ICC Anti-Corruption Chair meets with OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria

  • 23 March 2009

The economic crisis threatens an erosion of ethical standards but also provides a unique opportunity for business and government to reinforce their commitment to fighting corruption, ICC Commission on Anti-Corruption Chairman François Vincke told Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary General Angel Gurría.

In a meeting with Mr Gurria and other high-level OECD officials on Wednesday, Mr Vincke and the Vice-Chairman of the ICC Commission on Anti-Corruption, Fritz Heimann, presented ICC’s anti-corruption tools, including the updated ICC publication Fighting Corruption – International Corporate Integrity Handbook

The volume, which covers subjects including bribery, extortion, money laundering, and whistle blowing, is expected to be a leading tool of reference for everyone active in the fight against corruption.

The full text of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions is also included in the ICC book.

Mr Gurria conveyed strong interest in ICC’s anti-corruption program and affirmed his deep commitment to a continuing cooperation between the OECD and ICC in the fight against corruption.

Last week ICC launched RESIST (Resisting Extortions and Solicitations in International Transactions), a programme developed in partnership with Transparency International, the UN Global Compact, and the World Economic Forum.

Many companies are vulnerable to solicitation and extortion when going about their daily business and have implemented complex compliance programmes to fight against bribery and corruption.