Private Sector

Learn about the manifestations of corruption involving the private sector and find more about donors' engagement in this area.

Corruption is not a problem exclusive to the public sector. Private sector corruption also damages developing countries. It may involve businesses corrupting public officials but can also take place between private sector actors only. Discover how economic development spurs initiatives to improve integrity and stamp out corruption in this sector that is crucial to lifting countries out of poverty.

This U4 Theme Page will help you, among other things, to:

  • Search and read critical assessments of donor projects on private sector corruption (see Other Resources below)
Author: OECD
Release date: June 2012

International co-operation against tax crimes and other financial crimes

International co-operation is essential in the fight against financial crimes, from money laundering involving corruption to corporate tax evasion. This OECD report aims at improving the understanding and use of international co-operation mechanisms. After describing the different agencies involved in the fight against financial crimes, the report provides an overview of the international instruments available and summarises current initiatives to improve inter-agency co-operation. The core of the report is a catalogue describing the basic features of the main instruments for international co-operation in combating financial crimes.

Author: Center for International Private Enterprise
Release date: January 2011

Combating Corruption: A Private Sector Approach

This toolkit introduces important concepts, explains how to address the underlying causes of corruption, and suggests concrete areas in which the private sector can lead governance reform. It includes: Costs and causes of corruption; Stages in the fight against corruption; Demand-side and supply-side ways to fight corruption; Case studies of anti-corruption programs in Bulgaria, Colombia, and Serbia.


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