Ifrane – Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane has launched the first Center for Business Ethics (CBE) in Morocco.
The center is dedicated to promoting clean business and enhancing integrity in the Moroccan business environment in different sectors, namely energy, healthcare, industry, and infrastructure and cities.
The Center is funded by Siemens for three years under the framework of the Second Funding Round of the Siemens Integrity Initiative (SII), a global Siemens Initiative launched in 2009 to support organizations and projects fighting corruption and fraud through Collective Action, education and training. The Initiative focuses on supporting projects that have a clear impact on the business environment, can demonstrate objective and measurable results and have the potential to be scaled up and replicated.
The Moroccan government has put in place several reforms and initiatives to fight corruption. In August 2008, the government set up the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption, whose mission is to coordinate, supervise, and monitor the implementation of policies to prevent corruption and collect and disseminate information on corruption.
In December 2012, the government launched an anti-corruption awareness campaign targeting public awareness and aiming to enhance the government’s role in the fight against corruption.
However, for many observers, there is today an urgent need to take strong measures to fight corruption and enhance integrity, especially in the business community. More consolidated efforts need to be made by other actors, such as civil society, private businesses, and higher education.
Al Akhawayn University’s Center for Business Ethics aims to be a major player in the fight against corruption in Morocco through the training of professionals, students, and educators, as well as conducting research projects. T
his project highlights the important role that higher education can play in promoting integrity in business. The Center’s activities revolve around good governance practices, curricula development and seminars, research, and training.
“The Center of Business Ethics, whose mission is to educate and shape the behavior of current and future business professionals toward ethical issues, is a crucial step in the right direction of helping fight corruption and increase awareness on ethical issues”, said Dr. Wafa El Garah, the Center’s Founding Director.
The CBE will serve as a model that could be replicated in other universities in Morocco and other countries in the region that suffer from this endemic phenomenon.