OECD Standards
The Public Integrity Recommendation

This Recommendation provides policy makers with the blueprint for a public integrity strategy. It shifts the focus from ad hoc integrity policies to a comprehensive, risk-based approach with an emphasis on cultivating a culture of integrity across the whole of society. It is built on three pillars: System, Culture and Accountability.

This Recommendation was adopted on 26 January 2017.


Corruption hinders both public and private sector productivity. It perpetuates inequality and poverty, impacting well-being and the distribution of income and undermining opportunities to participate equally in social, economic and political life.

Integrity is essential for building strong institutions and assures citizens that the government is working in their interest, not just for the select few. Integrity is not just a moral issue, it is also about making economies more productive, public sectors more efficient, societies and economies more inclusive. It is about restoring trust, not just trust in government, but trust in public institutions, regulators, banks, and corporations.

This Recommendation updates and replaces the 1998 Recommendation on Improving Ethical Conduct in the Public Service including Principles for Managing Ethics in the Public Service, which was the first international instrument in the area of managing ethics and enhancing integrity. 


This recommendation updates and replaces the 1998 OECD Recommendation on Improving Ethical Conduct in the Public Service, to respond to the context changes and take into account new evidence in the field of integrity. The Recommendation was drafted in consultation with many stakeholders. A public consultation was held. You can access the Concise Summary of the received comments and the Compilation of all comments received.

The full text of the Recommendation of the Council on Public Integrity is available on the OECD database of legal instruments where you can also find additional information and any future updates.