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OECD Releases Data on Enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention

December 12, 2017
Categories: Anti-corruption, Bribery, Compliance, Corruption

According to a recent report from the OECD Working Group on Bribery (WGB), 443 individuals and 158 entities have been sanctioned in criminal proceedings for foreign bribery between 1999 and the end of 2016.

The 2016 Data on Enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention also indicated that countries are cooperating more in foreign bribery cases. More than 40 percent of the resolutions of U.S. foreign bribery cases involved cooperation with foreign law enforcement agencies, a significant increase over the past decade.

Of the 443 individuals who have been sanctioned, at least 125 were sentenced to prison for foreign bribery. In addition to the criminal resolutions, at least 53 individuals and 95 separate entities have been sanctioned in civil and administrative proceedings for foreign bribery. And, at least 353 entities and 121 individuals have been sanctioned in administrative, civil and criminal cases for offenses related to foreign bribery, such as money laundering and false accounting. Austria and Israel were added to the list of WGB members who have imposed sanctions for foreign bribery, while there are still 22 WGB members who have yet to impose a sanction for foreign bribery.

The data review shows that the enforcement outcomes of foreign anti-bribery laws have been highly variable among members with some showing active enforcement and others essentially none. However, while this enforcement progress has been slow and uneven, the number of countries now actively enforcing their foreign anti-bribery laws is growing.

Read the data review here.

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