Strengthening the Anti-Bribery Convention: Review of the 2009 OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation

The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the ‘supply side’ of the bribery transaction. To ensure that it continues to respond to the challenges of fighting foreign bribery, the OECD has launched a review of the 2009 OECD Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation).

This review will be conducted by the OECD Working Group on Bribery and is scheduled for completion by early 2020. The December 2018 OECD Consultation on Fighting Foreign Bribery provide stakeholders with a first opportunity to contribute to this process. 

About the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the 2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendation

The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention establishes legally binding standards to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and provides for a host of related measures that make this effective. 


In 2009, Parties to the Convention agreed to put in place new measures to reinforce their efforts to prevent, detect and investigate foreign bribery with the adoption of the OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation. The Recommendation contains provisions for combating small facilitation payments, protecting whistleblowers, improving communication between public officials and law enforcement authorities, and includes the OECD Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance.


Purpose of the review

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has decided to engage in a review of the 2009 OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation. The purpose of this exercise is to ensure that the standards set out in the Recommendation remain relevant and effective as new threats and challenges appear in the fight against foreign bribery.


Public Consultation

As part of this review process, the OECD will hold face-to-face consultations as well as an online public consultation.


Face-to-face consultations

The OECD Working Group on Bribery’s annual consultation on fighting foreign bribery with the private sector and civil society will include an item on the review of the OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation. This consultation will take place on 11December 2018 at the OECD in Paris, France. Interested parties should contact Chelsie Loveder:

A series of panel and roundtable discussions will take place in the context of the OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum on 20-21 March 2019 as well as OECD Integrity Week. It is a public event, and entry is free. Registration will open on 1 December 2018.

Written consultation

The OECD will launch a written public consultation online during the second quarter of 2019.  A consultation document containing information on the process, procedure and timing will made available to help stakeholders provide specific feedback. 

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