Certification as “Eye for Integrity’


A sign on the door with the Integrity Quality Mark is nice to pursue and indicates that there is attention in your organization to act with integrity.

Certification, however, is more than ticking a list of activities as prescribed by the Civil Servants Law for governments or the OECD guidelines for entrepreneurs. Of greater interest is a practical and recognizable implementation of integrity and responsible entrepreneurship in the organization.

In order to know that it is good to let the managers and employees speak as internal integrity experts. (See Train the Trainer)

Certification procedure

Step 1 Interview with the director / CEO
Interview with the works council
Interview with employee with integrity in its portfolio
Step 2 Study of the policy outlines and papers
Reading of the social report
Step 3 Short survey of all employees via email
Step 4 Interview with select groups of middle managers and employees about the implementation, the dilemmas they encounter, how the organization deals with these issues, what assessment is made about potential risks and what damage the organization can encounter
Step 5 Report with findings and notes for the director
Discussion of findings by the director/CEO with the works council
Securing the recommendations for the actions to be taken
Establishing monitoring and maintenance plan
Step 6 Communication from the Director/CEO to the organization
Determining tasks of responsible of integrity policy
Step 7 In case of sufficient assessment, certification organization
In case of insufficient assessment, an improvement plan

The certification comprises:

  • Certification mark as a placard on the wall
  • Assessment as described above
  • For the period of 1 year

If everything is fine, annual monitoring could be a matter of ticking off before the certification mark will be replaced for the next Integrity year.