A recent study conducted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, "Nazaha", entitled "The extent of commitment of government entities in implementing the Code of Conduct and Ethics of the Public Service". Random sample of 4723 employees was polled in five regions in the Kingdom: Riyadh, Eastern Province, Makkah, and Asir.
The study aimed to identify the commitment of government entities in implementing and activating the code of conduct and ethics of the public service, and the measures taken such as training employees, setting rules to comply with the provisions of it, and adding any standards and rules appropriate with the nature of the entity.
The study showed that 69% of public employees did not read the code, and 63% of them reported that their entities did not publish it on their website. The study pointed that a general weakness in the performance and procedures of government entities in regards to the dissemination of the code, or the identification of staff competent to respond to queries related to it, and the study recognized the existence of a problem related to the compliance of government entities in complying with the regulations, despite their clarity.
In contrast, the study showed that 31% of the employees read the code, and 93% of them reported that it had a positive impact on their commitment.
The study recommended that the principles and ethics stated in the code should be included in the evaluation mechanisms for appointment, promotion, professional certificates and work performance, also the need for the government entities to publish the code on their websites, train employees to accomplish it, assign a staff member to respond to staff inquiries, and resurvey after the implementation of the recommendations to find out the extent of commitment of government entities in activating the code.
On 25/12/1437 AH, the Council of Ministers approved the Code of Conduct and Ethics of Public Service, which aims at developing the spirit of responsibility of public officials, disseminate and promote its ethical values and principles, enhance citizens' confidence in the services that the government provides, and fight corruption in all its forms.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission "Nazaha" conducts from time to time, studies and research in the field of protecting integrity and fighting corruption and it encourages related entities and research centers to contribute with it .
Nazaha declaration of this study is based on the principle of transparency established by the National Strategy for maintaining Integrity and Combating Corruption, its regulation and the vision of the Kingdom (2030). Nazaha thanks all government entities that cooperated with it to conduct the study in order to protect integrity and fight corruption.