OECD fights international bribery: contributions by civil society
Civil society is a key actor in helping to ensure progress in OECD’s fight against bribery and corruption. Since the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions was created in 1994, four civil society organisations have been partners with the OECD in the fight against corruption:
were all strong supporters of the adoption of the OECD Anti-Bribery Instruments and were key players in mobilising 37 countries to become parties to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
Civil society actively participates in the implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Instruments, in particular by raising awareness and providing information on countries’ progress to the Working Group’s monitoring process. Civil society organisations also take an active role in examining salient anti-bribery issues discussed during the Working Group’s regular consultations with civil society representatives.
Civil society’s contribution to fighting corruption in non-member countries
Civil society organisations contribute to the Working Group’s anti-corruption initiatives with non-member countries. They are key partners in developing and implementing policies and practices to combat corruption in emerging and transitional economies.
Civil society organisations were among the founding members of the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) created in 1998, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/OECD Anti-corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific launched in 1999, and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) OECD Task Force on Business Integrity and Combating Bribery of Public Officials established in 2005. Civil society representatives are regularly invited to participate in activities of the Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme. Civil society organisations are among the participants in all regional events, including general meetings and thematic seminars.