Global Integrity Day (9 June 2021)
Global Integrity Network (Lausanne-WEA)
is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust.….We must hold
leaders to account….A vibrant civic space and open access to information are
essential. And we must protect the rights and recognize the courage of
whistle-blowers who expose wrongdoing….As an age-old plague takes on new forms,
let us combat it with new heights of resolve.” UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Statementon corruption in the context of COVID-19 (15 October 2020). Watch the short video HERE.
"Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Corruption is moral rottenness—the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness. It abuses and exploits people and is the opposite of integrity. Global integrity is living consistently in moral wholeness at all levels: individual, interpersonal, institutional, and international; across sectors and settings; local through global; the systemic and structural." Global Integrity Day (9 June)
“Let us strive for a culture of full integrity and transparency.
We will choose to walk in the light and truth of God,
for the Lord tests the heart and is pleased with integrity."
Lausanne Movement, Cape Town Commitment IIE. 3.4
In this latest PPNet weblog entry (June 2021) we feature faith-based resources from two crucial, strategic initiatives. We encourage you to track with these initiatives as they have a growing global influence for promoting integrity/anti-corruption. We also include resources/links for the UN Special Session Against Corruption (2-4 June 2021).
The first global initiative is the upcoming Global Integrity Day, 9 June (GID). This year's theme is Corruption and Poverty. The second global initiative is the Global Integrity Network (GIN). Also referred to as the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network, this international network is coordinated jointly by the Lausanne Movement and the World Evangelical Association.
GlD and you! GID is a special, annual day (9 June) to encourage us to live in integrity throughout the entire year as well as to collaborate with others to do the same, locally through globally. The GID website features many resources, including: country-level case studies from the the Association for a More Just Society (ASJ) on confronting corruption in the police, education, and energy spheres.
Save the date! Special spotlight event for GID, 9 June 2021 ,10am EST (one hour event). More details on the GID website.
GIN and you! GIN is a network of colleagues committed to empower Christians to champion the value and practice of integrity and effective anti-corruption efforts. We also spotlight the presentations from the recent GIN conference (1 May 2021), When the Best is Corrupt: Strategies for Living in Integrity. The three brief plenaries for example address: Living a Life of Integrity, Practicing Integrity in the Church, and Promoting Integrity in Society.
Save the date! Special webinar for International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2021. Organized by GIN. More details forthcoming on the GIN website.
UN and you! United Nations General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption: "Challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation" (2-4 June 2021; 10:00-13:00 and 15:18:00 EST, everyday--live streamed/archived on UN Web TV). Also: 80 minute High-Level Supporting Event with Civil Society and UN presenters, 3 June 13:30-15:00: Addressing Corruption in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Archived HERE. The Political Declaration was unanimously adopted on day one: "Our common commitment to effectively addressing challenges and implementing measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation." (18 pages; note "integrity" is included 19 times)
Ongoing: NCI et al.
The Professional Review is featured on the weblog, Loving Truth and Peace. This weblog's purpose, like that of the Professional Review, is to "review and learn, support good practice, and restore relationships. Click HERE to access this weblog and Professional Review. For a quick overview of the latter, see the Integrated Executive Summary. "One question arises over and over in this review--where is the ethical and accountable corporate governance?" (Integrated Executive Summary, page 1).
3. The NCI Summary and Summons. This entry also includes verbatim the major section in the last several entries (Healing the Body: Living in Integrity--Loving Truth and Peace). They summarize many of the efforts by the People Network (PP Net) and summon the assistance of the people and the organizations affected by the Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI). See Part Two below.
Those “affected” refers to the specific investors-victims, organizations-ministries, staff-leaders, and any others who received/lost money in this scheme or were somehow impacted. It also refers to the thousands of people who are or were part of these organizations-ministries (including Board members and supporters) and who have a moral responsibility to call leaders and others to account: to disclose, conduct independent reviews, and where there are “net positive” gains, to return money to victims.
How You Can Help
The informed, resolute responses to NCI by those in the church-mission community (CMC) can help bring healing to many people and the reputation of the CMC. The NCI fraud, like all corruption, will not simply go away on its own, over time, by ignoring it, or by keeping silent. Remember, the only thing necessary for corruption to flourish is to do nothing about it--or to do some non-resolute "thing" and move on, feeling self-justified, with our consciences placated and our livelihoods protected. What can you do?
2. Join with others and hold your organizations and leaders accountable to good practice standards (see the list of organizations and leaders in the Summary and Summons below).
--Some mixed and hidden motives: "I don't want to take risks. I might have my reputation and revenue negatively impacted. This would inconvenience me." And many more.
Finally, we also recommend listening to the podcast, Unfinished Business: Who Has Integrity to Help? by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell. This is one of 14 podcasts done to advocate for truth, repentance, and healing in the past and ongoing NCI et al. corruption and related dismissals (Into Integrity podcasts, 2019).
Summary and Summons
to understand what happened and what needs to be done.
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
calling for integrity and action to confront corruption
in the church-mission community and in the international NCI et al. fraud.
Read, sign, and share this petition.
In light of the Swedish court documents, we are publicly calling for the following organizations to provide assistance by reviewing and disclosing how NCI has affected them. We are also asking them to review how they have responded to the NCI matter thus far. Authorizing independent and internal reviews is strongly encouraged. It is not helpful to simply try to “move on” and leaders and members are urged now to hold their organizations accountable. There is much to learn and many ways to help. We urge organizations affected by NCI to emulate the organizations in the “United Response” to the New Era Scandal: be transparent, accountable and cooperate to return money.
Individuals and organisations committed to integrity
should welcome the opportunity to help via open investigations and verifiable disclosures.
[YFC update June 2019: There have been exchanges with one leader in YFC over the past few months about the concerns above and the concerns shared in the paper trail August 2014-current. Although not willing to request an independent review, this leader nonetheless pulled together previous YFC responses and his current responses to the concerns. We see it as a helpful step in the right direction. We also believe it would be helpful for YFC to summarize and publicly share these responses in one document. Other organizations would do well to follow the example of YFC.]
--Individuals, families, ministries, projects, charities, foundations, and other organizations. Those that have been involved with and/or benefited from NCI—that have or may have received NCI-related funds—have key roles to play in sharing information and helping to locate missing money. Some of these entities have had three or more contracts with NCI (e.g., contracts related to other investors’ contracts, contracts for ministries and receiving NCI-money related to the people they have brought into NCI.) The Swedish court documents included an extensive albeit partial list of investors. Many are part of/associated with YWAM. Many are American, British, Dutch, and Swedish investors. Will these people and entities help? Docs: NCI Investors (primary list from Swedish EBM
--Youth With A Mission: Loren Cunningham, Darlene Cunningham, Lynn Green, Jim Stier, Tom Hallas, Iain Muir, and YWAM leaders/staff around the world. “We would be grateful if you (YWAM leaders/staff around the world) would carefully review the petition and Statement with links to core documents.” Click here to view the list of international offices from the organization’s website, many which link to specific leaders.
--Mercy Ships: Donovan and Mae Palmer. “We would be grateful if you could please review the petition and its links to core documents and share it with members of the international Mercy Ships Executive Committee and others Board members (e.g., Don Stephens as President, Myron Ullman as Chair, Rosa Whitaker, Francoise Andre, Ian McColl, and Peter Schulze as Vice-Chairs, etc.). Click here to view the list of International Board Members and the Executive Committee from the organization’s website.
(PP Net Update Aug-Sept 2012, excerpts-introduction)
(a link to excerpts and quotes for good practice, to support YWAM leaders) What can all those associated with YWAM do? Here are four suggestions to keep in mind as you review and respond to these materials: