By Samuel Rubenfeld

Human rights and anti-corruption concerns continue to lag behind environmental and labor issues as priorities at companies, but more are implementing anti-corruption mechanisms, according to a survey by the United Nations Global Compact.

Following a drop in the 2009 survey, the survey found that gains were made on anti-corruption at the 1,251 companies that responded for the 2010 edition (pdf) in the realm of explicit policies, or at least within overall corporate codes.  Corruption is but one category in the survey, which asks questions of the Global Compact’s four issue areas: human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.