Bribery and corruption

Propriety, Integrity and Transparency


OECD Declaration on Propriety, Integrity and Transparency in the Conduct of International Business and Finance (the PIT Declaration)

The financial crisis and its aftermath have revealed the extent to which the good functioning of markets and hence of the world economy depends on propriety, integrity and transparency in the conduct of business. Countries around the globe have a shared interest in strong, clean and fair markets and in ensuring they deliver sustainable growth and development.


The OECD has worked for many years on developing standards and tools for a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy. It contributed to the elaboration of the “Lecce Framework” adopted by the G8 finance Ministers in Lecce in June 2009. This ultimately resulted in the adoption by OECD countries as well as Brazil and Russia at the 2010 OECD Council Ministerial Meeting, under Italian chairmanship, of the The Declaration on Propriety, Integrity and Transparency in the Conduct of International Business and Finance (the PIT Declaration). Colombia, Morocco and Tunisia adhered to the PIT Declaration on the occasion of the 2012 OECD Ministerial Meeting, followed by Croatia in July 2012.


The PIT Declaration sets out the political commitments of OECD and other adhering countries in the areas of competition, corporate governance, investment and responsible business conduct, tax co-operation, anticorruption, interaction between government and business, quality of regulation and financial literacy and consumer protection.


The PIT Declaration is open to adherence by non-OECD countries.


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Boosting integrity and fighting corruption at the OECD

This brochure describes the multiple domains where the OECD is engaged in fighting corruption and boosting integrity


OECD instruments

Text of the PIT Declaration

2012 update on implementation

The OECD Secretary General’s 2010 Strategic Orientations 

2010 OECD Ministerial Meeting

The G20 Action Plan Against Corruption

2011 update on implementation



Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions 


2009 Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions


2009 Recommendation on Tax Measures for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions




OECD Recommendation on Competition Assessment


Best Practices for the Formal Exchange of Information Between Competition Authorities in Hard Core Investigations (pdf)


Fighting bid rigging in public procurement


Recommendation concerning Structural Separation in Regulated Industries


OECD Recommendation on Merger Review


Anticompetitive practices affecting international trade - OECD Recommendation concerning co-operation between OECD countries


Corporate governance

G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance


OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises


Financial literacy and consumer protection

Recommendation on Principles and Good Practices for Financial Educationand Awareness(pdf)

Recommendation on Good Practices for Financial Education and Awareness Relating to Credit (pdf)


G-20 High-level Principles on Financial Consumer Protection


Interaction between government and business

2008 Recommendation on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement


2003 Recommendation for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service


OECD Principles for Managing Ethics in the Public Service


OECD Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

Investment and responsible business conduct


OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas


The Policy Framework for Investment (PFI)


OECD Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones


Quality of regulation

Recommendation on Improving the Quality of Government Regulation

Guiding Principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance

Policy Framework for Effective and Efficient Financial Regulation


Tax co-operation

Standards on Transparency and Effective Exchange of Information

Recommendation on the Use of the OECD Model Memorandum of Understanding on Automatic Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations



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