The World Bank Group's twin goals are to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of each developing country. For the diverse workforce of the Bank Group, integrity, ethical behavior, and adherence to corporate values are core to the success of these goals.
The Bank Group's Ethics and Business Conduct Department (EBC) promotes the development and application of the highest ethical standards by staff members in the performance of their duties. EBC is committed to integrity, impartiality and independence in its work and reports to the Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Administrative Officer and has direct access to the President whenever the situation or subject matter requires.
EBC focuses on four key areas:
Standard setting through the design and stewardship of ethical policy, practices, decisions, and behavior, including administering Declarations of Interest Programs to ensure public confidence.
Outreach and training to strengthen Bank Group values, foster a culture of respect and integrity, and build bridges between scientific research and practice in ethical development.
Advice to staff and clients by sharing ethics expertise and spotting trends—providing counsel on conflicts of interest and compliance-related issues as needed.
Addressing misconduct by reviewing concerns, recommending actions, and facilitating resolutions.
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017