ability to serve the public interest. But governments are not standing still: confronted with this reality, many are responding with measures to enhance public integrity. Informed by these good practices, the OECD adopted the Recommendation on Public Integrity in 2017. The Recommendation serves as a roadmap based on thirteen principles to make change happen. Real change however requires clear guidance. The new OECD Public Integrity Handbook responds to this need, providing insights on what integrity looks like and identifying the challenges governments may encounter along the way.
Relive the Handbook launch webinar, which took place on 20 May 2020.