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Facilitation Payments: A Crime for UK Companies

The UK has gone beyond the requirements of the OECD Anti-bribery Convention and outlawed facilitation payments - grease payments - normally made to speed up access to services to which businesses are entitled.

The UK situation contrasts with that of other OECD countries, including the USA, which specifically draw a distinction between the payment of a bribe and a facilitation payment.

The following lists all references contained in our database that are relevant to this briefing
Radio National (accessed web site 11/03/2003)  [Publication date: 15/7/2001] 'Doing Business Overseas: Ethical Dilemmas' by Nicole Johnston
[Date URL accessed: 11/3/2003 | Source ID = 7841]

Lloys List International  [Publication date: 28/4/2004] 'UK declares war against corruption in commerce: New measures to fight money laundering and deter bribery in securing overseas contracts' by Matthew Saunders
[Date URL accessed: 20/5/2004 | Source ID = 8940]

The Lawyer  [Publication date: 14/7/2003] 'Property: Pay day'
[Date URL accessed: 21/5/2004 | Source ID = 8972]


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