OECD Work on Anti-corruption and Integrity
OECD Work on Anti-corruption and Integrity

The OECD has been a driving force in the global anti-corruption movement for more than four decades. The overarching objectives of the organisation's anti-corruption and integrity (ACI) work is to support trustworthy institutions and open, efficient and inclusive markets. These objectives are aligned with the OECD's commitment to promoting policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD works toward these objectives by setting global standards and providing the tools for their implementation. In addition to providing data and analysis, the OECD convenes and works with the international ACI community to share practices and experiences. 

Why the fight against corruption matters
Jurisdictions have started the automatic exchange of bank information, marking a huge step forward for tax transparency
billion USD - the value of imported counterfeit and pirated goods worldwide
of foreign bribery involves public procurement
Intensifying anti-corruption and integrity efforts

Corruption is a global scourge that imposes costs in terms of human suffering that go far beyond the money lost to bribery, embezzlement or fraud. Counterfeit medical drugs at best do no good and at worst can kill; bridges built with substandard materials at best cost more to maintain and repair and at worst may collapse, injuring and killing people. 

The global fight against corruption needs to be intensified to ensure economic recovery, achieve better services with taxpayers’ money and re-establish trust around the world.

The OECD’s role in the fight against corruption

Since the OECD’s establishment in 1961, the OECD has developed around 270 legal instruments, many of which have become international standards promoting integrity.

The Anti-Bribery Convention is one of the most important international tools to combat bribing activities. Since it entered into force in 1999, the Convention has helped governments to pass laws, strengthen their regulations, and to strenghten their enforcement capacity in order to comply with the Convention.

The OECD’s work also covers a wide-ranging spectrum of areas relevant to anti-corruption and integrity, developing standards and best practices on issues such as bribery, procurement, public financial management, public and private sector integrity, illicit trade, development assistance and tax issues.

In all countries and at all levels of society, corruption threatens to distort social and economic interactions, reducing efficiency and increasing inequality by favouring the well-positioned. As a result, the cost of doing business increases, public resources are wasted and the poor are pushed aside.
Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General