The 15th meeting of the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) will take place at the OECD on 7-9 October. The meeting will bring together 25 countries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
24 September 2015 - At the 2015 Global Investigations Review awards, the OECD collected the prize for the "most important investigations development" category. The OECD was given the award in recognition of its tireless work promoting foreign bribery enforcement around the world.
Trafficking in persons is one of the most lucrative forms of organised crime and requires systematic corruption. To date, there is no international instrument that comprehensively focuses on the important link between corruption and trafficking in persons and that aims at addressing both. Addressing these two issues jointly is key to effectively curb human trafficking.
To tackle these challenges and mitigate their effects, the OECD is working in a wide spectrum of policy areas: anti-bribery, public procurement, lobbying or money laundering. Strengthening the role of internal controls and audit functions is one of our key tools to help combat corruption and fraud.
Vast amounts are lost to illicit financial flows, including tax evasion, money laundering, bribery and corruption. These crimes threaten the strategic, political and economic interests of both developed and developing countries. In a world of limited resources and increasing complexity, it is essential for government authorities to work closely together in a “whole of government” approach to best address these challenges.
This report uses survey data to analyse the levels of co-operation between the authorities combatting serious financial crimes such as tax crimes, bribery corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing. More specifically, it assesses various models for the sharing of Suspicious Transaction Reports by the Financial Intelligence Unit with the tax administration, both for criminal and civil purposes.
There are concrete steps that can be taken in achieving a culture of integrity. To achieve this, we work with countries to adopt a whole-of-society approach. That means all stakeholders, public, private and civil society, must work together to make it happen.
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South Africa has a solid legislative framework for combating the bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions, yet it needs to better enforce the law prohibiting the bribery of foreign public officials and make sure that South African companies know how to effectively prevent such bribery in their foreign business deals.
Fighting Illicit Financial Flows: Are Partnerships and Policy Coherence the keys to success?
Israel is not sufficiently proactive in detecting and investigating foreign bribery, with no prosecutions over the past 7 years, despite 14 allegations of foreign bribery involving Israeli individuals or companies. The OECD Working Group on Bribery is, however, encouraged by the recently-opened investigations, and will pay close attention to how these evolve.