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Finland needs to take urgent steps to raise awareness among Finnish companies that they are criminally liable under Finnish law if they, or their local agents or subsidiaries on their behalf, bribe public officials when doing business abroad.
With austerity the order of the day in most OECD countries, the public is understandably anxious that budget cuts do as little harm as possible to the services they depend on. Few sectors capture the dilemmas this poses for policymakers quite like healthcare.
Efforts to end trade in conflict minerals advanced last week when 11 African countries endorsed an OECD system for responsible sourcing of raw materials.
The OECD today reappointed Angel Gurría to a second five-year mandate when his current term finishes on 1 June 2011. The decision by the OECD’s governing Council, composed of 33 member countries, constitutes an endorsement of Mr Gurría’s vision for the OECD.
Health ministers from OECD countries met in Paris to discuss how to meet urgent short-term fiscal concerns without sacrificing the quality and availability of health care, either now or in the future.
The OECD iLibrary, the new platform giving seamless and comprehensive access to statistical data, books, journals and working papers, is now available.
Twenty-eight jurisdictions from the Asia-Pacific region have adopted recommendations on fighting domestic and international bribery.
Since 2009, major progress has been achieved towards more transparency in tax matters. The Global Forum, which includes 94 member jurisdictions, is in charge of promoting progress. It was restructured in 2009 to address the G20 request for better tax cooperation.
To help young people through this crisis, government ministers, policy makers, decision makers, social workers, researchers, and representatives from the social partners, from NGOs and from youth associations will meet at a High-Level Forum – Jobs for Youth - in Oslo on 20-21 September.
The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) has awarded its International Compliance Award to the OECD and its Working Group on Bribery.