Bribery and corruption

OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions


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. It is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the ‘supply side’ of the bribery transaction. The 34 OECD member countries and seven non-member countries - Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Latvia, Russia, and South Africa - have adopted this Convention (Entry into force  and OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: Status of Ratification).


Text of the Convention

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This booklet contains the official text and commentaries of the 1997 Convention, the 2009 Recommendation of the Council for Further Combating Bribery, the 2009 Recommendation on the Tax Deductibility of Bribes to Foreign Public Officials and other related instruments:

Unofficial translations*:

* Please note these unofficial translations do not yet include the May 2011 updates to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises section on combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion.


Implementing the Convention, country by country

The Convention itself establishes an open-ended, peer-driven monitoring mechanism to ensure the thorough implementation of the international obligations that countries have taken on under the Convention. This monitoring is carried out by the OECD Working Group on Bribery which is composed of members of all State Parties. The country monitoring reports contain recommendations formed from rigorous examinations of each country.


Making Sure That Bribes Don’t Pay

17/12/2012 - This editorial by Mark Pieth and Huguette Labelle marking the 15th anniversary of the signature of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, calls on Parties to the OECD's Anti-Bribery Convention to step up enforcement of their anti-bribery laws.


2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendation

The States Parties to the OECD 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.


OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions

The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (Working Group) is responsible for monitoring the implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, the 2009 Recommendation and related instruments. The Working Group is made up of representatives from the 41 States Parties to the Convention and meets four times per year in Paris.


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