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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.

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