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CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal
President, ICSI


swa-dharmam api chavekshya na vikampitum arhasi
dharmytiddhi yuddhtich chhreyo ‘nyat kshatriyasya na vidyate

Chapter 2, Verse 31, Bhagvad Gita

(Considering your duty as a warrior, you should not waver.  Indeed, for a warrior, there is no better engagement than fighting for upholding of righteousness.)

Above verse from Bhagvad Gita rightly points out an important component of one’s Dharma, i.e., fighting for upholding of righteousness. A study by Transparency International, an anti-corruption global civil society organization, reported on the basis of an extensive survey that though corruption in India is still prominent, yet, people in India are speaking up against corruption now, as according to the report, 63 per cent common Indian citizens felt most empowered to fight against corruption. This finding is proving that people in India are discharging their dharma in spirit as suggested in above shloka.

Our Hon’ble Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech too while celebrating India@70 also called for “Bharat jodo” with a view to build New India by 2022, call an India free from corruption, terrorism, caste, communal differences and dirt. With a view to eradicate corruption from its core, people of the nation are called upon to leave the attitude of “Chalta hai” and to adopt the attitude of “Badal Saida hai”for the inclusive growth of the nation by 2022.

The Company Secretaries as Governance Professionals have a substantial role to play in establishing, promoting and sustaining transparent and accountable governance in the country and extend their contribution to New India of 2022. Keeping this in mind, the Institute has come up with a well-researched “Corporate Anti-Bribery Code”.

I convey my deep gratitude to Mr. Gopal Krishna Agarwal, Council Member, Government Nominee, ICSI for his continuous support and guidance for this publication.

I am sure this code would supplement the government’s initiative towards building a corruption free New India by 2022.

“We must weed out corruption and build a strong system of governance and justice, where people can grow, trust, and prosper’:

New Delhi
26 September, 2017

CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal

Link to Download ICSI Corporate Anti-Bribery Code

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