In 2008, ten years after their adoption, the Working Group on Bribery undertook a review of the OECD Instruments on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
More than 30 representatives of civil society, the private sector, multi-lateral institutions and the legal profession met with the Working Group on Bribery on 16 June 2008 for a discussion on how to strengthen measures for preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of bribing foreign public officials.
Participating individuals and organisations had an opportunity to clarify and expand upon their written responses to the Working Group on Bribery’s Consultation Paper on the Review of the OECD Instruments on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
This meeting followed an online public consultation, which took place between 10 January and 31 March 2008. Stakeholders were asked to comment on the major issues that have arisen in the course of monitoring implementation of the anti-bribery instruments. A total of 35 organisations and individuals – including international legal experts, multi-lateral organisations, NGOs, prosecutors, accounting and auditing professionals, and private-sector representatives – shared their views. The Working Group is grateful for the strong response to its consultation paper and is pleased to publish all Individual Responses to the Consultation Paper.
Finally, the result of these consultations culminated on 26 November 2009, when the OECD Council adopted the new Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials. The instrument reviews were crucial to the Working Group on Bribery’s development of the 2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendation.