Codes of conduct and integrity pledges

Codes of conduct based on accepted educational principles, reinforced by ethical training and adequate implementation mechanisms and backed by a solid political will can help improve the sector’s integrity standards.[1] Codes of conduct can be developed in schools and universities in consultation with all stakeholders, to provide guidance to educators on what behaviour is expected of them in the exercise of their duties. In cases of alleged breaches, codes should also provide for accessible and timely remedial action.  

Another approach can be for school management boards, civil society groups and others to jointly adopt “integrity pledges” between parent groups and school management and/or youth groups and universities, as an effective additional means to incentivise anti-corruption practices and improve the reputation and quality of education in schools and higher education institutions.[2]



Iñaki Albisu Ardigó; Marie Chêne


Matthew Jenkins

Contributing experts:

Umrbek Allakulov (Water Integrity Network)

Shaazka Beyerle (US Institute of Peace)

Simone Bloem (Center for Applied Policy)

Claire Grandadam (Water Integrity Network)

Jacques Hallak (Jules Verne University – Amiens)

Mihaylo Milovanovitch (Centre For Applied Policy)

Muriel Poisson (International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO)

Juanita Riano (Inter-American Development Bank)

Marc Y. Tassé (Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption)

Vítězslav Titl (University of Siegen)

Davide Torsello (Central European University Business School)

Patty Zakaria (Royal Roads University)



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