Directorate for Public Governance

OECD Principles for Managing Ethics in the Public Service


The Principles

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Aims of the Principles

 The OECD Principles for Managing Ethics in the Public Service provide guidance to policy makers to review their integrity management systems (instruments, processes and actors). 

The Principles are intended to be an instrument for countries to adapt to national conditions, and to find their own ways of balancing the various aspirational and compliance elements to arrive at an effective framework to suit their own circumstances.


Main Features

The 12 Principles focus on 4 main functions of integrity management systems:

  • Determining and defining integrity
  • Guiding towards integrity
  • Monitoring integrity
  • Enforcing integrity


Together these principles support the implementation of international legal instruments developed within the framework of the OECD, as well as other organisations such as the United Nations, Organisation of American States, European Union and Council of Europe.


Case Studies/ Country Experiences

Trust in Government: Ethics Measures in OECD Countriespresents information and analysis on practices in member countries to promote integrity in the public service. The publication is based on the results of a survey conducted in 29 OECD member countries (excluding the Slovak Republic which acceded to the OECD in 2000).





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