Bribery in international business
Data on enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention
14 November 2017 - The 2016 enforcement data has been collected from the Parties to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Decisions on Foreign Bribery Cases from 1999 to December 2016. 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 international co-operation in anti-bribery law enforcement.
2016 in a nutshell
- Countries appear to be cooperating more on foreign bribery cases, with press releases showing more than 40% of the resolutions in US foreign bribery cases involved co-operation with foreign law enforcement agencies, well up from 10 years ago.
- Three countries adopted key law reforms that are expected to support more effective anti-bribery law enforcement. Reforms include the introduction of negotiated settlements, broadened jurisdiction, enhanced whistle-blowers’ protection and amended laws on the liability of legal persons.
- Two countries – Austria and Israel – were added to the list of WGB members that have imposed sanctions for foreign bribery. Nevertheless, 22 WGB members have never imposed a sanction for foreign bribery.
Highlights from the 2016 data
- 443 individuals and 158 entities have been sanctioned in criminal proceedings for foreign bribery between the time the Convention entered into force in 1999 and end-2016.
- At least 125 of the sanctioned individuals were sentenced to prison for foreign bribery.
- At least 53 individuals and 95 entities have been sanctioned in administrative and civil proceedings for foreign bribery in 4 Parties.
- At least 121 individuals and 235 entities have been sanctioned in criminal, administrative and civil cases for other offences related to foreign bribery, such as money laundering or false accounting, in 8 Parties.
- Over 500 investigations are ongoing in 29 Parties. Prosecutions are ongoing against 125 individuals and 19 entities in 11 Parties for offences under the Convention.
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FIGHTING THE CRIME OF FOREIGN BRIBERY: A SNAPSHOT OF IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT
December 2017 - The fight against foreign bribery is a core shared value that unites all 43 Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention. This brochure provides a snapshot of 18 years of implementation and enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention.
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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