OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

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The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (officially Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions) is a convention of the OECD aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries by encouraging sanctions against bribery in international business transactions carried out by companies based in the Convention member countries. Its goal is to create a truly level playing field in today's international business environment.


In 1989, the OECD established an ad hoc working group for comparative review of national legislations regarding the bribery of foreign public officials. In 1994, the OECD Ministerial Council adopted the recommendation of the "Council on Bribery in International Business Transactions"; The convention was signed on 17 December 1997 and came into force on 15 February 1999.[1] A revised recommendation was adopted in 2009.


Countries that have signed the convention are required to put in place legislation that criminalises the act of bribing a foreign public official. The OECD has no authority to implement the convention, but instead monitors implementation by participating countries. Countries are responsible for implementing laws and regulations that conform to the convention and therefore provide for enforcement. The OECD performs its monitoring function in a three-phased examination process. Phase 4 was launched on 16 March 2016. Phase I consists of a review of legislation implementing the conventions in the member country with the goal of evaluating the adequacy of the laws. Phase 2 assesses the effectiveness with which the legislation is applied.[citation needed]


The Convention is open to accession by any country which is a member of the OECD or has become a full participant in the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions. As of 2015, 41 countries have ratified or acceded to the convention:[2]

Colombia and Latvia are the most recent states to have ratified the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, having done so on January 19, 2013[3] and May 30, 2014,[4] respectively. Other countries that have participated as observers in the Working Group include China, Peru, Indonesia, and Malaysia.


  1. Boorman, Jack (2001-09-18). OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (PDF) (Report). IMF. Retrieved 2012-03-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ratification status.
  3. Carrere, Jean (2011-11-30). "Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention". Colombia Reports. Retrieved 2012-03-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention" (Press release). Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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