Bribery in international business

OECD-Latin America anti-corruption programme


The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme strengthens implementation and enforcement of international and regional anti-corruption conventions and promotes integrity in the Latin American region.


Building on this, in 2007 the OECD and the OAS signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a framework for co-operation on anti-corruption efforts. This agreement supports the common objectives of state modernisation, preventing and fighting corruption, and fostering implementation of the 1996 Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (IACAC or OAS Convention), and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).


The five Latin American Parties to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico—form a bridge between the OECD and other countries and organisations in the region and help carry out the Programme’s objectives.


The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme is a platform for dialogue on the fight against bribery of foreign public officials among Parties to the OECD, OAS and UN Conventions. It involves representatives from a wide range of ministries, government agencies and non-government organisations in Latin America. The Programme provides an opportunity to share with Latin American countries best practices that emerged in the framework of the Working Group on Bribery. In return, the experience of the Latin American countries enriches the policy debate in the OECD.


The Programme also seeks to develop a dialogue and collaboration with the business community: The work on legal issues linked to the implementation of the Convention complements activities focused on the prevention of corruption in international transactions and the adoption of internal prevention mechanisms in companies.


The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme features periodic meetings hosted by the Latin American Parties to the OECD Convention—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico—with support from the OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The activities mix broad awareness-raising events and technical workshops and involve experts from the OECD Secretariat and members of the Working Group on Bribery.



Latin American Meeting on Private Sector Responsibility in the Fight against Corruption, 7-8 March 2013, Bogotá, Colombia
- OAS News Release

OECD, UNODC and DNP (Colombia) Meeting on Fight against Transnational Corruption, 1-2 March 2012, Bogota, Colombia

Conference on Corporate Responsibility for Promoting Integrity and Fighting Corruption, 21-23 July 2010, São Paulo, Brazil 

International Seminar: Criminal Liability of Legal Persons in Chile and Comparative Experiences / Seminario Internacional: Responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas en Chile y experiencias comparadas - (Seminario Internacional: Responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas en Chile y experiencias comparadas) (pdf - available in Spanish only), 19-20 July 2010, Santiago, Chile

Latin-American Regional Conference: Commitment and Co-operation in the Fight Against Corruption and Transnational Bribery, 29-30 September 2008, Mexico City, Mexico

Regional Conference on Detection, Investigation and Prosecution of Bribery and Meeting on Liability of Legal Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition, 27-28 September 2006, Santiago de Chile, Chile 

Specialised Training for Prosecutors on Anti-Corruption,  5-6 December 2005, Buenos Aires, Argentina



For more information about the OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme, please contact Ms. Leah Ambler, Anti-Corruption Division, OECD: