“We Won’t Give Up” (OECD Blog)

“We won’t give up,” said Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.  We won’t give up, he repeated.  Even though several countries that have signed the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials haven’t yet enforced their anti-bribery laws through a prosecution?  Even though some countries still won’t sign onto a treaty that binds parties to implement laws banning bribery of foreign officials?  Even though every year there are yet more corporate scandals and fines?  No, he said, we won’t give up.

Yesterday I was in Paris chairing a panel discussion on ISO 37001 at the Ethic Intelligence Standard and Guidelines in Anti-Corruption Compliance at the OECD Conference Center.  The best and brightest minds in international anti-corruption, including numerous high-level government officials and ministers, came together along with CCOs and law firm leaders to discuss the intersection of the public sector, private enterprise, government and Non-Governmental Organizations with respect to bribery.  What can we do to foster dialogue?  How can we work better together?  And most of all, why is this problem so pervasive?