Let me be clear: I am wholly unconvinced by this statement. It, and the linked web site statement, make very clear that it views corruption as bribery and criminality. Defined in that way all this statement says is that these professional bodies are willing to remind their members not to break the law. In technical terms that’s called a ‘no brainer’.
And this is not good enough, by a long way. Why? Because this statement does not say anything about, let alone condemn:
The secrecy that tax havens provides that is designed to, and does distort markets
The secrecy that tax havens provides that is designed to facilitate tax avoidance at cost to democratically elected governments
The role of accountants, lawyers and others in creating this secrecy that is shared with the structures used for illegal acts
The role of accountants, lawyers and others in shaping the laws of tax havens to permit transactions of these types
The organised attack that the actions of these lawyers and accountants undertake on the right of democratic states to impose their law on the transactions that are undertaken within their domains, the impact of which is unknown or not reported because of the secrecy that these professional people create, which act of creating secrecy for gain at cost to society at large is itself a form of corruption
Or to put it another way, these bodies are not condemning their members who act to promote market distortion, tax abuse and the undermining of democracy.
Outraged, of course, that they don’t use the definition of corruption which the voices just gave him and HIM ALONE!