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Data on enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention

 

11 December 2018 - The 2017 enforcement data has been collected from the Parties to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Decisions on Foreign Bribery Cases from 1999 to December 2017. The enforcement data includes the number of criminal, administrative and civil cases of foreign bribery that have resulted in a final disposition, such as a criminal conviction or acquittal, or similar findings under an administrative or civil procedure. Published for the first time in 2010, the enforcement data is updated annually by the OECD Working Group on Bribery (WGB). This edition contains a special focus on what happens to the public official in sanctioned. foreign bribery schemes.

 

2017 in a nutshell
  • 560 individuals and 184 entities have received criminal sanctions for foreign bribery between the time the Convention entered into force in 1999 and the end of 2017.
  • At least 125 of the sanctioned individuals have been sentenced to prison for foreign bribery, including at least 11 for prison terms exceeding 5 years.
  • For the 97 individuals for whom information is available on the length of (non-suspended) prison terms, 11 were for more than 5 years, 41 were in the 2-5 year range, 26 in the 1-2 year range and 19 were less than 1 year.
  • Over 500 investigations are ongoing in 30 Parties.
  • At least 155 criminal proceedings (against 146 individuals and 9 entities) are ongoing for foreign bribery in 11 Parties.

Highlights from the 2016 data
  • Three countries adopted law reforms designed to support more effective anti-bribery law enforcement. Reforms include the lengthening the statute of limitations (Italy), creating corporate liability for corruption (Argentina) and reinforcing laws on anti-money laundering laws and confiscation of the proceeds of foreign bribery (Japan).  
  • Three Parties joined the list of jurisdictions that are known to have sanctioned foreign bribery: Brazil, Spain and Australia.  This brings to 23 the total number of Parties to the Convention that have sanctioned foreign bribery at least once, but it also means that 21 Parties have never sanctioned foreign bribery. 

 

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FIGHTING THE CRIME OF FOREIGN BRIBERY: A SNAPSHOT OF IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT

December 2018 - The fight against foreign bribery is a core shared value that unites all 44 Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention. This brochure provides a snapshot of 18 years of implementation and enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention.

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THE OECD FOREIGN BRIBERY REPORT

December 2014 - this report endeavours to measure and describe transnational corruption based on data from the 427 foreign bribery cases that had been concluded since the entry into force of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in 1999 and mid-2014.

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