Guide for conforming to the rules on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions.
Today, the fight against corruption no longer applies only to the activities of the company itself but also to the practices of its suppliers and other businesses involved. For many Belgian companies operating abroad, corruption creates real difficulties and is one of the most complex problems they face. The fight against corruption does not only involve business, it is a moral duty to society as a whole. Corruption represents a major obstacle to economic development and the eradication of poverty, worsening the consequences of economic and social inequalities.
With this brochure, Belgium wants to raise awareness among companies doing business in international markets for goods and services, by warning them of the many risks and their consequences. It is also about providing them with practical tools and concrete examples to deal with corruption as well as possible ways to help them establish their own code of conduct. Responsible Management implies a clear distinction between allowed practices and unacceptable practices. The management of the company must adopt a clear position on this matter.
This brochure is the result of the cooperation between the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises established in the Federal Public Service Economy and the FPS Justice on the one hand, and the organizations representing the interests of businesses in our country on the other hand, the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium and the Belgian Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.