OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

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. It is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the "supply side" of the bribery transaction. The Convention is an agreement among 40 major exporting countries to stop the practice of bribing foreign governments.

Latest Enforcement Report:

OECD Progress Report 2014

Corruption Report 2014 finds some positive developments for New Zealand, but more still to be done Read the full media release 23 Oct, 2014

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The ABC-officially the "OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions"-is one of the OECD projects.

OECD in New Zealand

The 34 OECD member countries and six non-member countries have adopted this Convention. New Zealand has been a member since 2001.

OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions

The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (Working Group) is responsible for monitoring the implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. The Working Group is made up of representatives from the 40 States Parties to the Convention, as well as Latvia, which is in the process of acceding to the Convention, and meets four times per year in Paris. The OECD Working Group on Bribery publishes data on enforcement by the Parties in its annual reports.

Transparency International

Transparency International's annual report on foreign bribery enforcement presents an independent assessment on the status of enforcement in all of the 40 Parties to the Convention.  Results of the TI report and the Working group report to date are basically similar - both indicate that in half of the countries there is little or no enforcement against foreign bribery and show that Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States have the most active enforcement.

Previous Articles and Reports

OECD Anti Bribery Convention 2013 Enforcement Update
OECD Working Group on Bribery and Transparency International both update enforcement in New Zealand 4 Oct, 2013
TINZ Media Release OECD Progress Report 2012
Still not enough action on foreign corruption; New Zealand government needs to raise awareness of bribery issues 6 Sep, 2012
2010 OECD Progress Report
Enforcement of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Treansactions. Fritz Heimann and Gillian Dell, 28 July 2010 28 Jul, 2010
New Zealand OCED Anti Bribery Convention Enforcement 2008
New Zealand OECD Anti-Bribery Report 2008 1 Jan, 2008


Recent Activity

Defence Inquiry Media Release
Transparency needed to support the integrity of our Defence Force 2 Apr, 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index (TI CPI) has found that the New Zealand and Denmark public sectors are the least corrupt in the world. 25 Jan, 2017

TINZ OGP Submission
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) submitted recommendations for New Zealand’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP). Among the recommendations were a call for more ambition in creating NAPs and developing channels of communication for improving engagement with citizens. 19 Aug, 2016