Corruption is universal. It affects all regions of the world and all levels of society, but the impact is greatest in developing countries.

If left unchecked, corruption will undermine political, social and economic stability, ultimately threatening the safety and security of society as a whole.

Corruption creates a fertile ground for organized criminal activities, even terrorism, as criminals are aided in their illegal activities by the complicity of corrupt public officials.

Economic globalization has made corruption a borderless crime. The competitive world of international business can leave companies exposed to bribes and fraudulent financial practices. Corrupt transactions can cross multiple jurisdictions, making the ensuing police investigation time-consuming and complex.

What INTERPOL does

The ability to coordinate global action is vital for the world’s police and judicial systems. INTERPOL’s initiatives include:

  • International asset recovery: The Global Focal Point Network for Asset Recovery assists law enforcement bodies in returning stolen public funds to victim countries. Accessible via INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network (I-24/7), the platform allows authorized users to exchange information and better coordinate their investigations. Among the tools on offer is SECOM, a secure web-based email capability.
  • Operational support: We can coordinate working meetings between member countries in order to facilitate investigations that cover more than one jurisdiction, while Corruption Response Teams can be rapidly deployed to support investigations in the field.
  • Training: Success in international asset recovery depends on sound and credible investigation. INTERPOL offers regional training workshops to investigators and prosecutors, focusing on evidence, through the INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery .


The complexities of international corruption require a multi-sector and cross-border response. As such, we work closely with a number of partners to fight corruption globally. Activities include promoting the exchange of information, establishing best practices and providing training to officers around the globe. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) sets out an international framework invaluable in the fight against corruption and serves as a guide to many of our initiatives.

Our international partners include, among others:


As part of our projects and partnerships, we take part in and organize a number of corruption-related events, such as conferences, meetings and training workshops, involving our partners, contact points, member countries, prosecutors and investigators. In November 2015, the 6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery was held in New Delhi, India.

18 November 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation

18 November 2015

Global asset recovery cooperation focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference

09 November 2015

INTERPOL supporting French investigation into athletics corruption

19 October 2015

Peru gears up to protect sport’s integrity

09 October 2015

China visit by INTERPOL Chief focuses on international police collaboration

23 September 2015

INTERPOL and FBI to forge closer ties against terrorism and cybercrime

21 September 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes

08 September 2015

Senior Chinese official and INTERPOL Chief meet on international police collaboration

06 August 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana

04 June 2015

Combating corruption in the forestry sector focus of INTERPOL training in Malaysia

13 May 2015

New INTERPOL notice could provide global link in targeting criminal assets

30 April 2015

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption and money laundering in Latin America

30 January 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes

23 December 2014

Identifying new law enforcement tools to enhance asset tracing and recovery focus of INTERPOL meeting

11 September 2014

INTERPOL-StAR conference aims to increase cooperation in asset recovery investigations

11 March 2014

Italy Police Chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on enhancing law enforcement cooperation

14 February 2014

Combating corruption in business transactions focus of INTERPOL workshop

6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery
November 2015, New Delhi, India

Combating corruption and financial crimes

What is corruption?

"Corruption is any course of action or failure to act by individuals or organizations, public or private, in violation of law or trust for profit or gain."

Definition of corruption by INTERPOL experts

Supporting the UN Convention against Corruption