Knowledge for a sustainable world

DFID Reporting concerns mailbox

Staff and partners involved in DFID funded business can immediately report all suspicions or allegations of aid diversion, fraud, money laundering or counter-terrorism finance to the Counter Fraud and Whistleblowing Unit (CFWU) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +44(0)1355 843747   

UNGC principles 1&2

Staff and Partners involved in DFID funded business must adhere to the UNGC principles 1 & 2 which are:

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and 
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Organisations should do this by giving attention to vulnerable groups including women, children, people with disabilities, indigenous groups, migrant workers and older people. Organisations should comply with all laws, honouring international standards and giving particular consideration to high-risk areas with weak governance. Examples of how suppliers and partners should do this are set out below:

In the workplace:

  • by providing safe and healthy working conditions
  • by guaranteeing freedom of association
  • by ensuring non-discrimination in personnel practices
  • by ensuring that they do not use directly or indirectly forced labour or child labour
  • by providing access to basic health, education and housing for the workers and their families, if these are not provided elsewhere
  • by having an affirmative action programme to hire victims of domestic violence
  • by making reasonable accommodations for all employees' religious observance and practices

In the community:

  • by preventing the forcible displacement of individuals, groups or communities
  • by working to protect the economic livelihood of local communities
  • by contributing to the public debate. Companies interact with all levels of government in the countries where they operate. They, therefore, have the right and responsibility to express their views on matters that affect their operations, employees, customers and the communities of which they are a part
  • through differential pricing or small product packages create new markets that also enable the poor to gain access to goods and services that they otherwise could not afford
  • by fostering opportunities for girls to be educated to empower them and also helps a company to have a broader and more skilled pool of workers in the future, and
  • perhaps most importantly, a successful business which provides decent work, produces quality goods or services that improve lives, especially for the poor or other vulnerable groups, is an important contribution to sustainable development, including human rights
  • If companies use security services to protect their operations, they must ensure that existing international guidelines and standards for the use of force are respected