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OECD Foreign Bribery Report
OECD Foreign Bribery Report
December 2014

The OECD has an arsenal of legal instruments and recommendations for fighting corruption in its many forms, including through criminalising bribery in international business. Until now, however, there have been very few successful attempts to measure this complex and covert crime. We have been fighting in the dark. Often disguised through a series of offshore transactions, multiple intermediaries and complex corporate structures, the detection, investigation and sanctioning of foreign bribery requires expertise, time and co-operation.


The OECD Foreign Bribery Report brings us, for the first time, face to face with our foe. This report endeavours to measure, and to describe, transnational corruption based on data from 427 foreign bribery cases concluded between 1999 and 2014.

Key findings
Most international bribes are paid by large companies, usually with the knowledge of senior management
The average of bribes analysed equalled 10.9% of the total transaction value and 34.5% of the profits
Bribes are generally paid to win contracts from state-owned or controlled companies in advanced economies, rather than in the developing world