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OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

The Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the Anti-Bribery Convention) is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the “supply side” of the bribery transaction – the person or entity offering, promising or giving a bribe. As a legally binding international agreement, parties to the Convention agree to establish the bribery of foreign public officials as a criminal offence under their laws and to investigate, prosecute and sanction this offence.


Corruption entails costs that no country can afford. Serious harm results when public officials take bribes, for example, when awarding contracts to foreign businesses in areas such as road construction, water infrastructure, medicines or electricity. In addition to the human suffering caused by inferior products and services, bribery derails the functioning of markets and undermines economic development. By monitoring countries' implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention and ensuring they uphold their obligations, the OECD Working Group on Bribery is leading global efforts to fight bribery of foreign public officials in international trade and investment. The fight against foreign bribery is a core shared value that unites all 44 Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention. The Parties’ commitment to this fight is grounded in the recognition that no government or market economy can function effectively if it is riddled by bribery.

Key information

Implementation and Enforcement

The Convention establishes an open-ended, peer-driven monitoring mechanism carried out by the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

Text of the Convention

This booklet contains the official text and commentaries of the 1997 Anti Bribery Convention and related instruments: the 2009 Recommendation of the Council for Further Combating Bribery, the 2009 Recommendation on the Tax Deductibility of Bribes to Foreign Public Officials, the Recommendation for Development Co-operation Actors on Managing the Risk of Corruption and the Recommendation on Bribery and Officially Supported Export Credits

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Unofficial translations which do not include the May 2011 updates to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises section on combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion are availableArabic | Chinese | Spanish

2009 Recommendation & 2019 Review

The 2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendation

Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention have agreed to put in place new measures that will reinforce their efforts to prevent, detect and investigate foreign bribery with the adoption of the OECD Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

The 2019 Review

Destined to raise a variety of cross-cutting issues that have emerged over the last decade and identify new trends and challenges, the OECD Working Group on Bribery is currently conducting a review of the 2009 Recommendation. The review is scheduled for completion in 2020.


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