THE AMERICAN ANTI-CORRUPTION INSTITUTE (AACI) Together, Empowering Tone at the Top
The AACI delivers globally a disciplined anti-corruption certification program to organizations seeking to prevent fraud and corruption inside their business processes, operations, and culture.
This certification process is the first of its kind worldwide and forms a basis for institutional change in fighting fraud and corruption. It is available to organizations of all types. The process is “principally” administered and completed online.
As we received too many questions about this certification program, the technical staff of The AACI addressed the substance of these matters in the following question and answer format.
Q: What is the Corruption Prevention Management Test (CPMT)?
The AACI: The CPMT is an online test authored by and copyrighted to The AACI. It is the core of the organizations' anti-corruption certification program. Except for the CACM members of The AACI, the CPMT is not available to individuals; it is only available to organizations ( private, public, or nonprofit) seeking to get certified through the organization anti-corruption certification program. As the exam unit of The AACI administers it, we use third party software to deliver the CPMT (software provider).
Q: What are the benefits of getting an organization certified?
The AACI: The certification process enables those charged with governance of the organization to:
Q: Are there any other benefits for stakeholders?
The AACI: Yes there are. For example, the certification
Q: Is there a passing score for the organization under this certification program?
The AACI: No. There is not a pass or fail score. We report on the results of the certification process and issues a CPMT certificate reflecting the score of the organization as a whole.
Q: What are the primary topics the anti-corruption certification program tests?
The AACI: Most of the online test questions primarily deal with the following fields:
More than 80% of the questions cover the following:
However, The rest of it touches on the following:
Q: The certification process requires the organization to submit management representation letter stating in it the decision makers of the organization it has so that they sit for the CPMT. What do you mean by decision makers?
The AACI: For this certification process, decision makers of an organization are the following:
Q: What would an organization obtain as a result of getting certified?
The AACI: The organization will get the following:
Q: How would this certification program assure an organization of preventing fraud and corruption inside it?
The AACI: The certification program, on its own, will not provide any assurance of preventing fraud and corruption inside any organization. It all depends on those who are charged with governance to bring this confidence. Those who are charged with governance in any organization are responsible for institutionalizing corruption prevention and deterrence inside their organization.
This certification program is an effective tool decision makers can use it to fight corruption inside their organization and in the organization's business dealings with all stakeholders.
Q: How can an organization measure the impact of the certification program?
The AACI: The answer consists of two parts: the first part is the visible one. An organization can compare its aggregate CPMT scores and CPMT reports over the years and find out the results of its responses to earlier results.
For example, assume that in year 1, an organization had an aggregate CPMT score of 60% while two board members did not sit for the CPMT test- they had qualified CPMT report. After one year, this organization got certified and obtained an aggregate CPMT score of 40% and unqualified CPMT report. Under these circumstances, those who are charged with governance of this organization have a duty to all stakeholders to answer for these results.
The other part of the answer to this questions is straightforward: corruption in any organization is unknown until it is discovered. As we do not know what the corruption level was at an organization, we cannot provide any precise and conclusive evidence about the exact level of corruption level reduction this certificate program affected.
What we are confident of is that when there is a proper tone at the top, and the top management has "real" will to fight fraud and corruption, this certification program is an effective tool to materialize their efforts.
Q: Why is the certification program an annual one?
The AACI: It is an annual certification program to
Q: How would an organization benefit from the certification process in dealing with its suppliers?
The AACI: When an organization gets certified, it can ask its suppliers to get certified to continue business dealings with them. Integrity and culture of vendors affect corruption risks of any organization directly.
Q: How would a government utilize the certification program to fight fraud and corruption?
The AACI: A government and its agencies are well positioned to utilize this certification program to combat fraud and corruption effectively and efficiently. Presuming a government has a national strategic corruption prevention strategy, we believe a government can:
Q: Will The AACI consider nationalizing the certification program to suit the local language, culture, laws, and regulations?
The AACI: In principle, yes we will. The AACI will also consider partnering with local governments or states to have a national CPMT certification program.
Q: How much does it cost to have an organization certified?
The AACI: The annual cost of certification depends on the number of decision makers who will sit for the test. There is also a fixed administration fee. For more information, please contact us.
The AACI offers governments planning for nationalizing this certification program significant discount.
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