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UNICORN's latest report analyses the anti-bribery practices of the main Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).


Its analysis reveals that many ECAs are failing to use available and effective anti-corruption measures. It also finds that a number of ECAs are prevented from adopting potentially powerful sanctions, such as debarring due to a range of legal and technical barriers. The report recommends that these constraints be tackled on a thematic basis through focused transnational working groups.


The report also presents UNICORN's innovative Anti-bribery Index, which ranks ECAs on the basis of their anti-bribery practices. Overall, the G7 countries perform poorly, with Austria, Denmark and Australia well out in front.




UNICORN is a Global Unions Anti-corruption Network. Its overall mission is to mobilise workers to share information and coordinate action to combat international bribery. 

UNICORN collects empirical evidence on international bribery and publishes research on related policy issues.

UNICORN is supported by the international trade union bodies: the TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD); Public Services International (PSI); and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).


UNICORN is located within Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences. It is part of the Global Political Economy Research Group, which specialises in labour related aspects of globalisation.


Belgium and Sweden are next to be reviewed under the OECD Anti-bribery Convention. A team comprising lead examiners and experts from the OECD will visit Belgium during the period 10-14 January 2005 and Sweden from the 31st January to 4th February 2005. The lead examiners for Belgium's review are from Argentina and Switzerland. The Convention requires countries to criminalise the act of bribing a foreign public official. Anyone with information on bribery allegations involving Belgian or Swedish companies should contact either the UNICORN project or the OECD Anti-corruption secretariat. 


In October 2004 a team of OECD experts visited Hungary and Greece to assess the adequacy of steps taken to enforce the OECD Anti-bribery Convention.


In September 2004, Le Monde reported that Tracfin, the French government's anti-money-laundering unit, had discovered suspect cash transfers carried out between 1997 and 2001 between Total or one of its subsidiaries and a Swiss company. The case is now in the hands of the French investigative magistrate, Philippe Courroye.


The General Secretary of the construction workers' international trade union federation - the IFBWW - attended the UN Global Compact summit, August 2004, which adopted the new 10th principle on anti-corruption.


In July 2004, the World Bank finally blacklisted Canadian engineering group Acres International for a period of three years for paying bribes to win contracts in Lesotho.





UNICORN is financed by the Foundation Open Society Institute