Corporate governance


State-Owned Enterprises and Corruption

What Are the Risks and What Can Be Done?

Corruption is the antithesis of good governance, and it is a direct threat to the purpose of state ownership. This report brings a comprehensive set of facts and figures to the discussion about the corruption risks facing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and how they, and state ownership, go about addressing them. The report suggests options to help the state as an enterprise owner fight corruption and promote integrity in the SOE sector, laying the foundation for future OECD guidance on the subject.

Published on August 27, 2018


Executive Summary
About this report
The risk of corruption in and around state-owned enterprises: What do we know?
Promoting integrity and preventing corruption in state-owned enterprises: What works and what does not?
The state as an active and informed owner: What can and should it do?
Annexes2 chapters available
Respondent characteristics
OECD 2017 Survey of Anti-Corruption and Integrity in State-Owned Enterprises
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Key findings

The most-often observed instances of corruption involve non-management employees and mid-level managers.
Oil and gas, mining, postal, energy and transportation and logistics are the sectors where corrupt and other irregular practices are most often observed.
The greatest obstacles to integrity with SOEs are relations with the government (including a perceived lack of integrity in the public and political sector), and employee behaviour (including opportunistic behaviour by individuals).