Camões, I.P., as a public institution in Portugal, is fully committed to total transparency. Transparency is an essential factor of the organisation, in the work procedures we adopt and how our information is reflected to the general public.
As a way of promoting transparency, the Camões, I.P. board of directors understands how necessary it is to prepare and disseminate a code of ethics that adequately reflects the values and standards of conduct for all those responsible for the Institute, along with its employees and collaborators.
Auditing and evaluation
Camões, I.P. commits its management and human resources to an independent process of auditing and evaluation. We are subject to the common procedures common of the entire civil service in order to improve our productivity and responsiveness in addition to the implementation and results of specific undertakings.
Portuguese co-operative projects are periodically evaluated by a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the results of which can be consulted in the Portuguese co-operative CAD study (Conclusions and main recommendations, Evaluation details).
The issue of corruption is a clear violation of Camões, I.P’s principles and we are fully committed eradicating such practices. On the recommendation of the Council for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC) relating to all public institutions, Camões, I.P. created and approved a risk management plan for corruption and other related offences, which serves as a working tool for good management and applies to everyone within the organisation.
Combating Corruption of Public Officials Overseas
Fighting corruption in international commerce is a challenge for every single country. In light of this, and because Portugal adheres to terms of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, Camões, I.P. has been adopted measures that effectively contribute to the fight against corruption, in line with the Convention's provisions and recommendations and as a means to addressing these concerns to the partner countries.
The Portuguese entities involved in the various roles of overseeing the development of co-operative programmes, projects and other related activities, with or without direct funding from Camões, I.P, should be alert and proactive in any situation where, directly or indirectly, acts of corruption (including attempts) by foreign employees or public officials on the part of their collaborators or contracted companies, thus reporting such situations to the proper criminal investigation authorities.
Furthermore, regarding any entities that break the law in terms of corruption, Camões, I.P. will take all necessary measures to effectively remove such an initiative financed by this Institute.
Reporting an infringement
In the framework of the Code of Ethics and the Anti-Corruption Plan, public officials must report any irregular practices that come to their notice and co-operate in any disciplinary or criminal investigation procedures by their respective entities.
Any information received will be fully confidential.