Philadelphia, November 16, 2015 – The City of Philadelphia will celebrate its second annual Integrity Week, an initiative to build awareness about ethics and integrity in City government and to highlight the important role City employees and the public play in building an ethical culture across City government. Integrity Week, which will be held November 16-20, will feature events to promote integrity and inform City employees about integrity and compliance laws. This year’s Integrity Week theme is “Make Every Week Integrity Week”.
“One of my top priorities for this Administration has been to ensure that our City government works efficiently and effectively with integrity and responsiveness. Building an ethical culture in government requires everyone’s participation – elected officials, City employees and the public. There is something each of us can do every day to reaffirm our commitment to integrity and make our government more ethical,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “To showcase and celebrate the work of our Administration and its many great public employees, I am proud to participate in Integrity Week and I encourage all of you to do so too.”
Stephanie Tipton, Chief Integrity Officer, said, “Integrity Week is our opportunity to highlight how the City makes ethics and integrity a part of how we do business every day. Integrity Week is one of the many ways my office seeks to educate both City employees and the public about the City’s ethics rules. We encourage everyone to join us in this important conversation.”
Philadelphia is one of the first municipalities to spotlight integrity and ethics during a week-long series of events for government employees and the public; however, similar celebrations are a best practice in the private sector ethics and compliance field.
Integrity Week Events
City Employee-Only Events
During Integrity Week, City employees will receive daily emails with information about how they can better promote an ethical culture in their departments and agencies.
- Monday, November 16: The City will host Bids Gone Bad, a workshop facilitated by the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer and the Office of the Inspector General that focuses on how to identify and prevent contract fraud in the City contracting process.
- Friday, November 20: The City will host an interactive Coffee House chat where they will learn about Mayor Nutter’s Executive Order on Gifts (Executive Order 03-11).
(Please note: City employees are permitted and encouraged to participate in public facing Integrity Week events.)
- Wednesday, November 18: The City Board of Ethics will host its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 1 p.m. on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch Street.
- Wednesday, November 18: The City will host a panel entitled Turning the Lights on Dark Money: A Conversation with Dave Davies, in which senior WHYY reporter Dave Davies will explore the impact of the City’s campaign finance reforms on local elections. The discussion, facilitated by the Chief Integrity Officer and the Board of Ethics, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall.
- Thursday, November 19: The Chief Integrity Officer will participate in a Twitter Chat at 1 p.m. Follow @PHL_Integrity and tweet questions using the #PHLIntegrity.
For more information on the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer and Integrity Week, visit: http://www.phila.gov/integrityworks/Pages/default.aspx