To better inform global anti-corruption compliance programs, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is teaming up with the Global Business School Network (GBSN) to research how anti-corruption compliance training impacts worker behavior and business performance. In early July 2021, CIPE and GBSN hosted a virtual launch meeting for the research program with academics representing… Read More

In 2019, international corporations were fined more for breaking bribery laws than ever before. The milestone year saw the largest-ever collection of fines for violations of the U.S. Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), at $2.65 billion. 2019 also featured the largest-ever corporate settlement:  a combined $1.06 billion agreement by Ericsson, a Swedish telecommunications firm. In… Read More

  France has long been criticized for falling short on enforcement of its international obligations to fight corruption abroad, including the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention that mandated member states to criminalize bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions. That changed with the introduction of Sapin II, a new law similar to the U.S. Foreign… Read More

Photo Credit: Forty years ago, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a novel statute called the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). It was the first-ever such statute in the world to govern business conduct abroad and address corruption violations involving bribery of foreign government officials. While the enforcement was initially slow, over time the… Read More

Photo Credit: Peter Linke (via Flickr) There is an ongoing debate regarding ‘pay by results’ in the international aid community. The pay by results (PbR) model is one in which aid recipient governments only receive donor funds upon achieving an agreed upon outcome – number of schools built, children inoculated, etc. For example, if the… Read More

Photo Credit: Wikipedia via What makes the Odebrecht case so special? In December 2016, Brazil’s biggest construction company Odebrecht and its petrochemical subsidiary Braskem agreed to pay at least $3.5 billion to Brazilian, US, and Swiss authorities in a multi-country Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement. Aside from this record-breaking settlement, the Odebrecht case… Read More

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