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Ugandan Corporations and Industry Associations sign Code of Ethics – Government supports the process

On 4 December 2014, the presidents and directors of 19 Ugandan companies and industry associations presented the "Code of Ethics for the Private Sector in Uganda" in Kampala.

Over 200 renowned guests from business, politics and society, including the Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and two of his ministers took part in the celebratory ceremony and accompanied the launch of the initiative.

The Code of Ethics is the result of a year-long process in which representatives of the participating organisations developed a consensus regarding the necessity, the pre-requisite conditions and the challenges of a successful, values-based economic system. This process was moderated by the WCGE and the GIZ. Following the development of the guiding principles for the Code in Autumn 2013, the final version of the Code and the measures which are to be taken to ensure that the Code is lived by the signee organizations were agreed on in October 2014. Presently, the next steps are being planned, including the first meeting between all the participants in the initiative. The WCGE is in communication with the GIZ with the goal of identifying other African countries, in which a similar initiative could be successfully implemented.

The role-model initiative for the Ugandan Code of Ethics is the Code of Responsible Conduct for Business which was successfully established in Germany. More than 50 corporations and organisations participated in this initiative and former German Federal President Prof. Horst Köhler, who is a member of the WCGE advisory body and supporter of various other African initiatives, is also overseeing the Ugandan Code of Ethics.

By committing to the Code of Ethics, the signees from the Ugandan economy exemplify that the necessary development of their nation can only be achieved when there are responsible leaders in business, politics and civil society. Based on the over-arching goal to "Make Ugandan businesses sustainable by bringing value to the society", the core values of Compliance, Success, Respect and Integrity could be defined and the specific contexts of application; Workplace, Marketplace, Environment and Community could be identified. Alongside the personal commitment on behalf of the corporate leaders, the process for the implementation of the Code of Ethics in corporations stipulates regular communication amongst the signee corporations and with actors from civil society. The goal of the initiative is to engender a broader discussion of the necessary societal changes in Uganda and to gain further supporters.

Der Kodex ist das Ergebnis eines einjährigen Prozesses, in dem sich Vertreter der teilnehmenden Akteure unter Moderation von WZGE und GIZ über Notwendigkeit, Bedingungen und Herausforderungen einer erfolgs- und werteorientierten Wirtschaft verständigt hatten. Nachdem im Herbst 2013 zunächst die Leitsätze für den Kodex entwickelt worden waren, wurde im Oktober 2014 dessen Schlussfassung sowie ein Prozess zur Einführung in den Unternehmen abgestimmt. Derzeit werden die nächsten Schritte geplant, u.a. ein erstes Arbeitstreffen aller Teilnehmer. Das WZGE steht mit der GIZ im Gespräch, wie die Initiative auf weitere afrikanische Länder übertragen werden kann.

Code of Ethics for the Private Sector in Uganda