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Cracking Down on Corporate Corruption: the UK focuses on the public-private interface. It tracks incidences of bribery and other (legal) types of corporate corruption, and provides details of legal, administrative and voluntary measures aimed at deterring and sanctioning corporate corruption in all its forms.


  • Guide: Trade Union and Citizens Guide to the OECD Anti-bribery Convention.

  • Tool-kit: Trade Unions Combating Corruption.




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.


Spain is the next country to be reviewed under the OECD Anti-bribery Convention: a team of experts will visit Madrid from 3rd - 7th October 2005. Anyone with information on Spanish multinational companies and international bribery should contact the OECD Anti-corruption secretariat.


July 2005, the Communique from the G8 Summit in Gleneagles includes the commitment to "reduce bribery by the private sector by rigorously enforcing laws against the bribery of foreign public officials, including prosecuting those engaged in bribery; strengthening anti-bribery requirements for those applying for export credits and credit guarantees..."


June 2005, the IV Global Forum on Combating Corruption - From Words to Deeds was held in Brasilia and attended by government and NGO representatives from 103 countries. The Final Declaration encourages "governments to deny safe haven to corrupt persons and entities 'public and private'".


May 2005, European NGOs formed the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation calling, inter alia, for a "mandatory system of electronic registration and reporting for all lobbyists with a significant annual lobbying budget."


April 2005, Ambassador Paul W. Speltz of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the ADB debars corrupt firms from all ADB-sponsored activities - not just procurement. It aims to publish a list of debarred firms.


March 2005, the OECD published reports on the performances of the UK and Japan in implementing overseas bribery laws. The UK was found to be lacking resources - and political will. Earlier in March, 'Our Common Interest: Report of the Commission for Africa', turned the spotlight on the devastating impacts of corruption in Africa, drawing attention to the roles and responsibilities of OECD MNCs and Export Credit Agencies.


In February 2005, the OECD published its report of Slovenia's implementation of laws criminalising overseas bribery:  

In January 2005, Belgium and Sweden were under scrutiny for their implementation of international bribery laws.  






UNICORN is financed by the Foundation Open Society Institute