Corruption and embezzlement
Corruption is the perversion of a decision-making process with the aim of obtaining undue advantages for the corruptor through the complacency of certain unscrupulous political decision-makers. It undermines the fundamental principles of good governance, the equal access of citizens to markets, jobs and public services on the basis of merit and capacity. It blurs the notion of general interest, fuels mistrust of governments and diverts wealth that should normally accrue to people.
Sherpa evaluates French and international anti-corruption measures. Sherpa also formulates innovative proposals to facilitate the repression of corruption. It also carries out actions to obtain a transparent, effective and honest framework for the restitution of assets resulting from corruption and embezzlement. Finally, Sherpa advocates better protection for whistleblowers who expose corruption scandals, sometimes at the risk of their lives. Sherpa is a founding member of the whistleblowers’ centre.