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IBN- Network of Integrity Officers (NIO) - Building a nationwide Network of Integrity Officers with participants from all federal ministries, regions, municipalities, universities, state-affiliated enterprises, etc. in order to reduce corruption and bribe

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The Network of Integrity Officers (NIO) was introduced by the Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) in 2016 to further enhance the concept of integrity in Austria. In five basic training programs 105 staff members from all walks of civil service life in Austria were trained to become Integrity Officers: experts in issues of promotion of integrity, corruption prevention and compliance. They are now multipliers in the awareness-raising process and serving as contacts for inquiries regarding promotion of integrity, corruption prevention and compliance, for staff including senior officials.


Basic training programs provide participants with knowledge and networking opportunities.


Integrity Officers’ tasks include:

- serving as contact for inquiries regarding promotion of integrity, corruption prevention and compliance, for staff including senior officials;

- advising senior officials regarding the development and implementation of specific measures for corruption prevention (such as compliance programs, codes of conduct, ethics guidelines, specific training and advanced training programs, development and implementation of corruption risk analysis);

- contributing to surveillance and assessment of indicators pointing to corruption and risk factors;

- functioning as multipliers in the awareness-raising process within authorities and departments – this includes seminars and anti-corruption trainings and other awareness-raising measures (such as contributing to training and advanced training measures for corruption prevention and integrity promotion, drawing up information notes and entire information campaigns), and

- providing information and advice to staff.


The NIO follow-up meetings organized by the BAK feature different contents every time and provide NIO members with important opportunities to exchange experiences and best practices.


Therefore, the BAK arranges follow-up events e.g. on risk management in the field of compliance or value management with the focus on the creation and implementation of a value-based corporate culture through targeted value management measures.


In order to exchange knowledge and experience and to meet in person and increase readiness to cooperate in the Network, the NIO annual meetings are designed as get-togethers of all Integrity Officers who attended basic training programs at some point in time.


Almost half of the total number of Integrity Officers gathered at the BAK’s invitation at the last NIO annual meeting in 2018.


In 2018 the first Austrian Integrity Award was granted. Award competitions will now take place every year.


Two further basic training programs are planned in 2019, and two basic trainings are scheduled for the two years thereafter.


The Network of Integrity Officers has an appealing website. Its objective is to provide interested members of civil society and other stakeholders with current information on the Network‘s activities, and to feed public discourse by placing messages, e.g. in social Networks.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Network, integrity, awareness raising
Short English description: The Network of Integrity Officers (NIO) was introduced by the Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) in 2016 to further enhance the concept of integrity in Austria. In five basic training programs 105 staff members from all walks of civil service life in Austria were trained to become Integrity Officers: experts in issues of promotion of integrity, corruption prevention and compliance. They are now multipliers in the awareness-raising process and serving as contacts for inquiries regarding promotion of integrity, corruption prevention and compliance, for staff including senior officials.
Further information
Organisation: Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.integritaet.info
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Austria
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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IBN- Network of Integrity Officers (NIO) - Building a nationwide Network of Integrity Officers with participants from all federal ministries, regions, municipalities, universities, state-affiliated enterprises, etc. in order to reduce corruption and bribe (48.20910622560871, 16.365930140018463)
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