FCPA enforcement has waxed and waned during Eric Holder's six-year tenure as U.S. Attorney General. But that's not the whole picture. During the same time, global anti-corruption enforcement has picked up speed and is more robust today than ever. Enforcement actions are breaking out all over -- from Japan to Canada, from the UK, Italy, France and Germany to Australia, and across Scandinavia to Africa and South America. The enforcement world is now a different place.
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The G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group has issued recommendations for G20 leaders to support economic growth through transparent institutions and enforcement mechanisms that combat foreign bribery.
China's crackdown on domestic corruption is by now widely known. But many, including myself, have suspected that a crackdown on foreign bribery would be much slower to develop. Recent news might begin to prove us wrong.
This post, the first of two parts, is based on an article that first appeared in the Magazine of the Deutsch-Amerkanische Juristen-Vereinigung by T. Markus Funk. Mr. Funk is a partner at Perkins Coie specializing in global anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations. The article is here.
For the third time, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Phase 3 working group has reported that a country and party to the OECD's anti-corruption convention has failed to bring a single foreign bribery case to trial.
This post is the first in a series of three on the topic of conflict minerals. The first examines the origins of the reporting requirement, and the following two will explore what constitutes sufficient due diligence when conducting an investigation of a company and its supply chain.
Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 requires companies using conflict minerals in their products to disclose the source of such minerals, hoping to dissuade companies from continuing to engage in trade that supports these human rights abuses.
The B20 Task Force on Improving Transparency and Anti-Corruption's latest report is out, and the former director of the UK's Serious Fraud Office told me that there has been some notable changes of detail in it.
Through a number of legislative measures in 2013, France has strengthened its capacity to fight graft. One such reform relates to prosecutorial independence with regard to foreign bribery offenses.
Industry Canada, a department of the nation's government that works to improve conditions for investment and create an efficient and competitive marketplace, is conducting public consultations on the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Specifically, Industry Canada is focusing on matters such as executive compensation, corporate transparency, combating bribery and corruption and fostering corporate social responsibility, among others, to help provide standards in the corporate governance of businesses of all sizes.
The former director of the UK Serious Fraud Office, Richard Alderman, shared with the FCPA Blog a Preliminary Study (pdf here) conducted by the B20 Task Force on Improving Transparency and Anti-Corruption that focuses on regulatory developments that could enhance the private sector's role in fighting global corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Handbook for Business is ready, and its authors at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Bank hope it provides helpful guidance in the global effort to eradicate corrupt practices.