Civil Society Endorsement
CoST has also been endorsed by many well known civil society organisations, such as:
ONE - The grassroots advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease mentioned CoST in its recommendations for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits. The organisation, cofounded by Bono and other campaigners urges for the adoption of "transparency initiatives to combat stolen assets, particularly in global extractive industries, banking and the construction sector through the EITI, StAR and CoST".
The UK Anti-Corruption Forum - "The UK Anti-Corruption Forum supports the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative because in addition to its primary goals of raising the efficiency of infrastructure procurement and management, and therefore the value for money obtained by participating countries, CoST is likely also to deter corruption in this vital sector for economic development", Graham Hand (Co-ordinator, UK Anti-Corruption Forum).
International Business Leaders Forum - “When business engages with sustainable development challenges, IBLF promotes collective action delivered through multi-stakeholder processes such as those included in CoST and fully supports the CoST principles. Although IBLF has no direct influence over the outcomes of the CoST initiative, we believe that is only through such action-orientated collective engagements that real progress can be achieved", Graham Baxter (Programmes Director and Acting CEO, International Business Leaders Forum).
UK National Consumer Federation - “With 21st Century consumerism being far more complex and diverse than the 20th Century, the National Consumer Federation sees the CoST initiative's programme of work bringing transparency to public sector construction as a key development and exemplar for the whole consumer movement, bringing benefits in ethical behaviour, local consumer and public engagement, fairness and value for money for the consumer-as-tax-payer. The NCF is pleased to be working with CoST in bringing further organisations in civil society into this initiative", Arnold Pindar (Chairman, UK National Consumer Federation).