The Business Club attends the UNODC Ethics Ambassadors network launch at the United Nations

By Whitney Akinyi

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted the Ethics Ambassadors Network launch on September 29 at the United Nations Complex in Gigiri. A total of 39 USIU-Africa students attended the event, adorning African attire, as was the theme of the event, to represent the diverse nature of our continent. Additionally, our very own Ms. Debra Kyalo, Chairperson of the Business Club, took part in the Ethics Ambassadors panel to discuss the role of ethics ambassadors in promoting business integrity at the workplace. The club received a certificate of participation from Dr. David Oginde, Chairperson, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), to become certified Ethics Ambassadors from USIU-Africa.

Prior to the launch, the Business Club hosted the team from UNODC on March 24, 2023, for the introduction of the Global Integrity Education (GIE) Modules. This is an innovative integrity education program is being developed and implemented at firms and colleges in Kenya through the UNODC's Global Integrity Education project, which brings together business and academia. The objective is to encourage ethical decision-making in the business sector by giving recent graduates ethical mindsets and competencies at the beginning of their professions. The project understands that to effectively combat corruption, efforts must go beyond purely legal and administrative means, aiming to alter society's values and norms. Between 14 July and 4 August, 2023, 52 USIU-Africa students went through the GIE modules, and invited to the Ethics Ambassadors Network Launch.

The Club members had the pleasure of interacting with Bishop Dr. David Oginde, Chairperson, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC); Ms. Laura Bertipaglia, UNODC Crime and Criminal Justice Associate, UNODC Vienna, Austria; Ms. Charity Kagwi, Head of Countering Corruption, Crime Prevention, and Criminal Justice Programme, UNODC; Dr. Emily Okuto, Dean, School of Humanities, Africa Nazarene University; Ms. Ruth Wambua, Manager, Ethics and Integrity, Kenya Airways; Mr. Ozem Muriuki, General Manager, Human Resource and Administration, GA Insurance; Mr. Salaton Silas, CEO and Founder, Elitelodgit Risk Management, Nairobi; Ms. Susan Awuor, Founder and People Consultant, Tandem HR Consultants; and Mr. Patrick Wandare Ondegoh, CIPE Project Officer Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

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