Anyone who has picked up a newspaper or watched the news over the past few years knows that unfortunately corruption has been a major issue in our community. Allegations of pay-to-play politics and contracts going to best friends instead of best bidders have undermined our citizens’ confidence in our government and challenged our region's ability to compete globally for jobs and new business.
While this office will continue to aggressively prosecute corruption cases whenever the evidence merits, we believe that education and prevention are also key components of this anti corruption effort. Beginning in late 2010, this office brought together some of Greater Cleveland’s most trusted institutions to form a unique partnership aimed at working with the business community to prevent questionable business practices from occurring.
Members in the coalition are required to do two things:
Sign the Northeast Ohio Business Ethics Coalition membership pledge. It simply asks each member organization to maintain a tone that values ethical business conduct and inform employees and suppliers of those standards.
Each member company also commits to providing at least one three-hour training session on compliance and ethical business practices to its relevant vendors and suppliers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office works with members to provide useful content for the training.
To date, more than 900 companies – including the Cleveland Clinic, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cardinal Health, University Hospitals, Lubrizol and Lincoln Electric, to name just a few – have already joined the Northeast Ohio Business Ethics Coalition.
Our community is at a crossroads. We view this project – a joint effort that involves the region’s largest employers, universities and federal and state partners – as one opportunity to change the culture and climate moving forward.