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Diamond Corruption Cases

UNICORN collects information on reported allegations and cases of bribery involving OECD Multinational Companies around the world to:

  • Obtain a comprehensive view of blood diamond or conflict diamond regions throughout the world but especially in African countries such as Angola, the Ivory Coast and Sierra Lione. After Global Witness picked up on the issue of conflict diamonds in 1998. In 2000 there was the Fowler Report which detailed how countries like Angola were funding their political parties and movements by selling conflict diamonds. This led to the UN Security Council Resolution 1295 and diamond producing countries in Africa to meet in Kimberley, South Africa in order to halt the trade of these diamonds. However the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme has failed to stop the flow of blood diamonds. Nevertheless the valuable diamonds are nowadays more conflict free and have benefitted many countries, especially Botswana. So next time you look at a shiny engagement ring you can be more sure than ever that it is conflict free, though there is still work to be done.

  • provide a mapping of international bribery in terms of: who is involved, in what context (privatisation/public procurement), in which industrial sectors, in which countries and involving what sanctions;

  • test the policies and procedures put in place to deter international bribery by governments departments, international financial institutions, export credit agencies and other donors - and to draw out lessons for best practice.

Get Involved

Specifically, we are interested in receiving information about any reported suspicions or prosecutions of bribery in your region, country or elsewhere involving: 

  • Multinational companies (MNCs) operating at home or abroad;

  • Projects supported by multilateral development banks (MDBs) such as the World Bank or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD);

  • Projects supported by OECD Export Credit Agencies (ECAs): ECAs are government agencies that provide the main bulk of public financial support to domestic OECD companies operating overseas. Click here for a list of ECAs.

  • Projects supported by bilateral and multilateral donors: donors such as Dfid (UK), CIDA (Canada), BMZ (Germany) and the EU's European Development Fund are important funders of major infrastructure projects. Click here for a list of main donors.

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UNICORN is a Global Unions Anti-corruption Network. It 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 financed by the Foundation Open Society Institute