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The UK government encourages businesses operating in emerging markets to prepare for bribery and corruption risks, as well as potential human rights abuses. The Department for International Development has launched the Business Integrity Hub to help businesses do this. Dints International talks about the benefits of operating a business with integrity in new markets.
Foundedin2007, Dints International provides supply chain solutions to the mining, construction and heavy equipment industries; managing machinery and parts supply, component and machinery rebuild programmes, alongside outsourcing and finance support. 90% of Dint’s business is in Africa, in countries including Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo, Madagascar, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Sierra Leone.
The company is a member of the UN Global Compact and is committed to upholding its Ten Principles which cover business integrity responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Dints is also applying for B Corp status. Geoffrey de Mowbray is the CEO of Dints and is also Co-Chairman of the British Exporters Association (BexA) - SME and Micro Exporters division.
Ensuring integrity is embedded across our operations has been essential to winning the confidence of our customers. - Geoffrey de Mowbray, CEO, Dints International
DRIVERS OF BUSINESS INTEGRITY
ForDints, the primary driver of doing business with integrity is the need to build confidence between customer and supplier. He explains: “We operate in some challenging and highly competitive markets and being able to demonstrate that integrity policies and practices are embedded across our operations has been instrumental to winning the confidence of our customers.”
BENEFITS OF BUSINESS INTEGRITY
Doing business with integrity creates tangible business benefits for Dints:
APPROACHES TO DO BUSINESS WITH INTEGRITY
Dints operationalises integrity in its core operations and along the value chain in the following ways:
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