THE ICAC is to forge ahead with its campaign to cut graft in business - despite mixed results in trying to get firms to come up with their own codes of conduct. The Independent Commission Against Corruption's business ethics programme now plans to shift its attention from management to junior officers this year. Under the ICAC's scheme, 'staff at every level' would have a say in working out an ethical business framework to halt graft opportunities. In the past two years, the ICAC has approached all 511 companies listed on the stock exchange, with 60 per cent coming up with codes of conduct. Of the 837 firms employing 100 or more workers, 57 per cent have responded to the programme. The ICAC wants to train up 6,000 private sector managers in corruption and fraud prevention to target kickbacks. The commission said it was stepping up its bid to halt corruption in the private sector, in which complaints had fallen by 10 per cent in the first nine months of 1995. It is also increasing efforts to tackle rising cross-border graft. The Governor said that ICAC Commissioner Bertrand de Speville had been given the opportunity to raise important issues affecting China-related corruption during his trip to Beijing. The ICAC revealed it would create a central transcription unit to improve the system of videotaping interviews with witnesses and suspects. The commission said that this year it wanted to review - with the help of the Constitutional Affairs Branch - some less serious offences in the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Ordinance. Many of the offences concern election-related malpractice. However, the ICAC said it had no intention of relinquishing responsibilities for investigating alleged offences under the ordinance. 'Our view is that some of the less serious offences need to be reviewed and this will be done in conjunction with CAB in due course,' the ICAC said. This year, amendments will be introduced to the Legislative Council from the ICAC Review Committee report.