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IMPROPER INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

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Definition:
Clarification of the meaning of improper political activity is a subject of ongoing relevance with respect to OECD anti-corruption instruments.

At a minimum, political involvement is deemed improper in a foreign country if it is illegal in a company’s home or host country. For instance, under the legal systems of some countries, an advantage promised or given to any person, in anticipation of his or her becoming a foreign public official, is illegal; under the legal systems of many countries it is considered technically distinct from the offence of bribery.

Context:
More generally, in thinking about this issue, companies might want to ask themselves whether their political activities are transparent; whether they would feel comfortable if these activities were described in detail in the media; and whether their activities are in the best interests of the host country.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2006, Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Conducting Business in Weak Governance Zones, OECD, Paris.

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Monday, July 23, 2007

Last updated on Thursday, July 26, 2007