Sustainable Procurement - Protecting the Green Sector Market from Corruption and Fraud

Collective Action Type: 

Transparency International Italia, National Anti-Corruption Authority, RiSSC (Research Centre on Security and Crime)


“Protecting the green sector market from corruption and fraud” is a civic, institutional and scientific project for protecting the green economy from threats of fraud and corruption, thus promoting relevant sustainable and ethical standards.


This project is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.


This project is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.


This project aims at designing a sound framework to avoid misuses and illegal prac - tices, enhancing awareness in the business environment and among public institutions, promoting fair market conditions through clear and transparent procedures, and disseminating results to raise awareness on the issue. The project will collect knowledge on criminal patterns, market and corporate vulnerabilities; organize laboratories to enhance the capacity to prevent risks and reduce losses; and set up a dialogue platform between the public and private sectors to promote the design and adoption of ad hoc standards. The focus will be placed on three specific sectors: renewable energies, logistics/mobility of persons and goods, and innovation technologies. To carry out this project a multi-disciplinary partnership has been established by TI-Italy (Integrity Partner), National Anti-Corruption Authority, and RiSSC (Research Centre on Security and Crime).

Strengths, weaknesses, lessons learned: 


Key activities

  • Two reports 1) ‘Corruzione e frode nella green economy – Le energie rinnovabili’ and 2) ‘Corruzione e frode nella green economy logistica e mobilità’ compiling the research on corruption in the renewable energy sector and the mobility & logistics sector across Italy were published. The first report identifies key corruption-related vulnerabilities, the principal modi operandi of criminal organizations and a collection of best practices. The second report analyzes the level of sustainability already achieved by logistics and mobility, existing problems, risks, opportunities and possible future scenarios
  • Two measures suggested in TI Italy’s research reports are reflected in the first anti-corruption law , which was recently passed, and in the new National Energy Strategy
  • Four Private dialogue platforms were created to foster cooperation among public and private stakeholders
  • Four public-private workshops to train on anti-corruption instruments were organized. They involved representatives of public and private sectors to promote the Integrity Pact concept and the signature of Policy Statements with public and private institutions
  • Policy Statements – a declaration of intents committing signatories to adopt a pro-active role in the prevention of corruption and fraud in the green economy were endorsed by 10 relevant public and private actors of the green economy sectors
  • Integrity Pacts were inserted in the Anti- Corruption Law 190/2012 as a result of close collaboration with the Public Administration Department, (Ministry of Public Administration). Among the main public bodies adopting the Integrity Pact was the Lombardia Region, the richest region in Italy, in February 2014
  • An anti-corruption toolkit ‘BE CLEAN. GO GREEN!’ for SMEs and a self-evaluation tool for companies with anti-corruption policies and instruments were developed ( check-list of self-audit)
  • An e-learning module that puts together data and surveys, main anti-corruption conventions, laws and instruments, the project reports, and a focus on integrity in innovation markets was developed
  • The project on integrity education ‘Legality and Sustainability: A Path through the Green Economy’ was implemented in eleven classes to raise awareness about corruption and fraud in the green sector market among Italian high school and university students
  • A website and a twitter account (300 followers) were created and frequently visited


Date of signature: 
October 2014
Date of review or update: 
October 2014
Countries of operation: 
Array (HQ)
Siemens Initiative: 
3 years
USD 0.60 millions