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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.

The effects are far-reaching: corruption can undermine political, social and economic stability, and ultimately threaten 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.
  • 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. In November 2015, the 6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery was held in New Delhi, India.

News
16 October 2017

INTERPOL meeting targets wildlife crime through collaboration


18 July 2017

How to identify cash and asset smugglers focus of INTERPOL workshop


15 June 2017

Multi-billion dollar forestry crime to be treated as white collar crime – INTERPOL


14 June 2017

INTERPOL and IOC train Nordic sports bodies against manipulation


12 May 2017

INTERPOL and IOC hold joint sport integrity training in West Africa


28 April 2017

Tackling match-fixing focus of INTERPOL and IOC meetings in Thailand


21 March 2017

International Day of Forests: INTERPOL's global role in environmental security


10 March 2017

INTERPOL programme to combat financial crimes in forestry sector launched in Indonesia


07 February 2017

INTERPOL and IACA unite efforts in combating corruption


20 January 2017

INTERPOL launches new project targeting African-Asian wildlife crime links


12 December 2016

Combating financial crimes linked to cocaine trafficking focus of INTERPOL training


09 December 2016

Global corruption in forestry sector worth USD 29 billion a year – INTERPOL report


05 December 2016

IOC and INTERPOL host national integrity in sport training in Ukraine


08 September 2016

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption in Africa


05 July 2016

Regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief mission to El Salvador


01 June 2016

INTERPOL-IOC training to combat crimes in sport ahead of Rio Olympics


12 May 2016

Tackling corruption requires collective response, INTERPOL Chief tells international summit


15 April 2016

INTERPOL training in Argentina targets corruption in the forestry sector


22 March 2016

Sports integrity focus of WADA President’s visit to INTERPOL


21 March 2016

International Day of Forests: the role of environmental security


14 January 2016

INTERPOL issues Red Notice against Papa Massata Diack at France's request


INTERPOL Anti Corruption and Financial Crime Unit

Combating corruption and financial crimes

Sebastian Bley, INTERPOL Head of Anti-Corruption Unit

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

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