OECD Working Group on Bribery
Its comments and recommendations on public procurement and bribery of foreign officials

by Susan Hawley

first published 28 February 2006

The OECD Working Group on Bribery's peer review examinations (Phase 2 reviews) of how countries are implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention are an invaluable source of information about practice in different countries in combating bribery. The Convention itself envisages excluding companies from public procurement and public advantages as an administrative sanction if companies are convicted of bribing foreign officials.

This briefing paper pulls together all the comments and recommendations made so far in Phase 2 reviews about public procurement, and summarises the extent to which countries have developed procedures for excluding companies convicted of bribery from public procurement. The briefing was prepared in the context of discussions between the UK's Office of Government Commerce and various interested parties about how a new EU Procurement Directive, which requires mandatory exclusion from public procurement for companies convicted of corruption or money laundering, should be implemented.