Leveraging integrity for trust
Integrity is a crucial determinant of trust. Evidence suggests a link between trust in politicians, both from the business community and citizens, and the perception of corruption. Integrity policies, aimed at preventing corruption and fostering high standards of behaviour, help to reinforce the credibility and legitimacy of those involved in policy decision making, safeguarding the public interest and restoring confidence in the policy making process.
Policies addressing high-risk areas, such as the working relationship between the public and private sectors, can limit undue influence and build safeguards to protect the public interest. Policy areas include effective management of conflict of interests, high standards of behaviour in the public sector, and adequate lobbying and political finance regulation.