Integrity is a prerequisite for the proper functioning of a Customs administration. As global trade increases, there is also increasing international recognition of the imperative to free economies from the burden and cost of corruption.
To promote integrity CCLEC has developed a generic code of conduct and established an annual Integrity Award program in order to encourage member administrations to give priority to integrity issues and to name the award after the deceased Sean Symonette. Sean paid the ultimate price because of his integrity and high ethical principles.
In 1998 the CCLEC Council also adopted the Bridgetown Integrity Declaration which outlines thirteen key factors for achieving a high standard of integrity and, in addition to CCLEC’s efforts, the organisation promotes WCO integrity programs and tools through its website and workshops.