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Anti-Bribery Enforcement on the Rise

Jaclyn Jaeger | September 18, 2012

Tougher enforcement of anti-bribery laws around the world has resulted in more companies facing prosecutions, according to a new report from anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

Countries involved in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development's Anti-Bribery Convention, a coalition established to fight global corruption, added a total number of 144 open cases of criminal prosecutions, civil actions, and judicial investigations related to bribery of foreign officials, according to TI's latest report. The United States led the way, adding 48 new cases since last year, while Germany was next with 41 new cases.

“Last year, we were concerned, because we didn't see an increase in enforcement,” says Gillian Dell, program manager of global outreach at Transparency International. She says that the numbers have increased in the last year, however. “They're still not enforcing enough, but there is progress,” she says.

Despite the increase in...

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