Bribery and corruption

Strengthening the Anti-Bribery Convention: Review of the 2009 OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation


The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the ‘supply side’ of the bribery transaction. To ensure that it continues to respond to the challenges of fighting foreign bribery, the OECD launched a review of the 2009 OECD Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation) in December 2018. This review will be conducted by the OECD Working Group on Bribery and is scheduled for completion by early 2020.


About the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the 2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendation

The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention establishes legally binding standards to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and provides for a host of related measures that make this effective. 


In 2009, Parties to the Convention agreed to put in place new measures to reinforce their efforts to prevent, detect and investigate foreign bribery with the adoption of the OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation. The Recommendation contains provisions for combating small facilitation payments, protecting whistleblowers, improving communication between public officials and law enforcement authorities, and includes the OECD Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance.



Public consultation

As part of this review process, the OECD will hold a series of consultation events as well as an online public consultation.


Consultation events

20-21 March 2019 - A series of panel and roundtable discussions will take place iat the OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum and other events during OECD Integrity Week.

11 Dec 2018 - The OECD Working Group on Bribery’s annual consultation on fighting foreign bribery with the private sector and civil society included an item on the review.


Online written consultation

The OECD will launch a written public consultation online during the second quarter of 2019.  A consultation document containing information on the process, procedure and timing will made available to help stakeholders provide specific feedback.




Daisy Pelham, Communications Officer, OECD Anti-Corruption Division l



OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

OECD Working Group on Bribery

Phase 4 monitoring of the Convention




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