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 .


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.

20 diciembre 2017

Anti-corruption and integrity in sport focus of INTERPOL meetings

01 diciembre 2017

Strengthening corruption investigation skills focus of INTERPOL workshops

06 noviembre 2017

INTERPOL meeting tackles social engineering fraud

16 octubre 2017

INTERPOL meeting targets wildlife crime through collaboration

18 julio 2017

How to identify cash and asset smugglers focus of INTERPOL workshop

15 junio 2017

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

14 junio 2017

INTERPOL and IOC train Nordic sports bodies against manipulation

12 mayo 2017

INTERPOL and IOC hold joint sport integrity training in West Africa

28 abril 2017

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

21 marzo 2017

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

10 marzo 2017

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

07 febrero 2017

INTERPOL y la Academia Internacional contra la Corrupción (IACA) aúnan esfuerzos para combatir la corrupción

20 enero 2017

INTERPOL launches new project targeting African-Asian wildlife crime links

12 diciembre 2016

INTERPOL imparte un curso sobre lucha contra los delitos financieros vinculados al tráfico de cocaína

09 diciembre 2016

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

05 diciembre 2016

IOC and INTERPOL host national integrity in sport training in Ukraine

08 septiembre 2016

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption in Africa

05 julio 2016

La seguridad regional y mundial, tema central de la visita del jefe de INTERPOL a El Salvador

01 junio 2016

Cómo hacer frente a los delitos en el ámbito deportivo: curso de INTERPOL y el COI preparatorio de las Olimpiadas de Río

12 mayo 2016

Tackling corruption requires collective response, INTERPOL Chief tells international summit

15 abril 2016

La lucha contra la corrupción en el sector forestal, objetivo de un curso de INTERPOL en Argentina

22 marzo 2016

Sports integrity focus of WADA President’s visit to INTERPOL

21 marzo 2016

International Day of Forests: the role of environmental security

14 enero 2016

A petición de Francia, INTERPOL publica una notificación roja sobre Papa Massata Diack

INTERPOL Anti Corruption and Financial Crime Unit

Combating corruption and financial crimes

Sebastian Bley, INTERPOL Head of Anti-Corruption Unit

3rd Expert Group Meeting on Social Engineering Fraud
30 and 31 October 2017, Lyon, France

Definición de corrupción

“La corrupción es cualquier acción u omisión contraria a la ley o a la confianza y cuya finalidad sea el lucro, cometida por una persona u organización, ya sea pública o privada.”

Definición de corrupción elaborada por los expertos de INTERPOL

Supporting the UN Convention against Corruption