BØRNEfonden has a proactive anti-corruption policy, which applies to all employees, partners and suppliers of BØRNEfonden.
We refuse to pay bribes of any kind, and we always react when we feel pressured to pay money under the table, provide illegal services or unlawfully favouring one supplier over another.
We believe that corruption and nepotism is best tackled through transparency and by sticking to our principles.
You can read more about our guidelines for preventing corruption in our ethical guidelines.
Ethical Guidelines (PDF-format)
Employees at BØRNEfonden are trained in how to react when subjected to pressure and they know whom to report to. All employees may safely direct their suspicion or concern about violation of BØRNfonden’s ethical guidelines to his/her superior, or if the employee suspect that his/her superior is involved in any way in the suspected violation the person must notify a person higher in the chain of authority, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Being a victim of fraud and extortion is a risk that unfortunately is quite high in developing countries. Corruption is found at almost all levels and one has to be vigilant and cautious not to be scammed.
In order to prevent fraud and deceit BØRNEfonden has a controller unit which thoroughly ensures that the money donated by sponsors and donors is spent according to BØRNEfonden’s mission. In each of the five countries where BØRNEfonden works, there is a controlling function that monitors activities carried out by the centres and reports to the national director in question and to the regional controlling function in West Africa. The controllers make unannounced visits to the different development units in the program countries.
There is one regional controller in West Africa in charge of controlling the national offices and all the major projects in the program countries. The regional controller reports to BØRNEfonden in Denmark.
The main office in Denmark monitors and validates the combined controlling activities as well as supports the regional controlling function. Fortunately, cases of major fraud are rare and minor incidents of deceit and fraud have decreased significantly, though some occur every year. Usually the losses for BØRNEfonden are minor – often less than 1,000 Danish kroner.
This is partly due to BØRNEfonden’s preventive effort to reduce fraud and deceit as well as to the involvement of controllers. The cases of deceit that do occur become a part of the training for our local employees.