Anti-bribery thematic reports


The OECD series of anti-bribery thematic reports apply the expertise and experience of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions in implementing anti-bribery measures to analyses of the methods and patterns used in corruption cases. These reports can be used by researchers, governments, law enforcement authorities and international organisations to review bribery patterns and to improve the effectiveness of current anti-bribery policies and measures.

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Resolving Foreign Bribery Cases with Non-Trial Resolutions

March 2019  

This study is the first cross-country examination of the different types of resolutions, commonly known as "settlements", that can be used to resolve foreign bribery cases. Covering 27 of the 44 Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention, the Study documents the non-trial resolution mechanisms available to resolve foreign bribery cases with individuals and/or legal persons with the imposition of sanctions and/or confiscation. 

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Foreign Bribery Enforcement: What happens to public officials on the receiving end?

December 2018

This study explores whether there is a "flip side" to enforcement actions that ended in sanctions for the supply-side of a foreign bribery transaction.  It focuses on what happened on the receiving end of this transaction. That is to say, were the public officials in the demand-side country also sanctioned or otherwise disciplined? 

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The Detection of Foreign Bribery

December 2017

This study looks at the primary sources of detection for the foreign bribery offence and the role that certain public agencies and private sector actors can play in uncovering this crime. It examines the practices developed in different sectors and countries which have led to the successful detection of foreign bribery with a view to sharing good practices and improving countries’ capacity to detect and ultimately step-up efforts against transnational bribery.

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Liability of Legal Persons for Foreign Bribery: A Stocktaking Report

December 2016

This stocktaking report first presents a chronology of how systems for the liability of legal persons have evolved among the Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention. It then presents a “mapping” of the features of these systems for the Parties.

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Typology on Mutual Legal Assistance in Foreign Bribery Cases 

December 2012

This study focuses on the challenges that arise in providing and obtaining mutual legal assistance (MLA) in foreign bribery cases. Because these cases take place across borders, effective MLA between countries is crucial for the successful investigation, prosecution and sanctioning of this crime. Building on the experience of law enforcement officials and MLA experts, this study offers guidance on how to overcome many of the challenges associated with MLA and identifies some best practices to help avoid obstacles in the future.

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Identification and Quantification of the Proceeds of Bribery

Identification and Quantification of the Proceeds of Bribery: A joint OECD-StAR analysis

March 2012

This study focuses on the identification and quantification of the proceeds of active bribery in international business transactions. Public and private organisations alike have long recognised that bribery of public officials is harmful to good governance, economic development and competitive conditions. Confiscation and recovery of the proceeds derived from foreign bribery are key elements in the international framework to fight corruption of public officials.





Typologies on the Role of Intermediaries in International Business Transactions

Typologies on the Role of Intermediaries in International Business Transactions

October 2009

Intermediaries fulfil a key role in international business transactions. While many of them perform lawful tasks, many also engage in bribery of foreign public officials. This report focuses on the use of intermediaries in cases of bribery of foreign public officials.






Bribery in Public Procurement: Methods, Actors and Counter-Measures

Bribery in Public Procurement: Methods, Actors and Counter-Measures

May 2007

This report throws light on the shadowy mechanisms and patterns of bribery in public procurement, and offers insider expertise that governments and international organisations can use to improve their anti-corruption policies.






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