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Corruption

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 .

Partners

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:

Events

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.

News
30 avril 2015

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

SANTIAGO, Chile – Enhancing skills in asset recovery and money laundering investigations was the focus of a specialized training course for law enforcement officers in Latin America.Part of an ongoing project coordinated by INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for South America and the Financial Action Group of Latin America (GAFILAT) supported by the European Unio...
30 janvier 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes

TALLINN, Estonia – Heads of anti-corruption agencies, senior investigators and prosecutors came together in Estonia for the 10th INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery to examine the challenges to successful investigations and prosecutions of corruption-related cases, and to discuss possible sol...
23 décembre 2014

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

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Identifying new mechanisms to assist law enforcement efforts in identifying and seizing criminal assets was the focus of an INTERPOL meeting at the United Nations headquarters.During the three-day (17 – 19 December) working group meeting some 90 experts from 32 countries and six international organizations, including a number of...
11 septembre 2014

Conférence INTERPOL-StAR pour plus de coopération dans les enquêtes sur le recouvrement d’avoirs

VIENNE (Autriche) – Faire en sorte que les enquêteurs travaillant sur le recouvrement d’avoirs aient accès aux outils et au soutien mondial nécessaires pour mener des enquêtes transnationales était le thème central de la 5ème Conférence des points de contact internationaux pour le recouvrement d’avoirs, qui s’est tenue à Vienne.Plus de 170 enquêteurs et p...
11 mars 2014

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

LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, examined areas in which Italy can strengthen its cooperation with the world police body.As Italy will hold the European Union presidency during the second half of 2014, Prefec...
14 février 2014

La lutte contre la corruption dans les transactions commerciales, thème d’un atelier INTERPOL

NEW DELHI (Inde) – Des chefs de services anticorruption et des enquêteurs et procureurs chevronnés se sont réunis en Inde pour débattre des moyens qui leur permettront de déceler des faits de corruption dans les transactions commerciales internationales, d’enquêter sur ces faits et d’engager des poursuites, dans le cadre du 7ème Programme mondial INT...

Définition de la corruption

« On entend par corruption tout accomplissement ou abstention d’un acte par un individu ou une organisation, publique ou privée, en violation de la loi ou d’une charge, afin d’en retirer un avantage pécuniaire ou autre. »

Définition de la corruption par des spécialistes d’INTERPOL

Supporting the UN Convention against Corruption